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Scrappers pitching collapses in 12-3 blowout loss

Mahoning Valley drops fifth straight as Spikes pummel pitching staff

Scrappers pitching collapses in 12-3 blowout loss
July 7, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, PA - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers endured their fifth straight loss against the State College Spikes on a rain-soaked night in Happy Valley, 12-3.

Ahead 3-0 early thanks to some quality hitting from Juan Herrera and Juan Romero, things went downhill fast for the Scrappers.

Starter Luis Lugo pitched three scoreless innings before falling apart. He allowed one run in the fourth, but lost the lead in the fifth as the Spikes tacked on three and took a 4-3 lead.

For Lugo, the outing marks one of his worst of the year, regardless of his 1-2 record. In five innings, Lugo allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking one. His 0.56 ERA coming into Sunday night’s ballgame was erased quickly and returned to a still solid 2.14 mark.

The Spikes caught fire after Lugo left the game, adding eight runs in just three innings, but it wasCesar Valera who really turned on the heat.

Valera was 3-5 and was just a home run away from the cycle, raising his average to a very respectable .362 on the season.

If Valera had cleared the wall, it would not have been the first time a State College Spike smacked a cycle against the Scrappers. Spikes outfielder Jimmy Bosco accomplished the feat at Eastwood Field just a couple of weeks ago.

For the Scrappers, the struggles continue. Not only did they score in only one inning, but the bullpen failed to plug the floodgates.

Overall, the two Scrappers relievers, Manuel Carmona and Harold Guerrero, allowed eight runs on eight hits, walked four, and struck out just one batter. Their combined ERA is 13.56.

The Scrappers will, again, try to turn their fortunes tomorrow night in State College. Caleb Hamrick(1-3, 5.79) will try to bounce back from back-to-back rough outings against Spikes starter Ben O’Shea, who made quick work of the Scrappers in his last matchup at Eastwood Field.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

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