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Scrappers fall in walk-off fashion to Jamestown 1-0

Mahoning Valley comes up on short end of pitcher's duel

Scrappers fall in walk-off fashion to Jamestown 1-0
July 1, 2013
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JAMESTOWN, NY- Walk-off losses have become a trend for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers this season, and that trend continued on Monday night as the Scrappers fell 1-0 to the Jamestown Jammers; their second consecutive walk off loss.

The Scrappers hopes of extra-innings were dashed thanks to a walk-off sacrifice fly off of the bat of third baseman Edward Espinal. Tagging from third after a single, Jin De-Jhang made his way home, scored the games only run, and sent the Scrappers packing for the second night in a row.

The Scrappers and Jammers went scoreless for eight innings, combining for only fifteen hits. The scoreless innings were much in thanks to some great pitching from both sides.

For the Scrappers, the eight scoreless were more of a combined effort, while the Jammers relied on the efforts of starter Jackson Lodge for their shutout performance.

Lodge threw five innings of six-hit baseball, striking out two and walking none. His era now stands at 4.50 on the year. His bullpen gave him four innings of scoreless relief, taking home the second win of the series for the Jammers.

The Scrappers sent out Kenny Matthews for his first professional start since coming out of Riverside City College. The nerves didn’t get the best of Matthews as he allowed only one hit and struck out two.

Cole Sulser replaced Matthews after two innings and dominated in his own right. In three innings of work, Sulser allowed only three hits and struck out two of his own. He was followed by Alexis Paredes who pitched another two innings, allowed only one hit and struck out, yet again, two batters.

Finally, it was Trevor Frank who came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings. After a scoreless eighth, Frank couldn’t close the door in the ninth. He allowed two hits in the inning and gave up the winning run on the sac-fly from Espinal.

Losing the series opener, the Scrappers can still take the series from Jamestown. That challenge begins tomorrow from Jamestown at 7:05 pm. Scrappers ace Luis Lugo is set to face off with Jammers number one starter Isaac Sanchez.

In their last duel, both pitchers began NYPL play with dominant performances. For Sanchez, five innings of scoreless pitching were good enough to get him his first professional win, while Lugo’s lone earned run gave him his first loss as a pro.

Since, however, Lugo has continued his dominance, earning a win and maintaining a .60 ERA. Sanchez has done the same as he has remains 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.

The matchup is certainly an exciting one, although the game itself might be a lot like the mostly-scoreless affair tonight. The Scrappers have had trouble scoring runs in the first place, so the matchup with Sanchez may prove very difficult. On the other hand, the Jammers have some of the best hitters in the NYPL.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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