Six-run second inning does in Scrappers on the road
The Scrappers were doubled up in the hit department, 12 to 6, on Sunday.
JAMESTOWN, NY - One inning can be everything in the game of baseball. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers found that out the hard way on Sunday afternoon in Jamestown, NY. The Scrappers surrendered six runs on five hits and were never able to recover, eventually falling to the Jamestown Jammers, 9-4.
Kieran Lovegrove, the Cleveland Indians 3rd round pick in 2012, got his first start of the season on Sunday. He was able to work around two two-out walks in the first inning, but was not able to get through the second. With one-out and a runner at second base in the second inning, Michael Fransoso doubled home Chase Simpson with the game’s first run.
The next eight batters would all reach base with and five would cross the plate. Lovegrove worked 1.2 innings, allowing six runs on five hits. All six runs were earned. He walked four and struck out none while taking the loss.
Edward Estrella followed Lovegrove with 2.1 innings. He did not allow a hit or a run. Estrella walked one and struck out one. Estrella was forced to leave the game with an injury in the fifth inning. Carlos Melo was next out of the bullpen. Melo went two innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Melo walked one and struck out one. Jose Zapata worked the final two innings for the Scrappers. He allowed two hits but no runs. Zapata did not walk a batter and struck out two.
The Scrappers offense didn’t fare much better for the better part of the afternoon. Jammers starter Tyler Eppler worked a perfect three innings while striking out three. Jose Regalado relieved Eppler and worked three innings to pick up the win. Regalado allowed just one hit and struck out two. The one hit was the first for the Scrappers and did not happen until the sixth inning.
The Scrappers finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Josh McAdams started the inning with a single. That single was followed by another from Yonathan Mendoza. Both runners were brought in to the score on Jorge Martinez’s double to centerfield. Martinez would also score on a throwing error by Jammers shortstop, Tyler Filliben.
The Scrappers were able to add one more run in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Nick Hamilton reached base on a fielding error by Jammers second basemen, Erik Lunde. Hamilton moved to second on a groundout and then scored on Mendoza’s RBI single to bring the score to 9-4. It was as close as the Scrappers would get.
The Scrappers and Jammers will conclude their opening series on Monday morning. First pitch is set for 11:05 AM. The Scrappers return home on Tuesday for the home opener at Eastwood Field. Catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.