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Scrappers beat Cyclones 2-1, take first series since June

Late-inning rally gives Scrappers victory in Brooklyn

Scrappers beat Cyclones 2-1, take first series since June
July 20, 2013
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BROOKLYN, NY- In beating the Brooklyn Cyclones by a final score of 2-1 on Friday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers broke a couple of lengthy streaks and reached some seasonal milestones.

This trip to the “Big Apple” got the Scrappers their tenth win of the season, their first series win since June 23-25th against the Auburn Doubledays, and their first pair of consecutive wins since June 19th and 20th against the Jamestown Jammers and Batavia Muckdogs.

With all of the milestones and streaks behind them, the Scrappers will now look to continue their momentum, while finding some consistency in the win column.

On Friday, Mahoning Valley relied on their ace Luis Lugo for that necessary consistency, and Lugo absolutely delivered. 

Returning to his early-season form, Lugo allowed just four hits in five scoreless innings, while striking out three and walking one. His ERA has whittled it’s way back down to a remarkable 1.75 mark; the second best mark in the entirety of the New York Penn League.

Of course, as has been the theme even in a Scrappers win, Lugo was left with a no decision as the his offense failed to score while he was on the mound.

Instead, it was Dartmouth product Cole Sulser who picked up his first win of the season for the Scrappers. Sulser continued Lugo’s brilliance on the mound, as he threw two innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball.

Although the Scrappers stole the show, the Cyclones had some stellar pitching of their own from starter Robert Gsellman.

Gsellman was nearly perfect for six innings until Martin Cervenka roped a two-RBI double that gave the Scrappers a 2-0 lead; a lead that would be good enough to give the Scrappers the W.

Overall, in seven innings, Gsellman allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out five and walking one.

Unfortunately the late 2-0 lead was not enough to keep the game drama-free for the Scrappers.

Manuel Carmona, who relieved Sulser, walked back to back hitters with one out in the eighth and put the tying and winning run on base for the Cyclones.

Fortunately, a fantastic outfield putout from Josh McAdams ended the rally with only a single blemish on the scoreboard allowed by Carmona.

Down only a run heading into the ninth, the night was over for the Cyclones. Harold Guerrero shut the door for the Scrappers and recorded his first save of the season.

The Scrappers will follow their feel-good series with Brooklyn with another series in the “City That Never Sleeps”, this time against the Staten Island Yankees.

Caleb Hamrick (1-4, 5.16) is set to start for Mahoning Valley, while the Yankees will send Conner Kendrick (1-1, 9.64) to toe the rubber.

First pitch from Richmond County Bank Ballpark, which just happens to sit on the  Hudson River and features a picturesque view of downtown Manhattan, is set for 7:00 pm.

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