Walk-off homerun for Tri-City prevents sweep
Mahoning Valley managed just 4 runs, despite recording 10 hits on Friday
TROY, NY - After two nights of back and forth nail biters, why would the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Tri-City ValleyCats deliver anything less in the final game of their three game series. The Scrappers and ValleyCats each led at one point before entering the bottom of the 9th tied at 4. A one out, three run homerun from Terell Joyce would end the game and prevent the Scrappers attempt at a three game sweep.
The Scrapers wasted little time taking an early lead. With 2 outs in the top of the 1st inning, Leo Castillo blasted the first pitch he saw deep into the Troy night for his team leading 4th homerun of the season and a 1-0 Scrappers lead.
Tri-City would take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Alex Hernandez reached base on a walk with 1 out. Joyce would then also walk with 2 outs. Jose Solano singled to right field on a 0-2 pitch to tie the game at 1. Mott Hyde then lifted a fly ball down the right field line. D’Vone McClure was unable to make the diving catch as the ball appeared to land several feet into foul territory. The umpires ruled that it was a fair ball and both Hernandez and Joyce would score for a 3-1 Tri-City lead.
The Scrappers would get a run back in the top of the 4th inning. Taylor Murphy walked to start the inning. After a wild pitch moved Murphy to second, McClure would then follow with an RBI double to score Murphy. The Scrappers trailed 3-2 after 4 innings.
The ValleyCats immediately got the run back in the bottom half of the inning. Jake Rodriguez led off the inning with his first homerun of the season, just inside the foul pole down the leftfield line.
Trailing 4-2 with 2 outs in the 7th inning, Greg Allen singled. Steven Patterson would then bounce back to the mound. Tri-City pitcher Luis Ordosgoitti’s throw to first would sail up the right field foul line allowing Allen to score from first. Patterson ended up at third on the three base error. Castillo then delivered again, singling into centerfield to score Patterson to tie the game.
The game stayed tied heading into the bottom of the 9th inning. After Bobby Boyd flew out to start the inning, Anthony Vizcaya walked Hernandez. Jamie Ritchie followed with a single to put the winning run at second. Joyce would then connect on a 2-2 pitch for the walk off homerun.
Cameron Hill started for the Scrappers and worked 3.1 innings. He allowed 4 runs, all earned on 5 hits. Hill walked 4 and struck out 3. Luis Gomez followed Hill and was near perfect over 2.2 innings. Gomez did not allow a hit or a run. He walked 2 and struck out 5. Vizcaya (1-5) would pitch the final 2.1 innings while taking the loss. Vizcaya allowed 3 runs, all earned, on 2 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 3.
Despite the loss, the Scrappers leave Tri-City with a series win, having taken the first two games and handing the ValleyCats their first home series loss of the year.
The Scrappers will now head to Burlington, VT for a three game series with the Vermont Lake Monsters starting Saturday night at 6:05. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.