Scrappers come from behind to win 3-2
June 30, 2012
NILES - After a dramatic come from behind win on Thursday, the Scrappers once again found themselves in a ballgame with the State College Spikes. After waiting out Mother Nature for a little over an hour before the game, the Scrappers once again found themselves tied in the eighth inning. This time, they didn’t need a hit to push across the winning run.
With the game tied, Tyler Naquin ended up on second base after first baseman Jared Lakind wasn’t able to haul in a throw that should have resulted in a routine 6-3 putout. From there, it was the classic “get-em over, get-em in” situation. Jeremy Lucas laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Naquin over to second, and Charlie Valerio lifted a fly to center to bring home the go-ahead run and give the Scrappers a 3-2 win. It was a run on two sacrifices and an error without the benefit of a hit, just how you draw it up.
“You never know it in this game,” said Ted Kubiak afterwards. “They’re playing such great ball on that side, and then that happens. Lucas to get the bunt down was good, they did a great job in that situation.”
It was a big win for the Scrappers on a night where the Spikes did a lot well, too. They sent Joely Rodriguez to the bump, and he was dazzling. Scrapper hitters put together some good at-bats against him, but hispitches were just too good. He had solid movement on his fastball, and kept the Scrapper offense in check, making itthrough five innings while giving up only three hits and striking out three.
Jake Sisco was on the mound opposite Rodriguez. If the foe looked familiar to him, it was because he just saw them in his last start, when he allowed three runs in in four innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Sisco turned in a better outing this time. He was able to make it six and a third innings, while only allowing two runs and striking out four. His damage came in the third and fourth innings, as he allowed a run in each. In the third, a Samuel Gonzalez RBI tapper to second base gave the Spikes the first lead of the night. They were able to extend it in the fourth on a similar play when Jared Lakind rolled a ball to first baseman Mitch Nilsson that scored a runner from third.
Sisco pitched a perfect fifth and sixth to keep the score the same, but was relieved by Jacob Lee with an out in the seventh, and theScrappers still down a pair.
Lee was able to keep the Spike offense at bay through the seventh, but the Scrapper offense would need to do something to at least have a chance to tie the game. With one out, Joey Wendle singled to right field to ignite a Scrapper rally. He was chased home after Hunter Jones smacked his first double of the year. Jones ended up on third after a throwing error, and was promptly singled home by Aaron Siliga to tie the game. That set the stage for the eighth inning game-changer.
“I think that’s what we’ve been lacking in games in the past,” said Wendle, who finished the night 3-4. “That’s why out record isn’t quite where we’d like it to be. But we got some big hits and some clutch performances late in the game. That’s what we’re looking for.”
With the win, the Scrappers were able to pick up their first series win and their first back-to-back wins of the year.
“They’ve been working hard,” said Kubiak. “We’ve been working on things, and we’re just tying to get them to have good, basic, fundamentals. Catch the ball, throw the ball, that’s the game.”
Jacob Lee picked up the win, his first of the year. He was fantastic out of the pen, tossing two and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball and striking out five. Getting the loss was Spike Jordan Cooper, his first of the year as well.
The Scrappers have a chance to return the favor and sweep the Spikes after getting swept themselves last weekend tomorrow night at 7:05.
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