Mahoning Valley Scrappers use strong pitching to top Auburn, 2-1
Auburn, NY- One inning was all it took for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to score enough runs to secure their 7th win of the season on Wednesday night in Auburn. The Scrappers scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning and then hung on to win a pitcher’s duel, 2-1 over the Auburn Doubledays.
In the top of the 1st inning, Ordomar Valdez started the ballgame with a walk. He was thrown out trying to steal on the first pitch toSteven Patterson. Two pitches later, Patterson launched his first professional homerun deep down the right field line for a 1-0 lead.Bradley Zimmer followed and drew the second walk of the inning off of Doubledays’ starter, Drew Van Orden (0-1). Francisco Mejia followed with a single. When right fielder Clay Williamsonbobbled the ball, Zimmer was able to advance to third. Williamson was charged with an error. The error was costly for Auburn when Leo Castillo then grounded out, allowing Zimmer to score what would be the winning run.
The Scrappers would add 2 more hits before a rain delay stopped play for over an hour in the top of the 3rd inning. When play resumed, the pitcher’s duel followed. The Doubldays would retire the next 11 straight Scrappers hitters once play started back up. The Scrappers would not get another base runner until Castillo drew a 2 out walk in the 5th inning.
Mahoning Valley’s pitchers were up for the challenge of matching the Doubledays. After a leadoff single from Jose Marmolejos in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Scrappers would retire the next 15 Auburn hitters.
Starter Juan Santana, who returned to the mound after the delay, worked 4 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits. He walked 1 batter and struck out 2. Justin Garcia (2-0) would follow Santana to the mound. Garcia worked a perfect 3 innings. He did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out 5 of 9 batters he faced to pick up the win. Edward Estrella worked the 8th and 9th innings to get his first save of the season. Estrella did allow a leadoff homerun toAustin Davidson in the 9th inning to pull Auburn to within 1 at 2-1 before retiring the next 3 in order.
With the win the Scrappers move to 7-12 on the season and will have an opportunity to win the series in Auburn on Thursday night.
The Scrappers and Doubledays will conclude their series on Thursday night at 7:05. It will be the final time the Scrappers play in Auburn this season. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.