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Mahoning Valley Scrapper win in 11 innings against Tri-CIty ValleyCats

Mahoning Valley Scrapper win in 11 innings against Tri-CIty ValleyCats
Photo credit: Mahoning Valley Scrappers
July 31, 2014
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Troy, NY-The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Tri-City ValleyCats have spent two night looking like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out. The back and forth action continued on Thursday night as the Scrappers twice scored the go ahead run in extra innings before finishing off the ValleyCats, 7-6 to hand Tri-City their first home series loss of the season.

The Scrapers found themselves down early after the ValleyCats used 4 hits to plate 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. The big hit coming on an RBI double from Mott Hyde.  

Mahoning Valley would answer back with a single run in the top of the 4th inning. Bradley Zimmer started the inning with a single and advanced to third on a single from Francisco Mejia. Zimmer would then score when Leo Castillo bounced into a double play.    

Castillo would again deliver in the top of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and Ordomar Valdez and Zimmer on base, Castillo would triple off the top of the wall in left for a 2 run triple to tie the score at 3.

Mahoning Valley would grab their first lead of the game in the top of the 7th. With 1 out, Yonathan Mendoza would walk. A wild pitch moved Mendoza to 2ndAustin Fisher would then single to score Mendoza for the lead. Fisher would also score on Greg Allen’s RBI single for a 5-3 Scrappers lead.   

Tri-City would tie the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. With 1 out, Hyde would walk and Ariel Ovando would single. Juan Santana then doubled home Hyde. Jake Rodriguez then drove in Santana with an RBI ground out to tie the game at 5.

The game would then head to extra innings after a scoreless 9th. In the top of the 10th inning, the Scrappers would retake the lead. Mejia reached on a fielder’s choice with 1 out. A wild pitch would advance Mejia to second. Castillo would once again deliver for Mahoning Valley when he singled home Mejia for a 6-5 lead. Castillo would finish the night with 3 RBI.

Once again the ValleyCats would answer. Hyde, leading off the bottom of the 10th, launched his first professional homerun into the leftfield bullpen to tie the game at 6.

In the top of the 11th inning, the Scrappers would retake the lead for good. With 1 out, Fisher and Allen would both single. A groundout would advance both. Fisher would score from third on a passed ball two pitches later for the 7-6 lead.

The drama was not done however as the ValleyCats’ Terrell Joyce hit a long fly ball to deep centerfield with 1 outs. Zimmer would make the over the shoulder catch on a full out sprint before crashing face first into the wall to end the game. Zimmer would be ok as he held on to the ball to end the game.

The loss marks the first home series loss of the year for Tri-City and also gives them their first 3 game losing streak of the season.

The Scrappers will look for the three game sweep on Friday night at 7:00. 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.

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