Scrappers blow lead in ninth, lose 3-2
August 23, 2012
BATAVIA - The Scrappers just keep finding new ways to lose. After dropping the first in their series against Batavia Monday, it looked like they would squeak by in the second as they carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. It wasn’t to be, however, as a Muckdog rally aided by a costly error was enough to propel them past the Scrappers 3-2.
For the first six innings, the name of the game was pitching, though the two opposing pitchers each played that game differently. Jake Sisco went for the Scrappers, and despite not allowing a run through the first six, he was in trouble from the outset. In the first, he allowed three runners to reach via two singles and a walk. In the second he allowed another single and walk, and a fourth single in the third. The fourth inning was the first that he was able to sit down the batters in order. Despite that, he was able to keep the Muckdogs off the board through six.
For his counterpart Ben O’Shea, it was a different story. Part could probably be attributed to good pitching, and part to the Scrappers offensive woes, but like Tuesday night, it took the Scrappers until the fifth to record their first hit. That came when Jeremy Lucas ripped his fifth double of the year with one out. No damage was done, though, as back-to-back strikeouts kept them in check. O’Shea allowed another double in the sixth, this time to Charlie Valerio, but again no dice, as both pitchers tossed shutouts threw six.
Once O’Shea departed, the offense was finally able to string together two hits, as they pushed two across in the seventh against his replacement Michael Aldrete. Dorssys Paulino started the small rally with a one out double. Then with two outs, Aldrete elected to intentially walk Aaron Siliga. That proved to be a costly decision, as Juan Romero promptly ripped a double that allowed both runners to score to make it 2-0.
Sisco remained in to pitch the seventh, and allowed Batavia to score their first run via a sacrifice fly after a one out triple to make it 2-1. Sisco would finish after seven, exiting with the lead after allowing just the one earned run on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
Robbie Aviles and Christopher Thomas both did the job out of the bullpen for their teams in the eighth, and Thomas the ninth, as Jack Wagoner entered to pitch the final inning in an attempt to close out the victory for the Scrappers.
Wagoner allowed a leadoff single to start the inning, and pinch runner Matthew Young to advance to second on a groundout. After a strikeout and only needing one out to finish the game, Wagoner allowed a two-out single to David Washington that allowed the runner at second to score. Washington was able to advance to second on a wild throw from Juan Romero that wasn’t close to getting the run at the plate. Finally, Steve Ramos grounded a ball between short and third that Joe Sever fielded but made a wild throw on, allowing the second run to score and Batavia to win in walk off fashion.
It was a gut-wrenching loss for the Scrappers to say the least, as they lose their sixth game in the last seven days. It is the third time they have lost by a run during the stretch.
Wagoner was charged with both the loss and blown save in the contest, while Thomas got the win. Now the Scrappers need to have a short memory, as they have an opportunity to salvage the final game of the series against Batavia to avoid the sweep.
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