Scrappers drop series debut 10-3
NILES, OH- Coming off of their sweep of the State College Spikes, the Scrappers spirits were high coming into their battle with the Batavia Muckdogs. Unfortunately, those well-feelings didn’t last long as the Batavia ballclub thrashed the Scrappers by a final score of 10-3 on Friday night.
The night was a tough one for the Scrappers on all accounts, but especially from two pitchers: Manuel Carmona and Harold Guerrero.
Caleb Hamrick started the game for Mahoning Valley and gave the Scrappers 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking two. Reliever Trevor Frank followed and allowed a run on two hits, leaving the game down by just a run at 4-3.
When Carmona entered, the score was status quo at 4-3. When he left, the night was essentially over for Mahoning Valley.
In 0.0 innings - you read that correctly, he failed to record a single out. Carmona walked four straight batters and allowed a run. His incredulously awful performance earned him the proverbial hook, Harold Guerrero replacing him in the eighth.
Guerrero started the inning with the bases loaded and allowed each of Carmona’s runners to score before getting the final out in the eighth inning. Overall, thanks to Guerrero, Carmona’s line showed four runs and four walks when it was all said an done.
Meanwhile, things only got worse when Guerrero came back out for the ninth. Down 8-3 heading in, Guerrero allowed two more runs, gave the Muckdogs double-digits, and put the game even farther out of reach for his team.
While it may not have shown on the stat sheet, Guerrero technically allowed five runs on the evening, three of which were given to Carmona. Guerrero also allowed six hits and no walks while striking out three.
The combined ERA of these two relievers stands at a lofty 13.22 mark- 8.16 coming from Carmona and 5.06 coming from Guerrero.
While the beatdown was rough, it wasn’t all bad news for the Scrappers.
First baseman Nellie Rodriguez continued his recent tear with yet another home run, this one a two-run shot that gave the Scrappers a 2-1 lead early in the game.
In addition to his sixth home run of the season, Rodriguez had a double and finished 2-3 on the evening.
After Rodriguez’s bomb, the Scrappers scored one run in the second, but were shut out for the next seven innings.
The Scrappers will try to avoid ending their three-series win streak tomorrow night against these very Batavia Muckdogs.
On the bobblehead night of Mahoning Valley’s famous bulldog mascot, Scrappy, the Scrappers will send Rob Whitenack (2-4, 3.51) to the hill against Muckdogs big righty Trevor Williams (0-1, 3.21).
In his last outing, Whitenack went five innings and allowed no runs on five hits, while striking out six. He hopes to continue that success and lead the Scrappers to victory on Saturday night against the Muckdogs.
First pitch from Eastwood Field is set for 7:05 p.m.