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The Scrapperbook: 7/5/2013 to 7/25/2013

The Scrapperbook: 7/5/2013 to 7/25/2013
July 26, 2013
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Since the last edition of the Scrapperbook was published, things have been very rocky for the boys of summer in Niles, Ohio.

The first Scrapperbook was written in the midst of a two game losing streak that quickly continued into five, elevated to ten, and ended at twelve in a row. In losing twelve straight ballgames, the Scrappers unfortunately broke the franchise’s consecutive loss record along with the spirits of the players and coaches who were responsible for the meltdown.

According to the Scrappers Director of Media and Play-By-Play Radio Announcer, Timothy Poszgai, the normally chipper bunch was sullen and somber in the clubhouse, refusing to say a word or even crack a smile while in the midst of all the frustration. 

During the streak, the Scrappers piled up some horrific statistics. Including the 0-12 record from Wednesday July 3rd to Sunday July 14th, the Scrappers were swept three times and were outscored by a total of 76-32 in the twelve contests.

Since the end of the infamous streak on Monday July 15th in a 6-2 win against Vermont, The Scrappers have won three straight series, including two on a road trip to New York City.

After a back-to-back walk off wins in a doubleheader against the State College Spikes on Wednesday, the Scrappers defeated the Spikes again on Thursday night, giving them their first sweep of the entire 2013 season. The wins on Wednesday also secured the first three-series win streak for the Scrappers since 2011.

Now at a 15-23 mark on the season, the Scrappers are slowly turning things around. Players are getting back into the spirit and it’s showing, as they’ve won 7 of their last 9 matchups.

Whether or not they are set to continue their winning ways, the Scrappers have had their fair share of great performers, middle-of-the-road players, and less-than-stellar pieces.

Shiny Metals

Nellie Rodriguez INF
36 G, .326 BA (43-132), .395 OBP, .500 SLG, .895 OPS, 8 2B, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 19 R

 There isn’t enough you can say about first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. Named the New York Penn League Player of the Week on July 22nd, Rodriguez has been one of the lone bright spots for the Scrappers in their tough 2013 season.

In his last ten games Rodriguez is hitting .405 with three home runs, nine RBIs, and four doubles. Rodriguez’ marquee performance of the season came in his hometown of New York, New York against the Brooklyn Cyclones in which he went 4-for-5, hit two home runs, had five RBIs, and hit one double.  He is coming into his own in front of our very eyes and will hopefully continue his brilliance in the Cleveland Indians organization for quite a long time.

James Roberts INF
22 G, .292 BA (21-72), .370 OBP, .306 SLG, .676 OPS, 1 2B, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R

Roberts, a late addition to the Scrappers roster, has been a model of consistency in terms of getting on base.  The 2013 15th round pick out of the University of Southern California has been the king of the single as 20 of his 21 hits on the year have been solo-baggers. He only has one extra base hit, a double, to his name.

In his last ten, Roberts has hit .323 with ten hits and two walks. He, like Rodriguez, put together his best performance of the season in Brooklyn when he had three hits and his only double of the season, while scoring two of the Scrappers six runs on the evening.  While singles aren’t flashy, they are necessary and Roberts has been able to hit them just about every time he puts the bat on the ball.

Luis Lugo RHP
8 G, 1-3, 1.47 ERA, 27 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 20 K.

Luis Lugo has been a “Shiny Metal” in the Scrapperbook this season already, but has more than earned his second appearance in as many publications.  On the year, Lugo has absolutely dominated his offensive opponents. Only once has he given up more than one earned run in a game - four against the Spikes in State College - and has allowed no runs in five of his eight appearances on the season.

While he has been in rare form all season long, his latest start may have been his best of the year. In 5.2 innings, Lugo allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out six, on his way to yet another no decision. If there’s been one knock against Lugo, it’s that he allows hitters to make contact, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday night.  If Lugo is making the swing-and-miss a part of his already stellar repertoire, the Indians may see him tear up the minors and be on the fast-track to the big leagues.

Rusty Rejects

Sicnarf Loopstock C
8 G, .148 BA (4-27), .207 OBP, .222 SLG, .429 OPS, 0 2B, 1 3B, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K

While his name may be the best on the Scrappers roster, his numbers are certainly not. The Aruban Loopstock has struggled when given opportunities to play this season. While he did get a key hit in Wednesday night’s affair, Loopstock has failed to put the bat on the ball with any sort of consistency.

An interesting number to note, however, is the four runs he has scored on the season. He’s reached base a total of six times and has scored on four of those occasions. How about that run-scoring efficiency?

By the Numbers

12: Losses in a row for the Scrappers, their season and franchise high.

1: Wins for Luis Lugo on the year despite his 1.47 ERA.

4: Doubleheaders played by the Scrappers this season, all coming in the month of July.

2: Walk-off wins by the Scrappers on a bases-loaded walk.

Next 10 Games

7/26 7:05 Batavia MuckDogs
7/27 7:05 Batavia MuckDogs
7/28 5:05 Williamsport CrossCutters
7/29 7:05 Williamsport CrossCutters
7/30 7:05 @ Aberdeen Ironbirds
7/31 7:05 @ Aberdeen Ironbirds
8/1   7:05 @ Aberdeen Ironbirds
8/2   7:05 @ Connecticut Tigers
8/3   7:05 @ Connecticut Tigers
8/4   4:05 @ Connecticut Tigers
8/6   7:05 Lowell Spinners

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