NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE Scrappers snap losing streak with 4-2 victory over 'Cutters
The Scrappers win moved them within two games of first place Auburn in the Pinckney Division.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers moved within two games of first place in the Pinckney Division with a 4-2 victory in the New York-Penn League over the Williams port Crosscutters on Sunday at Bowman Field.
Ben Francisco and Brian Slocum made it happen.
Francisco hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and Slocum allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Scrappers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
A former standout at UCLA, Francisco went 2-for-5, while Slocum got his first win of the season, striking out four and walking one.
The victory also enabled Mahoning Valley (21-19) to cut its deficit in the New York-Penn League's Pinckney Division. First-place Auburn lost to Oneonta 9-2.
After Simon Young allowed two unearned runs in two innings for the Scrappers, Dan Rich recorded his first save.
Jeff Haase and Andy Baxter each added two hits for the Scrappers, with Baxter, who drove in a run, doubling. Pat Osborn hit an RBI double for the Scrappers' other run.
Mahoning Valley won despite committing three errors.
Roberto Novoa (4-2) was the losing pitcher. He allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out five and walking none.
Mike Collum went 1-for-3 for Williamsport (25-15), which maintained first place in the McNamara Division, driving in his team's only runs of the game.
Mahoning Valley's Michael Rogers (3-2) pitches in the series' final game tonight, while the Crosscutters will throw Nick Gravelle (5-0).
The Scrappers are off Tuesday before returning home for a three-game series with Aberdeen beginning Wednesday.
Francisco cf5122Kytle lf3000
Van Every lf5110Asprilla ss4010
Osborn 3b4011Cortes rf4000
Wright rf4000Eldred dh3110
Peavey dh4000Christensen 1b2100
Haase c3120Aliendo ph1000
Baxter 1b4021Bass 3b4000
Simoneaux 2b4110Kingsbury cf4000
Peguero ss3010Collumn 2b3012
E--Van Every, Osborn, Peguero, Lytle. DP--Scrappers 1, Williamsport 1. LOB--Scrappers 7, Williamsport 5. 2B--Van Every, Osborn, Baxter, Eldred. HR--Francisco. S--Lytle. SB--Haase, Baxter, Lytle, Eldred. CS--Peguero.
Slocum W, 1-0620014
Rich S, 1110000
Novoa L, 4-2673305
WP--Young. HBP--by Young (Christensen). PB--Haase. Umpires--Home, Jason Dunn; Bases Steve Cummings. T--2:39. A--2,322.