Offense propels Scrappers to Opening Day win, 10-9
Mahoning Valley registered 14 hits, and surrendered 14 hits in Friday's thriller.
JAMESTOWN, NY - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers did not leave their offense in Arizona when they ended extended spring training. That offense was on display early and often on Opening Night as the Scrappers batted around the order and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on their way to a 10-9 victory.
The Scrappers opened the scoring in the first inning when Joel Mejia scored on Francisco Mejia’s RBI single with two outs. Three batters later Yonathan Mendoza singled to drive home Mejia with the second run of the inning. Mahoning Valley would take on two more runs on a bases loaded walk to Jorge Martinez and a RBI single from Ordomar Valdez to cap off a four-run first inning.
The offense kept adding runs in the second and third innings, eventually pushing the Scrappers lead out to 7-1. The Scrappers were able to hit around the order in the first inning and then scored at least one run in each of the first six innings. The big blows came from Francisco Mejia who piled up three RBI on two singles and a double.
On the mound it was Sean Brady, the 2013 5th round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians, getting the start. Brady used his breaking ball effectively through the first four innings while allowing five runs on eight hits. Luis Gomez followed Brady in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Gomez struck out six over three innings, while allowing three runs on three hits. James Stokes closed out the win by working a two inning save. Stokes finished the game allowing one run on three hits and striking out two to record his first save of the season. Scrappers’ pitchers combined to walk only one batter, while striking out eleven.
The Scrappers and Jammers will continue their series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM when Juan Santana takes the mound for Mahoning Valley. The Scrappers return home on Tuesday, June 17 for the home opener at Eastwood Field. Catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.