Scrappers get first win 7-6 in wild game
Mahoning Valley gets win after a crazy series of events
Niles, OH- On a beautiful night at Eastwood Field, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers offense finally got rolling, albeit in unorthodox fashion, ultimately defeating the Jamestown Jammers 7-6.
The Scrappers first run came in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Claudio Bautista following a double by Juan Romero. And that marked the end of normalcy while the Scrappers were at the plate, as miscues by Jamestown pitchers and fielders led to four additional runs.
The chaos started in the bottom of the sixth when Jammers relief pitcher David Jagoditsh hit Robel Garcia. Following Garcia’s at-bat, Jagoditsh proceeded to hit Nellie Rodriguez, Ryan Battaglia, and Nick Hamilton consecutively, bringing in Garcia to make the score 6-2 Jammers. Mahoning Valley manager Ted Kubiak seemed happy about his players’ approach at the plate while Jagoditsh struggled to throw strikes: “We battled. We kept our heads up. It doesn’t matter how you get a win.”
Tyler Booth and Bautista walked to lead off the seventh. Juan Herrera and Josh McAdams both struck out, followed by a routine fly to right field by Garcia. Jammers right fielder Elvis Escobar lost the ball in the twilight sky and both Booth and Bautista scored on the play, making it 6-4. Garcia then scored on an error by the third baseman Beau Wallace, making it a 6-5 ball game.
In the bottom of the 8th, Romero reached on an error by shortstop Michael Fransoso to lead off the inning. Relief pitcher Axel Diaz then hit Booth with a pitch, followed by two consecutive walks to Bautista and Herrera to score Romero, evening the score at 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez led the inning off with a walk, followed by a fly ball by Ryan Battaglia hit to right field. For the second time in the game, Escobar misplayed the ball, committing his first error on the play. The second error of the play came on the ensuing throw, which missed second baseman Jordaneli Carvajal wide and allowed both runners to advance. The Jammers then intentionally walked Nick Hamilton to load the bases and ended the game by walking Romero.
For the Scrappers, starting pitcher Rob Whitenack looked sharp through three innings but struggled in the fourth, leading to the Jammers plating six runs, two of which were earned. Overall, Whitenack went 3.2 innings, allowing six hits, six runs (two earned), three walks, and two strikeouts. He threw 49 of his 78 pitches for strikes, a 62.8% rate. The trio of Ben Heller, Harold Guerrero, and Manuel Carmona combined to throw 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and walking one. Carmona (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win for Mahoning Valley, tossing one scoreless inning while walking two and striking out two.
At the plate for Mahoning Valley, five players recorded a hit, with Garcia adding a triple. Garcia also scored two runs and knocked in two.
Jamestown starting pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas pitched five effective innings, surrendering only one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three. The Jammers bullpen struggled mightily to throw strikes, hitting five batters and walking seven others. Diaz (0-1, 0.00 ERA) suffered the loss, throwing one inning, allowing two runs while walking five and striking out two.
In a game that included six errors, five by the visiting team, first baseman Nick Hamilton said he hadn’t seen a game like that in a long time, adding: “I’m not a math major, but I just looked up at the scoreboard and realized that there were more runs scored than hits.” And Nick was right: 13 runs, 12 hits, six errors, and Mahoning Valley’s first win of the 2013 campaign.