12-Hit attack helps Scrappers snap skid in Lowell
Mahoning Valley snaps eight-game skid with 9-3 win on Saturday
LOWELL, MA - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers came into their game on Saturday evening riding an eight game losing streak and had gone ten games without a double digit hitting performance. The offense took care of all of it in Lowell with a twelve hit attack on the way to a 9-3 win to end the losing streak at eight games.
After falling behind in the 1st inning, the Scrappers answered right back in the top of the 2nd inning. With two outs, Taylor Murphy walked. Juan De La Cruz followed with a double. Both runners would come in to score on a 2 run single from Yonathan Mendoza for a 2-1 lead.
Mahoning Valley added to the lead in 4th inning. With 1 out Murphy again walked. He moved to second on a single from De La Cruz. Then with 2 outs, Greg Allen drew a bases loaded walk to score Murphy for a 3-1 Scrappers lead.
After the Spinners tied the game with a 2 run 5th inning, the Scrappers would retake the lead for good in the top of the 7th. The inning started with Allen being hit by a pitch. Then with 1 out Bradley Zimmer singled to score Allen for the eventual game-winning run. Francisco Mejia followed Zimmer with a double off the top of the wall in right field. With 2 outs Murphy would single to score both Zimmer and Mejia.
The Scrappers added a run in the 8th inning on an RBI double from Allen. In the 9th inning the offense pushed the score out to the final of 9-3 when Mike Papi delivered his first pro hit and RBI to score Zimmer who had doubled to start the inning. Papi would also score on a throwing error on Murphy’s third single of the game.
Juan Santana started for the Scrappers and went 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3. Edward Estrella (1-0) picked up the win with 2 innings of relief work. He allowed just 1 hit while striking out 2 and walking 2. Jose Zapata pitched 1 scoreless inning of relief. He walked 1 and struck out 1 without allowing a hit. Luke Eubank pitched the final inning. He allowed 1 hit.
The Scrappers and Spinners will now head to Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon for the Futures at Fenway game. Game time is set for 3:30. 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.