Scrappers win rain-shortened contest
July 27, 2012
Mother nature doesn’t want the Scrappers and Yankees to play baseball. Or at least it would seem that way. After heavy storms forced a cancellation of Thursday night’s affair, she interrupted the first of Friday’s doubleheader, forcing an abrupt end to what was supposed to be a doubleheader. With the Scrappers leading 5-3 in the top of seventh, a small but severe storm moved through that soaked the field, ending the first game, and causing a cancellation of the second game. The early ending did benefit the Scrappers, though, as they were able to pick up the win and earn a split in the rain shortened series.
Before any baseball would be played, though, the threat of storms in the area delayed the start of the game by 25 minutes. When the tarp was finally pulled, Jake Sisco got the start in what was supposed to be the first of two seven-inning ballgames. Sisco has been one of the Scrappers best starters this year, entering with a 2.68 ERA on the season. He didn’t have his best stuff Friday, but he was still able to make it through 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.
Sisco got a major boost from the offense before any of his damage came, though. With no score in the bottom of the second, the Scrapper offense erupted for four runs. With two outs, a suddenly clutch Robel Garcia stepped to the plate with the bases full after an Evac Frazar single, Jeremy Lucas walk and Juan Romero single. Garcia delivered, driving a ball into the left-field corner that drove in a pair. Hunter Jones followed with single up the middle to bring home the two runners on base and give the Scrappers a 4-0 lead.
The Yankees would fight back, though, scoring a run in each of the third, fifth, and sixth innings against Sisco. In the third, Claudio Custodio singled and stole second before being driven home by Exicardo Cayones. Then, in the fifth and sixth, Sisco got burnt by a pair of two out doubles that followed with RBI hits to bring the game back to 4-3. Robbie Aviles replaced Sisco with two outs in the sixth to get the final out of the inning.
The Scrappers would pick up an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning after Robel Garcia doubled home Erik Gonzalez to make it a 5-3 ballgame. That’s when the skies began to rumble. After completing the inning, the grounds crew had a long chat with both managers and home plate umpire Jeff Andrews. Ultimately, they chose to try and squeeze in the last half inning of baseball before the rain. It didn’t happen. Aviles came back out and threw two pitches, both strikes, before the rain started to come. And it came in buckets.
After waiting out the weather for another forty-six minutes, the decision came to cancel the second game, and make the first official after six. Picking up the win in the shortened game was the starter Sisco, with Aviles earning his first save of the season. Evan Rutckyj took the loss. With the win, the Scrappers move to 20-18 on the season. They now welcome in another New York team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, for a three game set beginning tomorrow at 7:05.
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