Mike Edwards had a good night at the plate for Mahoning Valley.
By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- Mike Edwards is making the most of his stay at Mahoning Valley.
On a rehabilitation assignment from Double-A Akron, Edwards hit two home runs and had four RBIs for the Scrappers, who lost to Jamestown 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday at Cafaro Field.
The Jammers (4-8) scored the winning run on Tony Pena's RBI double off Brian Curtin in the 10th.
A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Edwards continues to work his way back from shoulder surgery. His home runs in the first and fifth innings helped the Scrappers (4-8) erase a 4-0 deficit.
"I'm just trying to get back into the groove," said Edwards, who added that his last two home-run game probably came two years ago at Class-A Kinston.
"I've been hitting the past month -- a lot of batting practice -- off the tee," he said. "Right now, I'm seeing live pitching, and I'll take it from there."
Was DH: Usually a third baseman, Edwards went 3-for-5 as a designated hitter Saturday, adding a single. He struck out in the seventh inning and grounded out in the 10th.
"I'm somewhat of a perfectionist," Edwards said. "I was upset that I got out the last two times. But, it was a good night, and I get to play the field tomorrow so that's what counts."
Scrappers manager Dave Turgeon said of Edwards, "He sparks us. He's got some thump [in his bat]. He has a nice approach to hitting. Thank God he's in the lineup providing us with some offensive punch that we've lacked."
Jamestown built a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Scrappers starter Luke Field, who allowed a two-run double to Billy McCarthy and a run-scoring double to Jose Salas. The Jammers' other run scored on a wild pitch.
But, Edwards hit a two-run home run to left-center field, one of the deepest homers at Cafaro Field (over 405 feet), to cut the deficit in half. Zach Sorenson, also rehabbing from Akron after elbow surgery, was on base with a single.
"I usually hit balls gap-to-gap. That's the type of hitter I am," Edwards said. "Right now, I've been pulling the ball; I think I'm just excited to get back on the field."
Home run: Edwards came to bat for the third time, in the fifth inning, and he gave Jamestown right-handed starter Andrew Brown something else to remember him by.
Again with Sorenson on first after singling, Edwards drove a full-count pitch over the left-field wall to tie the score 4-4.
The right-handed Field settled down after the first inning to limit Jamestown to three singles. Field lasted six innings, allowing the four runs (three earned) on six hits, with two walks and a strikeout.
Field, who was relieved by Todd Culp, has had some hard luck trying to record his first victory. Entering Saturday's game, he was 0-1 with a 1.50 earned-run average in two starts and 12 innings.
"Right now, the way we're swinging, it's tough to get by when you give up four runs early," Turgeon said. "But, [Field] absolutely pitched well enough to win. To me, that was a quality start."
One week after he allowed seven runs in one inning in a game against Williamsport, Culp couldn't hold Jamestown in the seventh inning.
An error by third baseman Francis Finnerty, one of four by the Scrappers, loaded the bases for Jamestown with one out, and Culp walked in the go-ahead run, 5-4.
Finnerty made up for his miscue by tying the score with an RBI single in the eighth inning. He was thrown out trying to reach second.
Miller lf5130Sorenson ss3220
Lewis 2b3100Edwards dh5234
Jeffcoat 3b3001Van Every cf4010
Brown 1b5000Morton 1b5120
McCarthy rf5232Quintana rf5010
Salas c4111Finnerty 3b4011
Pena ss5021Myers c3000
Kent cf4010Thompson lf3010
Green dh5110Made 2b4000
E--Finnerty, Myers, Made Field. DP--Jamestown 1, Mahoning Valley 1. LOB--Jamestown 9; Mahoning Valley 6.
Hopper, W2 2-330002
Umpires--Chris Conroy, home; Steve McMulin, bases. T--2:13. A--5,518.
HOW THEY SCOREDFIRST INNINGJAMMERS 4, SCRAPPERS 2
Jammers: Greg Miller singled in the infield, stole second base. Richard Lewis walked. Brian Jeffcoat grounded out to first, Miller to third, Lewis to second. Kevin Brown struck out. Billy McCarthy doubled into the right center field gap, Miller, Lewis scored. Jose Salas doubled to left center, McCarthy scored. Salas reached third on a wild pitch, scored on a wild pitch. Tony Pena flied out to right. 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 0 left.
Scrappers: Zach Sorenson singled to left, Mike Edwards homered over the left center field wall, Sorenson, Edwards scored. Jonathan Van Every grounded out to first. Rickie Morton singled to left, Miguel Quintana hit into a fielder's choice, Morton out at second. Francis Finnerty flied out to center. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
FIFTH INNINGJAMMERS 4, SCRAPPERS 4
Scrappers: Maximo Made grounded out to second. Sorenson singled to left, Edwards homered over the left-field wall, Sorenson, Edwards scored. Van Every flied out to right. Morton doubled to right, Quintana struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
SEVENTH INNINGJAMMERS 5, SCRAPPERS 4
Jammers: Mailon Kent singled to left, Kevin Green singled to left, Miller reached on a fielder's choice, Kent out at third. Lewis reached on an error by the third baseman to load the bases. Jeffcoat walked to score Green. Brown struck out. McCarthy struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 3 left.
EIGHTH INNINGJAMMERS 5, SCRAPPERS 5
Scrappers: Van Every walked, Morton reached on a fielder's choice, Van Every out at second. Quintana singled to right, Morton to third. Finnerty singled to right center, Morton scored, Finnerty out trying to reach second. Pinch hitter Chad Peshke flied out to center. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
10TH INNINGJAMMERS 6, SCRAPPERS 5
Jammers: McCarthy singled in the infield, Salas bunted to sacrifice McCarthy to second. McCarthy reached third on an error by the second baseman. Pena doubled to left center, McCarthy scored. Kent grounded out to second. Green struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.