Kleine's effort for naught
By TOM WILLIAMS
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- On the coldest day of the summer, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers squandered a fine performance by their hottest pitcher.
Victor Kleine, a 6-foot-4-inch left-hander from Florence, Ky., scattered six hits and struck out six batters over six innings Sunday against the Jamestown Jammers at Cafaro Field.
After 75 pitches and with the Scrappers ahead 2-1, Kleine was lifted.
The Jammers, who began the series in last place in the Pinckney-Stedler Division, rallied to complete a sweep of the Scrappers by scoring twice in the seventh inning and once more in the 10th for a 4-3 victory.
"It's a learning experience," said manager Dave Turgeon after Mahoning Valley (4-9) was swept with three one-run losses, including two in extra innings. "You can't teach with 10-0 ball games. Now is when you teach."
The 10th: Reliever Mark Turnbow, who loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning but got out of the jam thanks to a double play, again filled the bags to open the 10th.
Richard Lewis singled, then took third on a base hit by Billy McCarthy. After Kevin Brown walked, Chris Cooper relieved Turnbow and retired designated hitter Tommy Parrot on a shallow pop-out to right field.
The Scrappers thought they had another inning-ending double play when Hector Pimentel grounded to shortstop Bryce Uegawachi, who flipped the ball to second baseman Keith Lillash.
Go-ahead run: Lillash relayed the ball to first baseman Rickie Morton, but base umpire Chris Conroy ruled Pimentel beat the throw to score Lewis with the go-ahead run.
"I thought it was a solid effort," Turgeon said. "I thought it was a double play and we should still be playing, but that's the way it goes. Maybe tomorrow, we'll get a call to go our way."
Turgeon said Kleine, who threw eight shutout innings last Tuesday in Brooklyn, was "outstanding. He carried over from his last start to this start.
"He has a two-seam sinker and that is such an awesome pitch, especially in fastball counts," Turgeon said. "I really hope that this continues to build his confidence."
Explaining that all his pitchers have pitch counts of "90, tops," Turgeon said his 21-year-old left-hander "had highway miles today. He probably could have gone nine [innings] easy."
Pitch clicking: Kleine, who had a 0-0 record and a 4.50 earned-run average last year with the Scrappers, said his "two-seamer was working well. In Brooklyn in the first inning, I tried a few four-seamers and it wasn't working. So I decided to change to another pitch.
"I stuck with it because it gave me the outs, the ground balls I needed to get me through and keeps the pitch count down."
Jamestown starter Zach Miner retired the first five Scrappers before Mahoning Valley scored the game's first run on consecutive pitches.
With two outs in the second, Lillash drove Miner's 1-2 offering to right-center field for a double. Then, Travis Santini singled up the middle to score Lillash.
Lewis' speed was the key to Jamestown tying the game in the sixth inning. He singled then stole second. One out later, Lewis stole third and scored on Brown's sacrifice fly to center.
Response: The Scrappers responded with their second run in the bottom of the sixth when Miguel Quintana's double scored Jonathan Van Every from first. Van Every, who reached base with a hard smash that first baseman Brown couldn't control, was running with the pitch.
Control problems by reliever Ron Colvard in the seventh inning helped put the Jammers ahead, 3-2.
After Pimentel singled, Kyle Roat was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Miller's single to center.
Francis Finnerty's two-out, opposite-field double to left off Jamestown reliever Josh Tillery scored pinch-runner Eric Thompson and tied the game, 3-3.
"I had two strikes on me, so I opened up my zone," Finnerty said. "He tossed me a breaking ball that hung a little bit, so I went with it. I was just trying to put the ball in play.
"It's frustrating not winning, but it's not like we're going out there and slacking," Finnerty said. "We're giving it our best shot and we're learning a lot about the game. Sometimes, it's just hard trying to pull wins out."
Miller lf5022Sorenson dh5000
Lewis 2b5230Edwards 3b3010
McCarthy rf5020Finnerty 3b2011
Brown 1b3001Van Every cf5100
Parrot dh5000Morton 1b4000
Pimentel 3b5131Quintana rf 4011
Pena ss5010Lillash 2b4110
Roat c3010Santini lf4011
Hambrick cf3000Small c 2010
E--Brown, Pimentel, Edwards. DP--Mahoning Valley 4. LOB--Jamestown 9; Mahoning Valley 6. 2B--Rote (1), Finnerty (1), Quintana (2), Lillash (3). SB--Lewis 2 (5), McCarthy (2). CS--Pimentel, Edwards. SF--Brown.
Collazo W, 2-13 1-300004
Turnbow L, 1-1241111
HP--by Kleine (Hambrick), by Colvard (Rote). WP--Colvard. PB--Rote. Umpires--Steve McMullen, home; Chris Conroy, bases. T--2:24. A--4,833.
HOW THEY SCOREDSECOND INNINGSCRAPPERS 1, JAMMERS 0
Scrappers: Rickie Morton grounded out to third baseman Hector Pimentel. Miguel Quintana grounded out to shortstop Tony Pena Jr. Keith Lillash doubled to right-center field. Travis Santini singled to center field, scoring Lillash. Buster Small struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
SIXTH INNINGSCRAPPERS 2, JAMMERS 1
Jammers: Richard Lewis singled to center field and stole second base. Billy McCarthy flew out to right fielder Quintana. Lewis stole third base and scored on Kevin Brown's sacrifice fly to center fielder Jonathan Van Every. Tommy Parrot struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left.
Scrappers: Van Every reached first on an error by first baseman Brown. Rickie Morton struck out. Quintana doubled to center field, scoring Van Every. Lillash grounded out to third baseman Pimentel. Santini struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left.
SEVENTH INNINGSCRAPPERS 3, JAMMERS 3
Jammers: Pimentel singled and took second on Pena's groundout to shortstop Bryce Uegawachi. Pitcher Ron Colvard hit Kyle Roat. Pimentel and Roat advanced on a wild pitch. Torry Hambrick flew out to left-fielder Santini. Miller singled to center, scoring Pimentel and Roat. Lewis grounded out to Uegawachi. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
Scrappers: Buster Small walked and took second base on Uegawachi's sacrifice bunt to pitcher Josh Tillery. Pinch-runner Eric Thompson replaced Small and took third base on Zach Sorenson's groundout to second baseman Lewis. Francis Finnerty doubled down the left-field line to score Thompson. Reliever Willie Collazo struck out Van Every. 1 run, 1 hit 0 errors, 1 left.
10TH INNINGJAMMERS 4, SCRAPPERS 3
Jammers: Lewis singled to center field and took third by running as McCarthy singled to center. Pitcher Mark Turnbow walked Brown. Reliever Chris Cooper retired Parrot on a flyball to right field. Pimentel grounded into a fielder's choice, retiring Brown at second base but scoring Lewis. Pens struck out. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.