Scrappers offense dormant in 4-0 loss
The Scrappers dropped the series finale in Auburn Sunday night, as the Doubledays were able to salvage the series with a 4-0 victory.
Luis Morel got the start for the Scrappers, and gave up all four runs in his four and two-thirds innings. He pitched a scoreless first before allowing the first run of the contest in the second. Brandon Miller led off the frame with a double, and scored one batter later when Craig Manuel poked an RBI single into right.
Auburn picked up another run in the fourth when Estarlin Martinez collected his fourth homer of the year on a solo shot. Then in the fifth they picked up two more after starting off the inning with four straight singles. The second two, from Tony Renda and Shawn Pleffner, allowed the two runs to score to make it 4-0. Morel wouldn’t survive the inning, as he exited with two outs. He ended with four earned runs on nine hits.
Unfortunately for Morel and the Scrappers, the offense did next to nothing to support the pitching staff. The Scrappers put only seven men on base; three via singles, three via walks, and one on error. That was it. They put a runner on in the first when Dorssys Paulino singled, and one on in the second when Evan Frazar walked, but neither of them advanced to second. Then it took them until the sixth to put another runner on base.
The sixth did present the best chance that the Scrappers had to push across a run all night. Robel Garcia led off with a walk, and Hunter Jones reached on a fielding error. Then with one out, Aaron Siliga hit a groundball that retired Jones but moved Garcia to third. Nothing would come of it, however, as a pair of flyouts ended the threat.
After the sixth, neither team had much of anything to write home about offensively. Stokes pitched 2.1 innings of no hit baseball, and Harold Guerrero pitched a scoreless eighth. The appearance was the first for Guerrero as a Scrapper since being assigned to Mahoning Valley from Lake County last Tuesday. With the Captains Guerrero had an ERA of 11.57 in three appearances.
Matching the effectiveness of the Scrapper bullpen was the Doubleday ‘pen. After starter Brett Mooneyham left, they combined to throw three innings of two-hit baseball tokeep the Scrappers at bay and secure the 4-0 victory.
Taking the loss in the contest was Morel, while Mooneyham got the win. With the road trip over, the Scrappers will return home to Eastwood Field to compelte their final home stand of the year. That home stand begins Monday, as they welcome in Batavia for three.
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