Scrappers earn split against Jamestown
After rain forced the suspension of Thursday’s game, the Scrappers and Jammers played two on Friday. The Scrappers held on to win the second game 2-1, but blew a 6-3 lead they carried over in the first game and lost 9-7 to settle for a split.
Jacob Lee got the start in the shortened second game. It was the first time this year that he had the opportunity to start for Mahoning Valley. Lee had previously made eight appearances out of the bullpen, after working exclusively as a starter earlier this year at Arkansas State. He was as perfect as he could have hoped to be in his debut, pitching five innings without allowing a base runner. Lee struck out five along the way to up his season total to 27 and reclaim the team lead in the category from Luis Dejesus (24).
The offense gave Lee all he needed in the second inning, scoring their only two runs of the game off starter Helpi Reyes. With one out and Mitch Nilsson on first after a single, Juan Romero smacked his sixth homerun of the year to give the Scrappers a 2-0 lead. They collected only one more hit in the contest, on a Jairo Kelly leadoff single to start the third.
The Jammers offense was no moe potent, only getting two hits in the game. Their first came in the sixth off of Cody Penny, who relieved Lee after five. Penny allowed runners to get to first and second after the single and a walk, but kept the game at 2-0 heading to theseventh.
The Jammers were finally able to push across a run in bottom of the final frame, as Rafael Homblert replaced Penny, looking to pick up the save. Homblert allowed a leadoff single to Viosergy Rosa, who ended up on second after a throwing error by third baseman Erik Gonzalez. Then, after a walk and sacrifice bunt, the Jammers pushed across their lone run with two outs after Jairo Kelly misplayed a groundball from Pedro Gomez. Despite the lack of defensive help, Homblert was able to strand the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third to secure the victory, and earn his first save of the year. Lee picked up the victory to move to 4-0 on the year.
In the earlier game, the Scrappers and Jammers resumed play in the top of the fourth with the Scrappers holding a 6-3 advantage. The Scrappers were able to pick up another run in the sixth when Joey Wendle ripped his tenth double of the year to right field to score Robel Garcia from second.
They held that 7-3 lead until the eighth when the Jammers' offense exploded, putting a six spot on the scoreboard against Nick Pasquale and Jack Wagoner, who each gave up three runs. The runs came via five separate RBI hits, and one passed ball with a runner on third.
The Scrappers were able to put the tying run on first with no outs in the ninth, but Nick Wittgren fanned the next three batters to end the game. Wagoner took the loss for the Scrappers to move to 1-3 on the season. Ryan Newell picked up the win for Jamestown, with Wittgren earning his ninth save of the year.
With the split, the Scrappers remain at .500 at 16-16. They will return home to continue the home-and-home with Jamestown on Saturday, with first pitch slated for 7:05.