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Scrappers lose opener in Batavia, 4-1

Scrappers lose opener in Batavia, 4-1
August 21, 2012
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BATAVIA - A four run second inning was all the Muckdogs needed Tuesday, winning 4-1 and delivering the Scrappers  their fifth loss in six days.

Luis Morel got the start for the Scrappers, and pitched well were it not for the disastrous second inning.  Maybe a continuance from Monday, the Muckdogs were able to get a pair of runners on against the Scrappers via a walk and error with one out. Then, with two down and the bases loaded, a single from Steven Ramos and double from Bryvic Valera drove in one and three respectively to give Batavia an early 4-0 lead.

That was more than enough against a struggling Scrapper offense, who only picked up four hits in the contest, one fewer than the five they got Monday.  It took them until the fifth inning to even pick up the first of those hits, one inning later thanMonday.  And it even took a fresh face, the seventeen-year-old Dorssys Paulino, to deliver that hit, doing so with a single to left field. 

Paulino joins Mahoning Valley after a stellar campaign in the Arizona Rookie League where he batted .355 with 14 doubles, six triples, and six homeruns with 30 RBIs.  He started at shortstop, the same position he started in 31 times for the Arizona affiliate.  

Paulino’s impact was felt immediately in his first spin with his new club, as that hit helped the Scrappers pick up their first and onlyrun.  Before his single came a Joe Sever walk, who moved to second on the hit.  Then Richard Stock singled to right field, but was denied an RBI as Sever was tossed out at the plate trying to score.  After the runners advanced on the throw, Hunter Jones was able to make the most of a groundout, as it allowed Paulino to score and make it a 4-1 game. 

Unfortunately for the Scrappers, Paulino’s help could only take them so far.  The Scrapper offense was unable to advance a runner past first in the subsequent four innings, with singles from Joey Wendle and Jones going unsupported.  The only other base runner came in the ninth when Charlie Valerio walked.  The start for Valerio was his first since he was benched by manager Ted Kubiak for making contact with an umpire arguing balls and strikes last Friday.  He went 0-3.

The lack of offense put a damper on what turned out to be a few solid pitching performances.  After the second inning Morel settled down, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts.  He finished the day with nine strikeouts, a season high.  None of the runs he allowed in the second were earned.  Reliving him was Josh Martin, who pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Despite not allowing an earned run and fanning nine, Morel took the loss in the contest to move to 2-4.  Batavia starter Joe Cuda picked up the win.  The Scrappers and Muckdogs will do battle again tomorrow, as the Scrappers will look to even up the series at one.

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