Scrappers commit five errors in 8-4 loss
August 21, 2012
JAMESTOWN - Just a night after the Scrappers emerged walk off winners in a fourteen inning half-marathon, the Scrappers delivered a decidedly lackluster outing, losing 8-4 to the Jamestown Jammers
The fan of zany stats could have had a field day with this one. The Scrappers had five hits on the night, which is also the number of errors they committed. That went along with nine walks and nine strikeouts. And of their five hits? They had three singles, and two-two run homeruns. That’s just your average night at the yard.
The absurdities started in the second inning. Starter Ryan Merrit allowed a double followed by a single from Sharif Ohman to fall into an early 1-0 hole. Then came the first error, when left-fielder Andrew Campbell completely missed a line drive that scooted by him to the wall for a three base error and a second run.
For the Scrappers early on, it was either walk or strikeout. In the first three innings, they walked twice, were hit by one pitch, and struck out four times. It took them until the fourth to get their first base hit, when Evan Frazer fisted a ball into shallow right with two outs. That, as was par for the night, was followed by an inning ending strikeout.
The Jammers got on the board again in the fifth against Merrit. Rony Peralta led off the frame with a walk, and stole second before advancing to third on a throwing errorfrom catcher Richard Stock. A sacrifice fly gave them a 3-0 advantage.
Then in the sixth, it was another of error that helped the Jammers. Jesus Solorzano led off with a triple. Then what appeared to be a lazy potential sacrifice fly was hit to Juan Romero in right, who instead just missed the ball. The error allowed the run to score uncontested and the batter to reach second. Merrit allowed another single, and his night was ended in favor of James Stokes. Stokes recorded an out before allowing a two-out, two-RBI single Rony Peralta that made it 6-0. That closed the book on Merrit, who finished with six runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and two walks.
Finally in the seventh, it was another pair of errors that allowed the Jammers to score their final two runs. Cody Keefer reached with one out when Erik Gonzalez couldn’t cleanly field a ground ball. Then after a single put runners on the corners, Stokes bounced a wild pitch that scored the runner from second. A second Jammer reached when Jairo Kelly booted a ball. Anthony Gomez capitalized, singling to drive in the run and make it an 8-0 ballgame.
Meanwhile, the Scrapper offense continued their trend. In the fifth, a strikeout and two walks. In the sixth, a strikeout. In the eighth, two more walks with a rare single from Stock. Finally in the ninth, the Scrappers decided to give the few fans that remained something to cheerabout. Juan Romero walked with one out to set up an Erik Gonzalez two-run blast. Then ditto Aaron Siliga and Andrew Campbell. It was Campbell’s first of the year. In fact, it was his first at any professional level.
“Yeah, that was my first career homerun in pro-ball, it’s been three years in the waiting,” said Campbell. “I hadn’t hit the ball well all night. I thought ‘I want to see the ball better this time, and stay a bit more balanced.’ I guess I did. “
Unfortunately, the comeback wasn’t to be. Joey Wendle collected the fifth and final hit of the contest before Joe Sever struck out to end it. Even though a lot went wrong, they did manage the ninth inning rally, and they ended with the nine walks, at least a testament to their patience.
“We’re working on being more patient,” Campbell commented. “We’ve been swinging at bad pitches lately, so that’s the main thing we’re working on, looking for that one pitch that we can handle and getting after it.”
Taking the loss in the contest was the starter Merrit, who fell to 3-4 on the season. Jammer starter Drew Steckenrider got the win, as he tossed five innings of one-hitbaseball with six strikeouts.
With the loss, the Scrappers complete their second to last home stand of the season, going 1-5 in the six games. They now embark on their final six game trip of the year, beginning Tuesday night in Batavia at 7:05.
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