Scrappers stay hot; drop Aberdeen 3-1
Mahoning Valley wins for 11th time in last 13 games
By Hayden Grove
July 30, 2013
ABERDEEN, MD- The news of Juan Herrera’s imminent departure from the Scrappers was a tough pill to swallow, but not tough enough to keep Mahoning Valley from continuing their winning ways and beating the Aberdeen Ironbirds 3-1.
Herrera, the sure-handed shortstop, was dealt this afternoon to St. Louis in a move that gave the Indians left-handed reliever, Marc Rzepcynski, to bolster their struggling bullpen. A part of this team for the majority of two seasons, he was a big part of this ballclub and will certainly be missed in the Scrappers clubhouse.
The good-byes were said, the hugs were given, and the bus on it’s way when the Scrappers geared up to face the Aberdeen Ironbirds in the house that Cal Ripken literally built.
In front of a massive crowd of 5,251, the Scrappers dominance on the mound secured their eleventh victory in the past thirteen games.
Kenny Matthews started for the Scrappers and pitched three innings of two hit baseball, not allowing a single run to score. The performance earned him a no decision, but his ERA now stands at 1.20, a very impressive number.
While Matthews was brilliant, Scrappers reliever Cole Sulser was extraordinary.
In four innings of work, Sulser allowed a single base runner en route to his second win of the year. His four innings of nearly flawless work brought his ERA down to 1.65 on the season.
Trevor Frank relieved Sulser in the eighth and allowed a home run, but picked up his first save of the year in his two innings from the hill.
Overall, Scrappers pitchers allowed just five hits and one run in nine innings, while not allowing a single free pass and striking out eight.
With those numbers from the mound, the Scrappers offense didn’t feel the pressure to perform and did just enough to get the win.
Not one Scrapper had more than one hit on the evening and only one of those hits was of the extra-base variety.
The Scrappers scored two of their runs in the third inning, thanks to multiple errors from the Ironbirds and a sac fly from Claudio Bautista. Their final run came in the eighth on the aforementioned double from Paul Hendrix that scored Juan Romero and secured a three-run lead for the Scrappers.
On a side-note, Nellie Rodriguez was held hitless for the Scrappers for the first time since July 24th in a win against the State College Spikes. Nellie, however, did draw a walk in that game.
Tomorrow night, the NYPL leader in ERA, Luis Lugo (1-3, 1.47) will try to propel the Scrappers to their 12th win in the last 14 games and their second consecutive series victory.
As are all of the games in this three-game set against the IronBirds, the Scrappers game will be televised on MILB.com. This series marks one of the few occurrences of the season that the Scrappers can be seen on the computer.
First pitch from the beautiful Ripken Stadium is set for 7:05.