WILLIAMSPORT, PA- As has been the theme this season and the story last night, errors from the Scrappers cost them yet another a winnable game, as the CrossCutters were victorious on Monday night by a final score of 4-2.
The Scrappers had five total errors in Monday’s contest, all of which were monumental in scoring situations. Multiple errors were what gave the CrossCutters a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning and multiple errors were what won the CrossCutters the game in the eighth.
The Williamsport win means back-to-back two-game series sweeps for Scrappers opponents and a 1-5 mark since the NYPL All-Star break for Mahoning Valley.
At the outset, however, things seemed to be looking up for the Scrappers.
After getting no-hit in last night’s affair, the Scrappers bats woke up early and scored the game’s opening run in the top of the second, as Paul Hendrix
hit an RBI double that gave the Scrappers an early lead.
The aforementioned errors that gave the CrossCutters a 2-1 advantage were erased when Claudio Bautista
tied the game at two in the top of the fifth when he smoked an RBI-triple- his third of the season- off of Williamsport reliever Jonathan Musser
That’s where the offense for both teams would end until the bottom of the eighth when the comedy of errors finally caught up to the Scrappers.
The lack of offensive production from both sides was thanks to Scrappers starter Kenny Matthews and CrossCutters starter Julio Reyes
, who had remarkably similar performances on the evening.
Both pitchers pitched four innings, allowed one earned run, and struck out three batters, but Matthews only walked two while Reyes walked three and Matthews allowed four hits while Reyes allowed only two.
The relievers who followed their respective starts, unbelievably, were very similar as well.
In three innings of work for each, Scrappers reliever Alexis Paredes
and Williamsport’s Musser allowed just one hit a piece, but Musser walked two and struck out two while Paredes struck out three and walked one.
It was Breily Puerta
who suffered through the error-filled eighth for the Scrappers and Felix Santos
who closed out the sweep for the CrossCutters.
The Scrappers, now at 23-34 on the season, finally return home tomorrow night after a week-long road trip and begin a three-game set with the Jamestown Jammers.
The young Texan, Caleb Hamrick
(1-5, 4.00), will toe the rubber for the Scrappers against Jammers starter Chad Kuhl
First pitch is set for 7:05 pm from Eastwood Field.