Scrappers beat Yankees in series finale, 8-2
Staten Island, NY – With an 8-2 victory over the Staten Island Yankees in Monday’s matinee, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have now won consecutive series for the first time in 2013. The offense has scored at least seven runs in back-to-back games, and the bullpen threw six-plus scoreless innings in the win.
Nellie Rodriguez, amongst the league leaders in batting average and RBI’s, had a double with an RBI and two runs scored. His average on the season now sits at .333 to go along with 23 RBI’s. Claudio Bautista hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot in the top of the third inning. He finished the day 3-6 with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Cody Ferrell added three hits, all singles, and a run scored. Robel Garcia and Josh McAdams both added a single and an RBI. All nine hitters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit, and seven of the nine added at least one RBI.
Starting pitcher Dace Kime made his fourth start of the year and pitched adequately. Kime was stretched out a bit Monday, lasting more than two innings for the first time in his 2013 campaign. He finished the day throwing 2 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out three. Kime now sports a 3.12 ERA on the year to go along with a 1.15 WHIP. He has struck out nine batters and walked three.
While Kime pitched well, the bullpen pitched superbly. Matt Whitehouse, who has pitched exclusively in relief in his last four appearances, threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his second win of the year. Whitehouse has been outstanding in 2013, allowing just one earned run in 19 1/3 innings, good for a 0.47 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting just .143 against the left-hander. Breily Puerta threw two innings of three-hit ball, and Trevor Frank tossed two perfect innings.
For Staten Island, Michael O’Neill led the way with two hits. Isaias Tejeda scored a run, and shortstop John Murphy added an RBI. On the mound, starter David Palladino (0-2, 6.10 ERA) took the loss and struggled through 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Cale Coshow, Sam Agnew-Wieland, and Andy Beresford allowed one run apiece in relief.
The victory takes the Scrappers to 12-23 on the season, a full nine games back of first place Jamestown. Brooklyn falls to 15-19. Mahoning Valley will now return home for a seven-game home stand, starting with a three-game series with the State College Spikes. The Scrappers are 1-4 on the year against the Spikes, including a three-game sweep earlier in the month. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm Tuesday at Eastwood Field.