Scrappers fall 2-1 in 10th inning
Luis Lugo dominates but Scrappers surrender walk-off hit in extras
BATAVIA, NY- For the second night in a row, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers lost via the walk-off, falling to the Batavia Muckdogs 2-1.
In a night filled with stellar pitching from both teams, the Muckdogs brought in a run off of this year’s 22nd round draftee, Ben Heller, in the bottom of the tenth, giving them their second consecutive one-run victory.
Heller walked two and gave-up two hits without getting a single out in the tenth, essentially handing the Muckdogs the game and the three-game series. It was surprising that Heller looked so terrible, as he struck out five batters in 2.1 innings during his professional debut just three days ago.
As it has been for most of the Scrappers season thus far, pitching was the story on Saturday night.
Luis Lugo, the 6’5, 200 pound phenom out of Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, put together his second straight quality start for the Scrappers, the first coming in the opening game of the season. Both starts have looked remarkably similar, and regardless of his quality performances, he has not a win to his credit.
Tonight, in five innings against Batavia, he allowed only one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out one. The run was the result of an error, and therefore was unearned.
Lugo has pitched 10 innings on the season, allowing only two runs, nine hits, and one walk. His ERA is now at an outstanding 0.90 and he is certainly living up to his hype, as Indians Baseball Insider has rated him the 25th best prospect of the Indians entire minor league system.
The only run for the Scrappers on the night came from the ninth hitter in the lineup, right-fielder Juan Romero, who smoked a solo shot in the top of the sixth for his first home run of the season.
Other than the lone swing, Batavia starter Ryan Newell had the Scrappers guessing all night. Newell allowed only three hits and one run in six innings, while striking out eight Scrappers and avoiding a single walk. The Batavia bullpen followed suit, allowing just two hits and two walks in four innings.
The Batavia Muckdogs took two out of three games against the Scrappers, bringing them to a respectable .500 on the season. Mahoning Valley falls to 2-4, after starting at 2-2.
The Scrappers return home tomorrow night for a five game home-stand, staring against the Auburn Doubledays and finishing with the State College Spikes.
Tomorrow night is Superheroes Night at Eastwood Field and Scrappers starter Caleb Hamrick will try to show off his own super-powers against Jake Johansen of the Doubledays.
Interestingly enough, Johansen graduated from the same school, Dallas Baptist, that Hamrick was slated to play for before signing with the Indians.
These fellow Texans will be taking on each other at 5:05 pm.