Scrappers upend Jammers in rain-shortened game, 8-3
Mahoning Valley allowed just two hits in Sunday's victory over the Jammers
NILES, OH - The fans of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were certainly entertained today. After a four-game losing streak the Scrappers were finally able to end the skid on Sunday. Playing the Jamestown Jammers the Scrappers took an eighth-inning game win that was shortened due to rain. After eight innings the Scrappers defeated the Jammers 8-3.
Taylor Murphy for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers caught a fly ball out by the fences at the top of the first inning. A quick three-out inning shows promise of the Scrappers defense.
Greg Allen, in the bottom of the first for the Scrappers had a double when he swung up at the plate. Francisco Mejia may have hit a ground ball to the second baseman and got out but he also brought in the first run for the Scrappers. Taylor Murphy also helped out his team by hitting the ball between right and center field bringing in another run.
Martin Cervenka hit out to left field bringing in the third run. Teammate Leo Castillo was anxious to get to third but ended up in a run down between second and third. He ended up getting out by being tagged.
Getting a talk to before the game seemed to have helped the Scrappers hitting and with that agree Allen had some great at bats today "Be more aggressive, be more confident. Coach said we were being more passive up at the plate".
At the top of the second Taylor Murphy was doing a phenomenal job so far in the game tracking the fly balls out in right field. He caught, yet again, another fly ball very much out of his reach. Another fast three outs is showing promise in the Scrappers defense.
D'Vone McClure had a nice double at the bottom of the second. Austin fisher had a nice single with a ball that hit the fence behind the right fielder for the Jammers head bringing in a run for the Scrappers making the score 4-0.
A double play success occurred during the top of the third inning for the Scrappers. Short stop Austin Fisher threw the ground ball he fielded to second baseman Steven Patterson who quickly threw to first baseman Leo Castillo. A great play by the Scrappers defense.
At the bottom of the fourth, McClure fired a hit right back at the pitcher who dodged the hit, short stop for the Jammers Erik Forgione attempted to get him out but was unsuccessful.
Drake Roberts got on base and was occupying first when Greg Allen hit a ball past the first baseman. Roberts ran the bases and got to third, was told by Manager Ted Kubiak to stop but an overthrow to a cut off caused him to run for home scoring a run for the Scrappers. Greg Allen during this made it to third and then stole home on a passed ball bringing another run in for his team. The score was now 6-0.
Luis Gomez stepped in to relieve Cameron Hill for the Scrappers at the top of the fifth. The Scrappers defense is doing a phenomenal job throughout this game with very few errors occurring. Taylor Murphy hit a fly ball out to center that dropped a few feet in from center fielder Carl Anderson, giving him a base and advancing Mejia to second.
Top of the sixth and third baseman Drake Roberts had a nice catch with a ball that was hit right to him. The crowed definitely were impressed with his quick reaction time. A home run from Jammers Jordan Luplow brought in three runs, putting the Jammers on the scoreboard.
Murphy tore it up the field today defensively. Any ball hit around him, he has been catching and that was no exception during the top of the seventh inning. Another ball hit behind him near the fences he caught with no trouble.
Bottom of the seventh and Steven Patterson hit a shallow ball out to right field getting him to first base. Francisco Mejia followed Patterson by hitting in the same vicinity advancing Patterson to second and getting himself to first. Leo Castillo hit a nice fly ball between center and right field giving him a double and bringing in two runs for the Scrappers. The score was now 8-3.
Taylor Murphy had a very well-played game today both on defense and on offense. "We are seeing glimpses of what we should be like, last week we scored fifteen and now we are seeing what happen when things come together".
After a hard losing streak of four games Ted Kubiak and his managerial team decided to talk to the guys and change their way of thinking. "Our offense had a different sound tonight because we were hitting the ball pretty hard. Phil and I tried to talk to the guys before the game, change their way of thinking, tried to relax them".
A rain delay was called right before the eighth inning was set to start. The tarp team after getting the tarp on the field entertained the crowd with their dancing abilities to famous line dancing songs such as Cha Cha Slide.
Due to the rain delay the game was called right before the start of the eighth inning giving the Scrappers the win with the score of 8-3.
Ted Kubiak was pleased after a well-played game by his team saying, "I'll take the win any way".
The Scrappers are set to play on the road against Auburn on July 1.