Scrappers strand 15 runners on base in loss to Batavia
Mahoning Valley put runners in scoring position in 5 innings of Friday's loss.
BATAVIA, NY - Friday night’s game in Batavia, started out looking like it would be an easy walk in the park for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as they loaded the bases and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning. From there, the bats went quite with runners in scoring position as the Scrappers left 15 runners on base in a 7-4 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs.
Ordomar Valdez and Joel Mejia each walked to start the game.Juan De La Cruz then singled to load the bases with no out. Francisco Mejia’s bases loaded walk brought home the first run. After a run scoring double play, Josh McAdams doubled home the third and final run of the first innings.
The Scrappers were able to put runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings without scoring a run. The 15 runners left on base is a season high for Mahoning Valley.
Kieran Lovegrove started for the Scrappers. After working a perfect first inning he ran into some trouble in the second. He allowed a leadoff single before walking and hitting Scott Carcaise and Miles Williams back to back. Luis Sanz then bounced into a run scoring double play. Lovegrove would not get out of the 3rd inning. He struck out the first two batters of the inning but couldn’t get the final out. Lovegrove ended up going 2.2 innings. He allowed two runs, both earned, on four hits. He walked two, struck out two and allowed one hit.
Jordan Carter followed Lovegrove in relief and was able to end the third inning on a strikeout. Carter then got in trouble himself in the fourth. With two outs he surrendered a run scoring triple to Aaron Blanton to tie the score. An error from Carter then allowed the go ahead run to score for a lead that Batavia never gave up. Carter (0-1) took the loss allowing six hits and five runs, three earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
David Speer then worked two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits while striking out four. Jimmy Stokes worked a perfect eighth inning.
The Scrappers and Muckdogs will conclude their two-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM ET. The Scrappers will send Luis DeJesus to the mound. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.