Scrappers get swept by Tri-City
TRI-CITY - Despite a solid start from Jacob Lee, the Scrappers were left licking their wounds Monday afternoon, as they fell victim to a three game sweep at the hands of the Tri-City ValleyCats with a 5-1 loss.
That start from Lee was, albeit short, almost flawless. He pitched four shutout innings, allowing only one hit and two walks while fanning five. Unfortunately, the Scrappers couldn’t take advantage of his early dominance, as his counterpart in the opposing dugout was almost as good. The only early scoring chance they had against starter Brady Rodgers came in the second inning, when Evan Frazar singled to lead off the inning. Mitch Nilsson singled with two outs to put runners on first and second, but couldn’t get another two-out hit.
After Lee left, the Tri-City offense punished the Scrapper bullpen, putting up at least a run in each of their last four innings. Geoffrey Davenport entered for Lee, and immediately surrendered a leadoff triple to Jobduan Morales. A one-out RBI single from Joe Sclafani gave Tri-City the first lead of the game at 1-0.
The Scrapper offense responded in the sixth, grabbing their only run of the ballgame. With two outs, a Joe Sever single was followed with an Evan Frazar RBI double to tie the ballgame at 1-1.
That wouldn’t be enough, however, as the ValleyCats continued to pile on while the Scrapper offense struggled. Tri-City added two more in the bottom half of the sixth off Davenport, after he allowed back-to-back hits to start the inning followed by a sacrifice fly. A two-out RBI single from Ryan Dineen made it 3-1. They added another in the seventh off of Cody Penny, who relieved Davenport after the sixth, by way of a one-out RBI single. Then, Luis Encarnacion allowed a solo homerun to Preston Tucker in the eighth to make it 5-1.
Meanwhile, the Scrapper offense continued to falter in late inning situations. In the last three innings, the Scrappers struck out five times, and only mustered one base hit, an Evan Frazar single in the ninth. That meant the rally they desperately needed to salvage the last game of the series never came, as the 5-1 ValleyCat lead held up to secure the sweep.
Davenport took the loss in the contest, while starter Rodgers picked up the win. With the loss, the Scrappers now drop below .500 at 23-24. They will look to regain some lost ground as they return home for a quick two game set against Williamsport Crosscutters.