Scrappers fall to Muckdogs in pitcher's duel, 3-1
Mahoning Valley managed just 3 hits in the loss on Friday
NILES, OH - Happy Fourth of July from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers who played Batavia Muckdogs on the day of our independence. The fans swarmed in with the largest crowd of the season to enjoy not only a day of America’s favorite pastime but also celebrating the Fourth of July with a fireworks display following the game. Though the display was marvelous the Scrappers fell short to the Muckdogs.
Trailing the Muckdogs the Scrappers had a score of 3-1.
At the top of the first inning the Scrappers were on fire with three out made quickly. Defensively they were looking strong. With Yonathan Mendoza on first, Steven Patterson had a nice shot down first with a ground ball that traveled the line the whole way bringing in Mendoza for the first run of the game.
At the top of the second Taylor Murphy in right field had a nice catch giving the Scrappers their first out. Pitcher Julian Merryweather was having one great game today up at the mound so far with producing strikes.
Manager Ted Kubiak had nothing but positive things to say about Merryweather "he had a great putting today and pitched really well".
At the top of the third the Muckdogs are right back in it when they scored one. Steven Patterson who played second had an impressive diving and throw from his knees out made the crowd go wild with that third out.
At the top of the fourth left fielder D'Vone McClure had a nice catch on a fly ball hit out to hit. Second baseman Austin Fisher had a ground ball hit to the the right of him which he backhanded, threw and got the second out for the Scrappers. The last out was a strike out by pitcher Jukian Merryweather. The Scrappers offensively have been able to get runners on base but unable to advance the runners or produce the hits to create runs.
In the top of the fifth Austin Fisher had a caught ball for the first out. Second baseman Steven Patterson had a ball hit to him where he caught it and the runner for the the Muckdogs literally stopped dead in his tracks and didn't even make the attempt to run back to first. Patterson threw to first getting the third out. D'Vone McClure finally found a hole on the field between third and short, hitting a nice single.
Center fielder Josh McAdams, at the top of the sixth, caught a high fly hit to him getting the first out. Third baseman Yonathan Mendoza had a ground ball hit to him that he fielded cleanly and threw to first to get out number two. Austin Fisher gave the Scrappers the third out by fielding the a ground ball and threw to first. Steven Patterson had a nice single that was hit out to right field.
Austin Fisher is a vacuum over at short stop and Ted Kubiak, manager for the Scrappers, praised Fisher with this compliment "He reads the ball off the bat pretty well and that's a really difficult thing to do. Not many infielders, including big league guys, can do that properly and I think he has a knack for doing that".
In the seventh inning center fielder for the Scrappers Josh McAdams tracked down the first out hit to him. A fly ball over his head but McAdams caught it with no trouble.
Third baseman Yonathan Mendoza may have fumbled a bit with a ball that was hit to him but he remained as cool as a cucumber when he threw to first. It was a close call but Leo Castillo stretched to catch the throw and the out was called. Left fielder D'Vone McClure and center fielder Josh McAdams had a ball hit between them, a runner for the Muckdogs rounded second and was running to third, McClure grabbed the ball and threw home where just by a hair, catcher Martin Cervenka missed catching the ball. The Muckdogs scored one. Being backup for Cervenka, pitcher Anthony Vizcaya grabbed, threw to second and got the runner out.
Another run was scored on the Scrappers in the top of the eighth by a tag up. A ball was hit out to center fielder Josh McAdams and the runner for the Muckdogs on third tagged up. To get the last out Anthony Vizcaya struck out a Muckdogs batter. The pitching throughout this game has been going really well, as well as, the defense.
At the top of the nineth Luis DeJesus stepped in to relieve Anthony Vizcaya. Trailing the Muckdogs by two the Scrappers needed to rally up two points to tie up the game at the bottom of the ninth. Unable to produce to the hits needed to catch up falling short 3-1 to the Muckdogs.