Scrappers fall to Jammers in a pitcher’s duel, 4-1
Mahoning Valley registered just 5 hits on Saturday after slapping 14 on Friday.
JAMESTOWN, NY - What a difference one day can make in the game of baseball. One night after the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the Jamestown Jammers put on an offensive display when each pounded out 14 hits, the two teams combined to record 14 hits on Saturday night in a 4-1 Jammers victory.
After being retired in order to start the game, the Scrappers saw themselves trailing for the first time this season only three batters into the bottom of the first inning. With one-out and a runner at second base, Taylor Gushue blasted his second homerun of the season, a two-run blast that gave the Jammers a lead that they would not give up.
The Scrappers had an opportunity to answer back in the top of the second inning when Francisco Mejia started the inning with a single. Then with one-out, D’Vone McClure and Yonathan Mendoza both walked to load the bases. Nick Hamilton then struck out and Ordomar Valdez grounded out to end what would be the Scrappers only real threat of the game.
Jamestown added some insurance with a run in the fifth inning. With two outs Michael Suchy, the Pittsburgh Pirates 5th round draft choice from this year, tripled to right field. Kevin Ross followed with a double to plate Suchy.
The Scrappers were able to get on the board in the sixth inning. Juan De La Cruz doubled with one-out and then came home to score on Mendoza’s RBI single to cut the Jammers’ lead to 3-1. Jamestown would plate a final run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Tyler Filliben scored from second base on a groundout. The run would be the final of the game for either team.
Juan Santana started on the mound for Mahoning Valley and was effective despite allowing three runs. Santana went 4.2 innings allowing six hits and three runs, all earned. He walked two and struck out four, while taking the loss.
Justin Garcia relieved Santana in the fifth inning. Garcia worked 2.1 shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, while walking none and striking out none. Jose Zapata came on for the 8th inning. Zapata allowed one hit and one earned run in his lone inning of work.
Marek Minaric was the starter for the Jammers. He allowed just one hit over his four innings of work. He walked three and struck out three. Minaric was followed by Andres Mendoza. Mendoza allowed one run on four hits over three innings to record his first win of the season. Oderman Rocha then worked a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to record his first save.
The Scrappers and Jammers will continue their series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM. The Scrappers return home on Tuesday, June 17th for the home opener at Eastwood Field. Catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.