Scrappers Tie Franchise Record with Tenth Straight Loss
NILES, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers tied a franchise record on Friday night against the Tri-City Valley Cats, as they lost their tenth consecutive game by a final score of 2-1.
A dramatic bottom of the ninth almost got the Scrappers the run they need to continue the game and extend the streak.
With men on first and third with two outs, Claudio Bautista, for the second time on the evening, was unable to bring the tying run to the plate, as he swung and missed a wicked curveball.
The result and the lack of hitting with runners were the only truly less-than-desired aspects to the game.
“We had a lot of soft hits and we weren’t able to put them all together.” said Kubiak, when asked about the lack of hitting. “We haven’t been able to do that yet. We’ve seen some pretty decent pitching, I think. These guys look like they’re able to throw their breaking balls over, and at this level that’s always a real plus for the pitchers.”
In lieu of the offensive woes from the Scrappers, both teams pitched very well on the evning.
Mahoning Valley starter Luis Lugo battled with his command throughout the evening, but ultimately was given no run support on the way to his third loss of the season.
In five innings, Lugo threw 78 pitches, allowing four hits, one earned run, and three walks, while striking out one batter. The three walks were uncharacteristic of Lugo, but he was able to work his way around them en route to a decent outing.
Unfortunately, Tri-City starter Michael Feliz outpitched Lugo on the evening. In five innings of his own, Feliz struck out seven batters and walked only, while allowing five hits and no runs.
Scrappers batters, as has been the theme, missed opportunities for most of the game.
In each of the first four innings, the Scrappers put their leadoff man aboard, but failed moved that runner to second base only twice, never bringing him to third base.
Nellie Rodriguez did put the Scrappers on the board with a towering home run over the left-field wall in the bottom of the eighth, off of ValleyCats reliever Andrew Thurman.
The bomb, Rodriguez’ second of the season, brought the Scrappers to within a run, but a scoreless ninth tied that all-too-familiar record for the Scrappers.
While he did allow the solo moon-shot to Rodriguez, Andrew Thurman was very impressive for Tri-City.
In three innings, he allowed one run on three hits, while striking out three and walking one. Before the big home run, Thurman was putting together a nearly flawless outing.
While Thurman was almost flawless in relief, the trio of Manuel Carmona, Zach Crockett, and Ben Heller no-hit the ValleyCats for the final four innings. Only one walk from Carmona, after which he picked off the runner, kept the Scrappers bullpen from being perfect on the evening.
The Scrappers, mired in this terrible slide, are hoping to avoid making history tomorrow night with a record-breaking eleventh straight loss.
Tomorrow night is Victor Martinez Bobblehead night from Eastwood Field, and the Scrappers are hoping to give the faithful fans something to cheer about.
Caleb Hamrick (1-3, 5.11 ERA) is set to face Bobby Wahl (0-0, 0.00) of the Vermont Lake Monsters in the battle against history. First pitch is set for 7:05.