Scrappers dominate Yankees, 11-6
Mahoning Valley cranked out 13 hits in Saturday's win over Staten Island.
NILES, OH - What a win by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as they played the Staten Island Yankees. With fans swarming in to get their Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini bobble head and watch an outstandingly well-played game by the Scrappers.
The Scrappers with a great game both defensively and offensively took an 11-6 win against the Yankees.
At the top of the first Juan Santana pitched to the Yankees batter and had the ball fired back. With quick reflexes he fielded the ball and got the first out of the game. Center fielder, Greg Allen, used amazing tracking skills to catch the ball hit between him and left field to get the second out. Yonathan Mendoza fielded the ball hit to him and threw to first getting the last out.
To get the last out of the second inning, Santana, again, had a ball fired right back to him; his quick reaction time enabled him to get the ball to first; getting the out. Francisco Mejia, at the bottom of the second, hit a ball clear out between center and right field that bounced off the scoreboard. He got a double with his hit. Tagging up on D'Vone McClures hit out to center, Mejia advanced to third. McClure unfortunately got out on the catch. Taylor Murphy hit out to left field getting a single and enabling Mejia to score putting the Scrappers in the lead by one.
Third baseman Ordomar Valdez had a ball fired right at him that it even knocked him off his feet! But that did not stop him from catching the ball and throwing to second, while sitting, to get two outs at the top of the third. Yonathan Mendoza in the bottom of the third, hit it to the second baseman who fumbled the ball, allowing him to get a single. He did not stop there though, he stole second right from the Yankees on the next pitch. Tagging up on a fly ball hit by Steven Patterson, Allen safely made it home tacking on another run for the Scrappers.
At the top of the fourth, a ball hit out to left field clear to the fences did not even look like a big deal to David Armendariz who caught the ball and got the out. With runners on second and third, a ball hit over center fielder, Allen's head, caused the Yankees to score two. A ball hit to short stop Mendoza he decided to throw home but a bad throw caused another run to be scored and put the Yankees in the lead.
Third baseman Valdez fielded a ball hit short to him and made the throw to first. He cut it close but got the last out. With runners on first and second for the Scrappers, Armendariz hit a single out to left field loading the bases up. Valdez hit his ball to the second baseman for the Yankees who fumbled with the ball enabling the Scrappers runner on third to go home scoring a point. At the end of that inning the Scrappers are in the lead 5-3.
At the top of the fifth Justin Garcia stepped on the mound to relieve Santana as pitcher. With a fly ball hit out to him, center fielder Allen caught the ball to get he first out. An I've the fence fly ball by the Yankees tacked on another run for them.
The top of the sixth Armendariz had the last out with a fly ball hit right on the left field line. Armendariz slid with his glove out to catch the ball and got the out. Steven Patterson, at the bottom of the sixth, hit a fly ball to center that was dropped by the center fielder. The Scrappers player on third ran home adding another point for them on the scoreboard. A fly ball hit by Leo Castillo was caught and the runner for the Scrappers on third tagged up and scored another point. Mejia hit to the third baseman that tried making the play and failed. Mejia got a single.
Murphy hit a ground ball to second that flew out of the second basemen’s glove and shot behind him to the right fielder. This gave Murphy a single and brought in another run for the Scrappers. Valdez hit to the Yankees second baseman who threw to first. The first baseman was off the bag giving Valdez a single and another run for the Scrappers.
At the bottom of the seventh with Allen on third, Castillo hit a single out to right field bringing in Allen for another run for the Scrappers. Mejia drove the ball past second for a single and advanced teammate Castillo to second. On a very wild pitch both Castillo and Mejia stole a base.
At the top of the eighth, with Yankee runners on second and third, their batter stepped up and hit a ground ball out to right field bringing in two runs and getting a double. With Armendariz on first at the bottom of the eighth, Valdez bunted down to the third baseman and fog a single and advanced Armendariz to second. A wild pitch enables both of the runners on base for the Scrappers to advance one base. Castillo walked, with bases loaded, brought in another run for the Scrappers.
At the top of the ninth, Allen had two fly balls hit out to him in a row, which he caught, getting two outs. The Scrappers walked off the field as champions with twelve hits and the ending score being 11-6.
Manager Phil Clark was a proud man during this game as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers had 12 hits during the game. "The positive side to take from that when the pitcher is wild like is that our guys aren't chasing. They are disciplined. So the positive side to that they are disciplined, they are waiting for the pitches, they are seeing pitches, they are taking them and they are waiting for a good pitch. So I have to credit my guys for that one. For being disciplined".
The Scrappers are set to play August 10 at the Eastwood field in Niles.
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