Spinners take down Scrappers 4-3
Bases-loaded walk dooms Mahoning Valley as team falls in seventh inning
NILES, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers fell to the Lowell Spinners in an oddly less-than-exciting affair on Tuesday night by a final score of 4-3.
With two outs in the top of the seventh in a 3-3 game,Alexis Paredes replaced Harold Guerrero on the mound and looked to end the Spinners bases-loaded threat. While he was successful in doing so, it came just one batter too late.
Paredes walked in the game-winning run on four straight pitches before getting a pop-out to end the inning, bringing in the game-winning run and ruining what was an otherwise wonderful stat-line: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K.
Trailing by a run for the final three innings, the Scrappers couldn’t whip up a rally and fell by the same one-run margin.
As manager Ted Kubiak explained, “We’re close, but we just can’t get over the hump. We always do something to kind of shoot ourselves in the foot.”
While the day off yesterday may have affected the Scrappers offense, for the most part, their pitching was decent.
Kenny Matthews got the start for the Scrappers on his 20th birthday and delivered a brilliant performance to commemorate the special day.
After three perfect innings to start things off, Matthews ran into some trouble in the fourth, allowing a single run, two hits, and one walk in the inning and on the evening.
Meanwhile, the New York Penn League Pitcher of the Week for back-to-back weeks, Jaime Callahan, was ready to put on another show as he started for the Spinners.
In his previous two starts, Callahan had flat-out dominated his opponents, allowing just one hit in twelve innings, including six perfect frames against the Auburn Doubledays.
The tall task of hitting Callahan seemed daunting at first, but the Scrappers put their fears aside and hit the righty quickly out of the ball game.
In 4.2 innings of work, Callahan allowed five hits, three runs, and two walks, while striking out only one batter.
Claudio Bautista, who started at third for the Scrappers, had a very nice day against the Lowell ace.
In two plate appearances against Callahan, Bautista brought in all three of the game’s runs. The first came on fielder’s choice groundout that scored Cody Ferrell and the next two came on a two-out liner up the middle that gave the Scrappers a 3-1 lead.
Callahan was replaced by the Australian lefty, Daniel McGrath, who was as dominant as Callahan was rumored to be.
2.1 innings of relief from McGrath rendered no hits, runs, or walks for the Scrappers, giving him a perfect outing.
While McGrath was untouchable, his Scrappers counterpart, Cole Sulser, was nearly the opposite.
After getting out of a jam with the 3-1 lead still in tact in the fifth inning, the sixth brought Sulser a great deal of trouble.
Sulser was pulled after recording the second out of the inning and finished the night with 1.2 innings pitched, two runs, two hits, and three walks.
Harold Guerrero replaced Sulser and was no better than his predecessor.
In one inning, Guerrero allowed two hits, two walks, and loaded the bases before being replaced by Paredes, who allowed the game-winning run on the aforementioned walk.
The Scrappers will come back tomorrow night looking to even the series with the Spinners and better their 20-27 record on the season.
First pitch from Eastwood Field is set for 7:05 pm.