Big eleventh propels Scrappers to 7-3 victory
A tide-turning call in the top of the eleventh led to a four-run Scrapper rally that helped them defeat the Auburn Doubledays 7-3.
The call came with one-out and a runner on third in a 3-3 ballgame. Hunter Jones doubled to lead off the eleventh, and reached third when Erik Gonzalez successfully put down a sacrifice bunt wit two-strikes. Then with Aaron Siliga at the plate in an 0-1 count, manager Ted Kubiak elected to attempt a suicide squeeze. Siliga missed on the attempt, making the breaking Hunter Jones a proverbial dead duck. But oddly enough, in Jones’ scramble to make it back to third, he was obstructed by pitcher Gilberto Mendez, giving him third base automatically.
Though correct, the controversial call elicited a strong reaction from Auburn manager Gary Cathcart, who was eventually run from thecontest by homeplate umpire Mike Wisemann. The call prompted a big rally from the Scrappers, as after Siliga failed to drop down the one strike bunt, he ripped a single to plate Jones with the go-ahead run. Then Joey Wendle followed with a single of his own to score Robel Garia, who had walked before Siliga and advanced on the play at third. Dorssys Paulino spearheaded the attack, as he smacked a two-RBI double that scored another pair, giving the Scrappers an almost insurmountable 7-3 extra inning lead.
Before any of the extra inning fireworks, the two teams exchanged sets of one-run innings to make it a 3-3 game. Auburn got started first, scoring a run in the first off of started Ryan Merrit on an RBI double from Brandon Miller. The run was unearned for Merrit, however, as the leadoff man Tony Renda reached via an error.
The Scrappers answered back in the third, scoring when Wendle smacked a sacrifice fly to score Jones from third. The Scrappers picked up runs in the fourth and fifth as well, both coming on RBI doubles from Evan Frazar and Dorssys Paulino, respectively.
The other Auburn runs came in the third and sixth. In the third, Merrit allowed two straight singles followed by a Wander Ramos sacrifice fly. Then in the sixth, Auburn was able to push across the tying run off of Merrit, as he allowed an RBI single to Tony Renda to make it a 3-3 game. Merrit would finish in the sixth, as he was pulled in favor of Robbie Aviles. He finished with two earned runs on elevenhits in 5.1 innings.
Neither team was able to push across another run in regulation, as both bullpens pitched well and kept the opposing offenses incheck. For the Scrappers, Robbie Aviles and Jack Wagoner combined to pitch the final 6.2 innings, allowing only four hits between them. Those solid efforts set the stage for the eleventh inning rally.
Wagoner took the win in the contest, as he pitched the final two and two-thirds to secure the win. Taking the loss was Gilberto Mendez. With the victory, the Scrapers have won the first two in the series and have a chance to sweep Auburn Sunday after getting swept in Batavia.
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