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Scrappers fend of Lake Monsters, 6-1

Scrappers fend of Lake Monsters, 6-1
August 2, 2012
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The Scrappers got back on the winning end after losing two straight, outpacing the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-1 on Wednesday night.
 
The Vermont pitchers were certainly a welcome sight for Scrapper hitters after facing the stingy Brooklyn staff.  Vermont entered the day with a team ERA of 3.60, almost a full run worse than Brooklyn’s ERA of 2.63.  While not bad by any stretch, the Scrappers were able to take advantage, banging out 11 hits on the night.
 
The Scrappers didn’t waste any time putting those hits to good use, either, as they jumped immediately on the Lake Monsters in the first.  Aaron Siliga led off the game with a single, and advanced to third after an errant pickoff and Tyler Naquin groundout.  Then, Joey Wendle banged an RBI single up the middle to give the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.  They added another pair of runs in the third, when Charlie Valerio launched a two-run homerun, his fifth of the year. 
 
That run support was more than enough for the Scrapperpitching staff.  Jacob Lee got the nod to start, his second of the year after working out the bullpen for most of thefirst half of the season.  In his first start, he gave up two runs on three hits in three innings.   Lee pitched another three innings, allowing only two hits with a walk and four strikeouts.  He did allow the lone run of the game in the bottom of the third, allowing a sacrifice fly to Lake Monster John Wooten.
 
After that, though, the Vermont bats were virtually silent.  Geoffrey Davenport relieved Lee after three, and had his best outing of recent memory.  Davenport had allowed at least an earned run in each of his last four starts, but broke that streak by tossing four solid innings of shutout baseball.  He got into a bit of trouble in the sixth when he allowed a leadoff double, but worked around that with three straight groundouts to emerge unblemished. 
 
Meanwhile, the offense added some insurance runs in the middle innings.  They picked up a run in the fourth when Erik Gonzalez and Robel Garcia led off the frame with back-to-back doubles.  Charlie Valerio followed suit in the fifth, and was singled home by Evan Frazar to run the Scrapper lead to 5-1.
 
The Scrappers picked up another run in the seventh on a throwing error, which was plenty for Scott Peoples, who came in to pitch the last two innings.  Peoples entered having not allowed an earned run in his four appearances.  He didn’t allow a run in either of his two innings Wednesday to running run that streak to five.
 
Davenport picked up the win for the Scrappers, his first of the season.  Vermont starter Michael Ynoa took the loss.  The Scrappers will look to keep picking up steam as they play Vermont again Thursday in the middle game of a three game set.

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