Mahoning Valley offense jammed up by Jamestown
The Scrapper offense probably wishes they could have stayed a few extra nights in Jamestown. After collecting 15 hits in Friday’s twin bill against the Jammers in Jamestown, they only collected two hits at Eastwood Field in a 5-2 loss Saturday night.
Jake Sisco was tabbed to start for the Scrappers, as he looked to add on to what has been a dominant string of starts. In his prior three outings, Sisco had allowed just one earned run in 17 innings, giving up only 12 hits while fanning eight.
He didn’t quite have the sharpness he had displayed in those starts early on, however. He allowed the Jammer offense to steal a run early, when a two-out RBI single followed a two-out double. He allowed another in the second, giving up a solo homerun to Jammer Kentrell Dewitt. In the third, he surrendered another run after allowing back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame. Then, with one out and a runner on third base, Matt Juengel poked a line-drive into right field to score second run, and give supply the Jammers with a 4-0 lead after three.
Sisco was able to settle down over his final three innings of work, allowing only one base runner that came with two-outs in the sixth. He finished after the sixth, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
“I felt like I was making good pitches in the beginning, but they were making good contact early in the count,” said Sisco. “I had to talk with Charlie and start mixing things up a little earlier. We decided we’re going to have to start mixing things up earlier in the game.”
“There were a number of pitches that I thought should not have been thrown,” said manager Ted Kubiak of Sisco. “But he got better, he definitely got better. That’s why we left him out there another inning. They just hit him well early. That happens.”
Over that same six-inning stretch, the Scrappers offense was virtually nonexistent, as they were held completely in check by Jammer starter Ramon Del Orbe. Del Orbe was coming off one of his best starts of the year, where he went six innings, allowing just two runs.
He did more than that against the Scrappers, holding them to just one hit over six innings of work. That lone hit came from Charlie Valerio in the second inning when hepoked a single up the middle. Valerio ended up in scoring position after Aaron Siliga reached base on a fielding error from the first baseman. Valerio was caught stealing after batter Erik Gonzalez failed to make contact on a hit-and-run attempt, however, as they failed to capitalize on the error.
The Scrappers were again able to put a runner in scoring position in the fifth, after Andrew Campbell reached on a fielder’s choice, and was balked to second with only one out. Again, though, Del Orbe was able to wiggle out of trouble, and worked a clean sixth to exit with a 4-0 lead.
After Del Orbe left, the Scrapper offense was finally able to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Juancito Martinez. After Erik Gonzalez walked with one out, Andrew Campbell chopped a soft grounder between the mound andfirst that the pitcher Martinez tried to make a play on. Instead though, he delivered an errant toss over the first baseman that ended up rolling 20 feet away from the bag, allowingGonzalez to score, and Campbell to advance to second. Then, after a wild pitch put Campbell on third, a Hunter Jones RBI groundout gave the Scrappers a two run inning and cut the deficit in half.
Unfortunately, they would give a run back immediately in the eighth inning, when Matt Juengel launched a solo homerun into the Jammer bullpen. The run came off of Luis Encarnacion, who worked the final three innings, allowing just the one hit.
The Scrappers were unable to threaten in the eighth orninth, as the Jammers were able to put the finishing touches on a 5-2 victory.
“We didn’t hit. We can’t do much with one hit, which is basically all we had,” said Kubiak. “They just beat us tonight. On any night anybody can win, that’s just the way the game is. We’re two very similar teams.”
Del Orbe picked up the win for Jamestown, while Sisco took the loss. With the loss, the Scrappers move to 16-17 on the season. They will look to earn a split against the Jammers on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05
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