Scrappers extend losing streak to seven games
By Hayden Grove
July 9, 2013
STATE COLLEGE, PA- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers now own the worst record in the entirety of the New York Penn League, as they fell to the State College Spikes on Tuesday night by a final score of 12-5.
Just seven days ago, the Scrappers owned a record of 7-9; a record some would call respectable. Fast forward a week and the Scrappers have yet to win a game and are currently 7-16 with a .304 winning percentage on the season.
During the current seven-game slide, the Scrappers have amassed some disturbing numbers, particularly from the mound.
Three times, the Scrappers have allowed more than 10 runs. Six times, they’ve allowed more than five runs. The lowest run total they’ve allowed is four, which came in last night’s battle from Happy Valley.
In tonight’s matchup, things looked to be turning around for Mahoning Valley, as the Scrappers got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After a couple of early hits, a costly wild pitch from Spikes starter Willy Paulino plated two Scrappers runs and sparked some optimism.
Quickly, that optimism was squashed as the Spikes answered back with a run off of Scrappers starter Rob Whitenack in the bottom of the first and took a 3-2 lead in the very next inning. Another run crossed in the third, and the Spikes had a 4-2 lead.
The Scrappers did, however, show resilience, as they brought across three in the top of the fifth and took a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, Whitenack earned his third loss of the year when he allowed two runs in the bottom of the inning to put his team behind again, 6-5.
In 4.2 innings, Whitenack, the former Akron Aero and Carolina Mudcat, allowed five hits, six runs, four earned, and two walks, while only striking out three. His ERA swelled to 4.24 on the season, while his record sunk to a lowly 1-3.
Just as was the case with the first six runs allowed by the Scrappers, the next six runs came from the same pitcher.
Kerry Doane had quite the forgettable outing or--more specifically--inning, on Tuesday night. The bottom of the seventh proved to be one of the worst of Doane’s young career.
In the seventh inning, Kerry Doane allowed seven hits and six runs, including a big home run, before finally recording three outs and ending the inning. The Scrappers were down a run coming into the inning, but the game went from a close-call to a laugher in the span of about ten at-bats.
Doane and his six-run inning sent the Scrappers to that league worst 9-17 mark and worsened the week-long free fall.
The Scrappers will try to end the free-fall tomorrow night against the Tri-City River Cats in the first game of a six game home-stand.
Dace Kime is scheduled to make his second professional start for the Scrappers, as the River Cats will send out Adrian Houser to get his first win of the year.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm on Military Appreciation Night at Eastwood Field.