Batavia scored twice in the eighth to seal a 5-2 victory.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- Batavia bunched their hits together and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers did not.
As a result, the Muckdogs scored three times in the third inning and twice more in the eighth to defeat the Scrappers 5-2.
The New York-Penn League game, which proved to be a vivid example of the old baseball axiom "good pitching beats good hitting," was contested Saturday at Cafaro Field.
Batavia starter Brandon Mayfield (4-3) was masterful through seven innings, holding the Scrappers (14-31) to two runs (one earned) on five hits.
"That guy threw a gem," Scrapper manager Dave Turgeon said of Mayfield.
"We had opportunities, but good pitching beats good hitting every day," Turgeon added. "He did a great job."
The Muckdogs (24-20) took advantage of a minor mistake by Scrappers starter Marcos Mendoza (2-2) in the third. Things unraveled quickly.
With one out, Cliff Dancy, the ninth hitter in the Batavia lineup, singled.
When Mendoza threw away an attempted pickoff of Dancy, the Mahoning Valley pitcher seemed to lose his concentration.
"It's amazing -- it's like two different animals," Turgeon said of Mendoza's performance.
"When he was out there, he lost his focus, his concentration. His rhythm and tempo would change. He tried overthrowing and doing too much."
The next batter walked, followed by a hit batsman. Sean Walsh then singled in the first two runs of the game. A ground ball scored the third run before Mendoza could regain his composure.
The Muckdogs scored that inning on two hits, two walks, an error, two stolen bases and a hit batter.
Mendoza went five innings and retired the side in order in three of them, including the final nine hitters in a row.
"Before and after that [big inning], he was outstanding," Turgeon said of his left-hander.
Meanwhile, Mahoning Valley did little. The top five hitters in the batting order finished 1-for-19.
Batavia pitchers issued no walks. The Scrappers walked five.
"Some nights you're going to score one run and win," Turgeon said. "But, tonight wasn't one of those nights. Our bats weren't there tonight."
The Scrappers have raised their team batting average 38 points in the last two weeks, but Turgeon said on some nights a team can't hit.
"Pitching and defense is the key," he said. "We always talk about timely hitting. It's great to score 10 runs, but it doesn't always happen."
After Mayfield retired the first nine hitters he faced in order and 13 of the initial 15, Mahoning Valley got on track.
The Scrappers narrow the deficit to 3-1 in the fifth when Jesus Colmenter scored Travis Santini on a sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, catcher Brad Guglielmelli hit his first homer for the Scrappers, 335 feet just inside the left field foul pole to make it 3-2. Santini followed with his second hit -- a double -- but was stranded as one of just four Scrappers left on base in the game.
Batavia scored two runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. G.G. Sato and Erick Rivera drove in the runs on back-to-back doubles.
Nick Glaser came on to pitch for Batavia and retired all six hitters he faced, three by strikeout.
Each team was held to five hits. Batavia just made the most of theirs.
Perry cf4100Malave cf3000
Gonzalez ss3100Peshke 3b4000
Walsh 3b3112Munoz dh4000
Howard 1b4011Morton 1b4010
Sato c3111Quintna rf4000
Rivera rf3011Guglielmelli c4111
Silvera 2b4000Santini lf3120
Pohle dh4000Uegawachi ss3010
Dancy lf3110Colmenter 2b2001
E--Sato, Mendoza. LOB--Batavia 5, Mahoning Valley 4. HR--Guglielmelli. 2B--Sato, Rivera. SB--Dancy, Perry. SF--Colmenter.
Mayfield W (3-2)752103
Mendoza, L (2-2) 5 2-333035
HBP--by Mayfield (Malave), by Mendoza (Gonzalez). Umpires--Home Jason Day. Bases--Steve Bretz. T--2:39. A--5,028.
HOW THEY SCORED
BATAVIA 3, MAHONING VALLEY 0
Muckdogs: Rich Pohle struck out. Cliff Dancy singled to left. Dancy to second on a throwing error on attempted pick off. Rod Perry walked. Double steal, Dancy to third, Perry to second. Danny Gonzalez hit by a pitch to load bases. Sean Walsh 2 RBI single to center scored Dancy and Perry, Gonzalez to third and Walsh to second on the throw. Ryan Howard grounded out, Gonzalez scored, Walsh to third. G.G. Sato walked. Eric Rivera grounded out. 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 left.
BATAVIA 3, MAHONING VALLEY 1
Scrappers: Brad Guglielmelli struck out. Travis Santini singled. Bryce Uegawachi bunt single, Santini to third on a throwing error. Jesus Colmenter sacrifice fly, Santini scored. Dennis Malave grounded out. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 left.
BATAVIA 3, MAHONING VALLEY 2
Scrappers: Miguel Quintana flew out. Brad Guglielmelli homered to left field corner 335 feet. Santani doubled, Uegawachi flew out. Colmenter flew out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
BATAVIA 5, MAHONING VALLEY 2
Muckdogs: Gonzalez grounded out. Walsh walked, Howard flew out. Sato doubled Walsh home. Rivera doubled Sato home. Andres Silvera struck. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.