Scrappers lose in walk-off fashion
In their last meeting of the year, the Jammers got the best the Scrappers, using a ninth inning walk-off to secure a 6-5 victory.
For the Scrappers, it was ace Luis Dejesus making his final start of the 2012 season. The NYPL All-Star has had a fantastic year for the Scrappers, turning in an ERA of 2.02 in 80innings. Though not a high-strikeout or high-velocity guy, he has shown excellent command of his pitches and done afantastic job letting opposing batsman get themselves out.
On Monday, though, Dejesus was the recipient of some poor defensive that cost him three unearned runs. The first came in the third inning, when second baseman Joey Wendle made a wild throw to first that allowed the leadoff man to reach. A two out double then subsequently brought home the run. Then in the fifth, Andrew Campbell made a throwing error that cost Dejesus another run. In all, he allowed five in his five and two thirds, but only two were earned.
The Scrapper offense did its best to rectify the miscues with some timely hitting. They picked up runs in both the first and third, first when Dorssys Paulino picked up an RBI on a groundout, and then in the third when Joey Wendle ripped an RBI singleinto left.
The offense fell mostly silent after the third inning, and the ninth inning came with the Scrappers staring at a 5-2 deficit. But in the ninth, a huge two-out rally evened up the score. Andrew Campbell started the rally with a two-out with a single. Then back-to-back doubles from Richard Stock and Jorge Martinez brought home two runs to make it 5-4. Robel Garcia capped the rally with an RBI single to tie the contest at 5-5.
But Juancito Martinez made sure that the affair would not require any extra innings. Rafael Homblert came in to pitch the ninth, and immediately allowed a leadoff triple to Martinez. Then a wild pitch brought Martinez home, sending the Jammers to a 6-5 victory. Homblert would take the loss, while reliever Miguel Fermin would get a blown save and a win after giving up the runs in the ninth.
After dropping the pair in Jamestown, the Scrappers now move on to State College, where they will take on the Spikes for two in their final series of the 2012 season. But they will do so without the aid of Joey Wendle and Tyler Naquin. It was revealed Monday that the pair would head to Class-A affiliate Lake County to join the Captains in their quest for a Midwest League Championship. The Captains bid begins Wednesday, when they welcome in the Bowling Green Hot Rods for game one of their three game playoff series.
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