Offensive explosion leads Scrappers to 15-5 win in Auburn
Mahoning Valley recorded a season-high 18 hits in Sunday's blowout.
AUBURN, NY- The offense has been very quiet in the early stages of the 2014 season for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. After the first 4 innings on Sunday afternoon it appeared it would stay that way. But the Scrappers offense then exploded for 14 runs over the next 6 innings en route to a 15-5 win over the Auburn Doubledays.
With three new draft picks all making their professional debuts, the Scrappers saw a boost of energy added to their lineup. The three, Greg Allen, Steven Patterson and Taylor Murphy, combined for 8 hits, 6 RBI and 6 runs. Allen just missed a homerun on a drive off the top of the wall in right field and settled for an RBI triple on the 5th inning.
Julian Merryweather got the start on the mound for the Scrappers and was perfect in his 3 innings of work. Over 3 innings he did not allow a hit, a run and did not walk a batter while striking out 2.
Anthony Vizcaya (1-0), then took over for Merryweather in the bottom of the 4th innings. Vizcaya worked 3.1 innings and allowed 5 runs, all earned, while picking up his first win of the season. Vizcaya allowed 5 hits and walked 4 while striking out 4. Justin Garcia worked the final 2.2 innings for the Scrappers. Garcia gave up 2 hits and struck out 3. He did not allow a run or a walk.
The win for Mahoning Valley snaps a 3-game losing streak that started against the Doubledays in game 2 of the doubleheader on June 19th.
The Scrappers will conclude their road trip on Monday at 7:05 PM against the Doubledays. Sean Brady will start for the Scrappers.
If you can not be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.