Scrappers Win First Series of the Year With 4-2 Win in Auburn
Auburn, NY- It took until the third week of the season, but the Mahoning Valley Scrappers picked up their first series win and first back to back wins of the season on Thursday night in Auburn with a 4-2 win.
Kieran Lovegrove (1-0), making his 4th start of the season, set the tone for the Scrappers. Lovegrove breezed through 5 hitless innings in his best start of the year. He did not allow a run and walked 2 while striking out 5. Lovegrove kept the Doubledays off balance mixing a fastball and slider for strikes. He twice was able to work around leadoff walks by retiring the next three batters.
Mahoning Valley got the first hit and run of the game in the top of the 2nd inning. Francisco Mejia started the inning with his first triple of the season. Mejia would score one pitch later on Leo Castillo’s RBI groundout.
The Scrappers offense would add some insurance runs in the 7th. Steven Patterson started the inning with a walk. After a wild pitch, Bradley Zimmer would reach on an infield single to put runners at the corners. Zimmer promptly stole second base on the first pitch to Mejia. With first base open, the Doubledays would intentionally walk Mejia to load the bases. Castillo followed by hitting a hard one hopper off of the chest of third basemen Cody Gunter. The ball skipped off his chest and into center field for an error allowing both Patterson and Zimmer to score. It also allowed Mejia to move from first to third where he would score on a balk.
The Scrappers would see their lead cut in half in the bottom half of the 7th. David Masters started the inning with a double to left for the first hit of the game for Auburn. Jose Marmolejos followed with an RBI single. Marmolejos would later score on a sac fly from Osvaldo Abreu to make the score 4-2. It was as close as the Doubledays would get.
David Speer followed Lovegrove in relief and worked 1.1 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both earned on 3 hits. Speer struck out 2 and did not walk a batter. Dominic DeMasi relieved Speer in the 7th inning with runners at first and third. DeMasi would work 0.2 of an inning. He did not allow a hit or a run. He struck out 1 and did not walk a batter.Jordan Carter worked the final two innings for his first save of the season. Carter went 2 innings of hitless relief. He did not walk a batter and struck out 2.
The Scrappers will now head back to Eastwood Field for a 4th of July showdown with the Batavia Muckdogs. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.