Ejected: In the seventh inning, home plate umpire Steve McMullen ejected Cafaro Field scoreboard operator Jayson Spencer. Scrappers batter Jonathan van Every leaned into a pitch by Jamestown's Willie Collazo and was hit, but McMullen called a ball. As fans voiced their displeasure, the scoreboard flashed "Boo." McMullen saw the message, turned to the control room behind home plate and ejected Spencer.
Rain delay: Sunday's game was delayed because of a shower that drenched Cafaro Field about an hour before game time. The grounds crew lifted the tarp about 2 p.m. and the game began 25 minutes later under overcast skies. Game-time temperature was 63 degrees.
One-run woes: Eight of the Scrappers' first 13 games have been decided by one run. Mahoning Valley is 2-6 in those games.
Hot bats: Fresh off rehabilitation assignments, Mike Edwards and Zach Sorensen had been swinging hot bats until Sunday's performance. In games Thursday through Saturday, Edwards batted .500 with two homers and four RBIs while Sorenson batted .375 with three RBIs. On Sunday, Edwards went 1-for-3 and Sorenson, the lead-off batter and designated hitter, went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Close calls: Scrappers starter Victor Kleine was in trouble in the first inning after lead-off batter Greg Miller reached base on an error and Richard Lewis singled to center. One pitch later, though, Billy McCarthy's line drive bounced into Kleine's glove, starting a 1-6-3 double play. Kevin Brown's liner to second baseman Keith Lillash ended the inning. Four innings later, the Jammers had another threat going when Kyle Roat doubled down the right-field line and Kleine hit Torry Hambrick with a pitch. The rally fizzled when Miller lined out to Lillash and he relayed to shortstop Bryce Uegawachi to double up Roat.
On deck: The Scrappers will play a home-and-home series this week against the Batavia Muckdogs. The first two games, tonight and Tuesday) will be 7 p.m. games at Cafaro Field. Scrappers right-hander Devin Rogers (0-0, 1.35) will pitch tonight's game against Muckdogs righty Brandon Mayfield. Two more right-handers will pitch Tuesday: Nick Moran (0-0, 2.57) for the Scrappers against Il Kim. When the series shifts to Batavia on Wednesday, Scott Sturkie (0-0, 5.68) will duel the Muckdogs' Carlos Silverio. Thursday, Luke Field (0-1, 2.50) will pitch against Batavia's Jason Bernard.
More of New York: Next weekend, the Scrappers will play in Jamestown. Kleine's next turn in the rotation should come Friday and he said a rematch favors both him and the Jammers batters. "It definitely helps me, but it helps them too. Going over the charts [I] have to remember what I threw them. It comes down to a mental game, whether I make an adjustment or if they do."
-- Tom Williams

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