Pitcher's duel ends in Scrappers defeat, 6-1
AUBURN, NY- A classic pitcher’s duel between Auburn and Mahoning Valley ended in the sixth inning, as the Doubledays put five runs on the board and took the first of a two game-set by a final score of 6-1.
The game was tied at 1-1 after five-innings when the Doubledays exploded on Scrappers reliever Michael Goodnight.
After recording the final out of the fifth, Goodnight came back out for the sixth and made sure it was a “good night” for the Doubledays hitters.
Five hits, five runs, and two walks later, the Scrappers and Goodnight were down in a 6-1 hole; a hole out of which they were unable to climb.
The forgettable performance from Goodnight swelled his ERA to a measly 5.91 mark for the season.
While the game was over after Goodnight left, both starting pitchers were on their A-game on Friday night, starting with Scrappers ace Luis Lugo.
Lugo, who has a 1.97 ERA on the season, waltzed through four scoreless innings until he ran into trouble in the fifth. Ultimately, he only allowed one run in the inning, but was replaced after recording two outs by Goodnight.
Lugo finished with 4.2 innings pitched, four hits, one earned run allowed, and three strikeouts. Unfortunately, and has been the case for the entire Scrappers season, Lugo was unable to secure his second win of the season.
Meanwhile, Doubledays starter Austin Voth was much more filthy than his Scrappers counterpart.
Allowing just one run in the third thanks to a triple from Claudio Bautista, Voth finished with six innings, five hits, and one run allowed, while striking out 11 batters. The huge strikeout numbers for Voth should come as no surprise, as he has had 21 in his previous two appearances.
Voth, like Lugo, also was given a “no-decision”.
The Scrappers will look to avoid the two-game sweep by the Doubledays tomorrow night as Dace Kime (0-2, 2.75) faces off against an unannounced pitcher for Auburn.
First pitch Falcon Park is set for 7:05 pm.