Mahoning Valley Scrappers blank Aberdeen IronBirds, 7-0
NILES, Ohio –– After a well played game between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Scrappers found themselves on a winnings treak.
The Scrappers played well in the field and at the plate to come out with a 7-0 win.
At the bottom of the first with Ordomar Valdez and Yonathan Mendoza on base, Bradley Zimmer swung for the fences as with his ball hit the fence behind the center for a two-run triple.Francisco Mejia had a single out to right field bringing in Zimmer adding another run.
Finding a gap on the field, Taylor Murphy hit a ball between first and second getting a single at the bottom of the fourth. Josh McAdams hit a ball out to left field getting a double and Murphy ran clear to home where he slid to the beat the throw and score another run. Drake Roberts hit a ball between centerfield and right field for a triple and added one more run to the score. A ball hit past second by Yonathan Mendoza brought in another run for the Scrappers. The score at the end of the fifth inning was 7-0 in favor of Mahoning Valley, which proved to be the final.
Julian Merryweather pitched five innings with no runs scored against him in the game.
"I found my rhythm,” Merryweather said. “Now I feel like as a starter getting multiple starts out there in a row it's easier with a consistent routine.”
Merryweather added that his offense’s production did a lot for his poise on the mound.
"Oh yeah, getting three runs early is nice,” he said. “As a pitcher then I can relax and pitch to contact".
A great catch by shortstop Yonathan Mendoza got the last out needed at the top of the eighth for the Scrappers.
After a well-played game the Scrappers got to walk off the field, once again victorious.
Manager Ted Kubiak had nothing but positive feedback on his team as it as victorious against the IronBirds once again.
"They have been doing extremely well, and I hope to see it continue,” Kubiak said. “I'm glad they are doing it and are being aggressive. They are in a nice loser frame of mind right now which is what I look at more than anything.”