NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE Scrappers lose 3-2 to N.J., split series
Mahoning Valley moves on to Hudson Valley for a game tonight.
AUGUSTA, N.J. -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss Sunday against the New Jersey Cardinals, begin a three-game series tonight against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Dutchess Stadium.
Mahoning Valley (11-28) split its four-game series against the Cardinals.
Scrappers starting pitcher Nick Moran (2-1) took the loss Sunday, after New Jersey scored the deciding run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jesse Roman. Moran pitched five innings, allowing the three runs on five hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.
Take lead: Mike Edwards' RBI single in the first inning and Miguel Quintana's RBI double over the left fielder's head in the third inning, gave the Scrappers a 2-0 lead.
But the Cardinals tied the score in the bottom half of the inning, on Santos De Los Santos' RBI single and Billy Schmitt's sacrifice fly.
A day after the Scrappers recorded 15 hits in their second straight victory over New Jersey (19-21), they were limited to seven hits by four Cardinals pitchers.
Josh Merrigan (1-2), who relieved starter Rhett Parrott in the fourth inning, surrendered one hit and earned the victory, while relievers Mike Wodnicki and Jared Blasdell held the Scrappers hitless over the final three innings.
Mark Turnbow and Ron Colvard relieved Moran effectively in the final three innings, limiting the Cardinals to no runs and two hits.
The Scrappers return to Cafaro Field on Thursday to begin a four-game home-stand with two games each against the Auburn Doubledays and Batavia Muckdogs.
MAHONING VALLEYNEW JERSEY
Malave cf2100Nelson rf3010
Edwards 3b3011Delosantos ss4111
Munoz dh4120Roman 1b2021
Quintana rf4011Schmitt 3b3001
Kirby lf3000Schumaker cf2000
Myers c3010Santor dh3000
Peshke ph0000Meylan ph/dh1000
Finnerty 1b4000Robison lf4000
Uegawachi ss2010Netwall c3000
Morton ph1000Davidson 2b3230Colmenter 2b4010
E--Moran. DP--New Jersey 2. LOB--Mahoning Valley 7, New Jersey 7. 2B--Quintana, Nelson. SB--Malave, Schumaker. CS--Myers, Davidson. SH--Nelson. SF--Schmitt.
Moran L, 2-1553326
Merrigan W, 1-22 1-310011
Blasdell S, 5100010
WP--Moran, Colvard, Wodnicki. Umpires--Home, Chris Thomas; bases, Neil Yates. T--2:39. A--2,987.
HOW THEY SCORED
SCRAPPERS 1, CARDINALS 0
Scrappers: Dennis Malave walked, stole second. Mike Edwards singled to left center field, Malave scored. Billy Munoz, Miguel Quintana, Brian Kirby struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left.
SCRAPPERS 2, CARDINALS 2
Scrappers: Malave walked, picked off by catcher at first base. Edwards grounded out to short. Munoz singled, Quintana doubled over the left fielder's head, Munoz scored. Kirby popped out to the catcher. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
Cardinals: Seth Davidson singled, reached second on an error by pitcher Nick Moran. John Nelson grounded out to second, Davidson to third. Santos De Los Santos singled to center, Davidson scored. De Los Santos reached second on a wild pitch. Jesse Roman singled, De Los Santos to third. Billy Schmitt flied out to center, De Los Santos scored, Roman to second. Skip Schumaker struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 left.
CARDINALS 3, SCRAPPERS 2
Cardinals: Davidson singled, Nelson bunted to sacrifice Davidson to second. De Los Santos struck out. Roman singled to right, Davidson scored. Schmitt grounded out to second. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.