Scrappers split twin bill with Hudson Valley
July 16, 2012
HUDSON VALLEY - A washout on Sunday gave the Scrappers and Renegades the opportunity to play two Monday. The Scrappers were one up, one down in the doubleheader, winning the second game 10-6 after dropping the first 3-2.
The Scrappers had their best opportunity to win in game two, walking out one of the New York-Penn League’s top starters Luis Dejesus. Dejesus entered with a 1.29 ERA, good enough to place him sixth in the league.
Before Dejesus even had a chance to pitch, though, theoffense gave him some early run support. Marcus Bradley led of the game with a single, and ended up on third after a botched double play attempt on an Aaron Siliga ground ball. A second error with one out allowed a run to score, and put Siliga And Joe Sever on the corners. Charlie Valerio smacked a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Scrappers an early 2-0 advantage.
The Scrapper defense had a little early trouble of their own behind Dejesus in the first inning. After a leadoff single, a fielding error from Marcus Bradley placed runners on second and third with no outs. Dejesus came back two record two straight strikeouts, but got burnt on a double from Ryan Dunn that plated the two runners and knotted the contest at two.
In the third with the score still tied, the Scrapper offense made amends for the defensive miscue. Marcus Bradley led off the frame with a walk, and then after two straight groundouts put Bradley on third, the Scrappers put together a hugetwo-out rally to push across five runs. Joe Sever started the action with an RBI single. Charlie Valerio followed with his own single, and an error allowed Sever to make it home and land Valerio on second. Two more singles, from Richard Stock and Mitch Nillsson brought home a third run. Then, with the bases loaded, Jario Kelly doubled to right field to score Stock and Nilsson and give the Scrappers a 7-2 advantage.
The offense continued to pile on in the fourth. A pair of doubles to lead off the inning from Siliga and Joseph Wendle gave the Scrappers another run. Then, with the bases loaded, Valerio and Nilsson walked, running the Scrapper advantage to 10-2 after four.
The run support was plenty for Dejesus. He gave up one more run in the fifth, after a throwing error put a runner on third, and a groundout allowed him to score. He finished after five with a 10-3 lead, allowing only one earned run on five hits, a walk, and five strikeouts.
The Renegades added on three more in the last two innings of the abbreviated seven inning contest, two off of Jack Wagoner in the sixth and another off of Nick Pasquale in the seventh. It wasn’t near enough though, as the Scrappers emerged 10-6 victors in the second contest. Starter Dejesus got his third win of the year, while Renaldo Lopez took the loss.
That win came after the Scrappers dropped the first half of the doubleheader. Jake Sisco pitched six solid innings allowing only an unearned run, leaving with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, Reliever Cody Penny allowed runners to get to second and third with one out in the seventh and RenegadeLeonardo Reginatto delivered the game winner, singling to left to bring home both runners and give the Renegades a 3-2 walk-off victory.
The Scrapper runs came off of an RBI double from Joe Sever in the third, and an Evan Frazar solo blast in the sixth, his first of the year. Penny was charged with the loss and blown save, while Renegade reliever Marcus Jensen earned win.
With the doubleheader behind them, the Scrappers complete a rough road trip where they went 2-4, and committed 12 errors. They will look to get back on track at Eastwood Field, where they host the State College Spikes in a quick two game home stand starting Tuesday at 7:05.
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