Mahoning Valley Scrappers lack scoring touch in loss to Auburn
Auburn, NY- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers keep waiting and waiting for the one game where someone steps up and delivers a clutch hit at a key moment. Unfortunately that night wasn’t Tuesday night. As the Scrappers pounded out 10 hits but left 8 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to the Auburn Doubledays in Auburn.
The Scrappers offense came into the game ranked as the 5th best in the New York Penn League and wasted little time jumping out to an early lead. With 1 out, Steven Patterson picked up his 5thdouble of the season. After a groundout, Francisco Mejiadelivered a 2 out single to drive in Patterson for a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived, as in the bottom half of the inning the Doubledays would strike back with 2 outs. After retiring the first two batters quickly, Sean Brady walked Jose Marmolejos to extend the inning. Raudy Read then followed with a double to put runners at second and third. A double from Garrett Gordon would clear the bases and give Auburn the 2-1 lead.
Mahoning Valley answered right back in the top of the 3rd inning. A 2 out single from Bradley Zimmer, 1 of his 3 hits on the night, kept the inning alive for Mejia. Following a stolen base from Zimmer, Mejia again delivered an RBI single to tie the game at 2.
The game would stay tied until the bottom of the 6th inning. After getting 2 quick outs, Jose Zapata (0-1) allowed a single to Brian Langlois. After balking Langlois to second, Zapata surrendered an RBI triple to Bryan Mejia to give the Doubledays the lead for good. Mejia would also score in the inning on Zapata’s second balk of the inning.
The Scrappers were able to make some noise throughout the game as they did bang out 10 hits but ended up stranding 8 runners on base.
Brady started for Mahoning Valley and left after 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both earned, on 4 hits. Brady walked 4 and struck out 2. Zapata relieved Brady in the 6th inning. Zapata allowed 1 run on 5 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 2 while taking the loss. Luke Eubank threw the final 1.1 innings. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 3.
The Scrappers will continue their road trip on Wednesday night at 7:05 from Auburn. 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.