Scrappers drop back-to-back games in Vermont
Mahoning Valley struggled to generate runs on Sunday, going 0-for-2 with RISP.
BURLINGTON, VT – One night after falling to the Vermont Lake Monsters on an unearned run, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers came out on Sunday afternoon and continued to kick the ball around. The Scrappers committed two more errors and dropped their second straight in Vermont and third-straight on the road trip by a 6-2 final.
Jose Zapata started the game for Mahoning Valley, his first start since 2012. Zapata made the spot start due to Juan Santana being hit by a line drive in his last start. Zapata delivered a quality start for Mahoning Valley. The only run Vermont would score off of Zapata came after a leadoff double in the bottom of the 3rd inning from Yario Munoz. Munoz would then take off on a steal attempt of third. Francisco Mejia’s throw skipped over the base and into leftfield allowing Munoz to score. The error put Vermont up 1-0.
Mahoning Valley would answer back in the top of the next inning. Leo Castillo leading off, drove a 1-0 pitch deep over the leftfield fence to tie the game at 1. The homerun was Castillo’s team leading 5th of the season.
The Lake Monsters would grab the lead right back in the bottom of the 5th inning. Munoz would single with 1 out and J.P. Sportman would single with 2 outs to put runners at first and second. Jose Brizuela would hit a groundball towards Castillo at first. Castillo over ran the ball and tried to reach back with his bare hand allowing the ball to get through for a single to score Munoz. Sportman would also score when Juan De La Cruz’s throw missed the cut off man for another Scrappers error.
Vermont would put the game away in the bottom of the 6th inning. The first four batters of the inning would all reach on hits. The big hit coming from catcher Seong-Min Kim, who doubled to drive in 2 runs to push the Vermont lead out to the final of 6-2.
Zapata ended up going 4 innings. He allowed 1 run on just 3 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Justin Garcia (2-1) would relieve Zapata to start the 5th inning. Garcia would go 3 innings. He allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 7 hits. Garcia walked 1 and struck out 3 while taking the loss. Ramon Rodriguez pitched a scoreless 8th inning in relief. Rodriguez struck out 2.
The Scrappers will look to avoid the sweep in Vermont on Monday night at 7:05. 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.