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Scrappers sweep Muckdogs with 7-6 win

Mahoning Valley won despite committing 3 errors on Sunday.

Scrappers sweep Muckdogs with 7-6 win
Photo credit: Mahoning Valley Scrappers
August 24, 2014
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BATAVIA, NY - After back to back pitcher’s duels to open the three game series between the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Batavia Muckdogs, both teams would combine for twenty-two hits and thirteen runs on Sunday. The Scrappers bounced back from an early 3-1 deficit to earn the three game sweep with a 7-6 win.   

Mahoning Valley jumped out to an early lead in the top of the 2ndinning. With one out, Leo Castillo singled and moved to third on Taylor Murphy’s double. Martin Cervenka would drive in Castillo with a sac fly to center to give the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.

Batavia would answer back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead aided by a two base error on the Scrappers.

Trailing 3-1, the Scrappers would cut the deficit to a single run in the top of the 4th inning. With one out, Castillo would walk. A wild pitch would move him to second. Murphy then singled to move Castillo to third. Cervenka would single to score Castillo for a 3-2 score.      

Mahoning Valley tied the game in the top of the 5th inning. Steven Patterson singled and moved to second when Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch. Patterson would score on a sac fly from Castillo.  

The Muckdogs retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. After Javier Lopez reached on an infield single and advanced on a throwing error, Brad Haynel connected on a two run homerun for a 5-3 lead.  

The Scrappers wasted little time taking the final lead of the game. In the top of the 6th inning, the Scrappers would plate four runs. RBIs were delivered from Patterson, Zimmer, Castillo, and Austin Fisher.

Julian Merryweather started for the Scrappers and went 2 innings. He allowed 3 runs, all earned, on 4 hits. He struck out 1 without issuing a walk. David Speer (2-1) would pick up the win with 4.2 innings in relief. Speer allowed 3 runs, all earned, on 6 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Cortland Cox would go 1.1 innings in relief. Cox allowed 1 hit and struck out 1. Luke Eubank (3) would then pitch a perfect 9th inning for the save, his second of the series.

The Scrappers now head back to Eastwood Field to begin the final home stand of the season on Monday night at 7:05. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.

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