NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE Big inning keys Scrappers rally
Mahoning Valley scored four runs in the fourth inning to top Williamsport.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Michael Rogers and Kevin Martin combined to pitch the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to a 7-5 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters in the New York-Penn League Monday.
Rogers (4-2) went the first six innings and left with a 6-4 lead. He gave up nine hits, four earned runs and struck out seven.
Martin allowed just one hit over three innings and was credited with his first save of the year.
The Scrappers (22-19) scored twice in the first inning but the Crosscutters (25-16) had a pair of two-run rallies to go in front 4-2 after three innings.
A four-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Jeff Haase, put Mahoning Valley in front to stay, 6-4.
Crosscutters starter Nick Gravelle entered the game with a 5-0 record and 2.14 ERA but was in trouble early.
Ben Francisco led off with a single and went to third on a single to right by Jonathan Van Every. Pat Osborn followed with an RBI single and one out later Haase walked to load the bases.
Van Every scored on a ground ball by Andy Baxter who has been hitting .345 over the last 10 games.
The Crosscutters, who lead McNamara Division, collected seven of their 10 hits in the second and third innings including a two-run homer by Brad Eldred.
The Scrappers, who took the rubber game of the three-game series, scored four runs on five hits in the fifth.
Miguel Peguero led off with a single and Francisco was safe on a bunt but Van Every grounded into a double play. Osborn singled in Peguero from third and Bill Peavey doubled to right to score Osborn, tying the score at 4.
Haase hit his seventh homer of the year, a 371-foot shot to left, to score Peavey. Haase has 23 RBIs.
Struck out side
Rogers responded with his best inning, striking out the side in the bottom of the fifth.
Williamsport scored a run in the seventh to close to 6-5 but the Scrappers answered with a run in the eighth.
With Baxter at first, pinch-hitter Shaun Larkin walked. Both were safe on a double steal play. A sacrifice fly by Mike Conroy plated Baxter with the final run.
Martin permitted just two baserunners over the final three innings.
Auburn (24-17) defeated Oneonta 8-5 Monday to keep its two-game lead over Mahoning Valley for first place in the Pinckney Division.
The Scrappers are off tonight and return home to play the Aberdeen Ironbirds in a three-game series, beginning Wednesday.
Francisco cf4120Lytle cf5020
Van Every rf5110Asprilla 3b5110
Osborn 3b5122Cortes rf3111
Peavey dh4111Eldred 1b4112
Haase c3112Bass dh4010
Baxter 1b3111Kingsbury lf4110
Simoneaux 2b3000Collum 2b4120
Larkin ph/2b0000Ramos c3000
Conroy lf3001Christensen ph1000
Peguero ss4120Lee ss3011
E--Simoneaux, Eldred 2. DP--Williamsport 2. LOB--Williamsport 6, Scrappers 5. HR--Haase, Eldred. 3B--Asprilla. 2B--Peavey, Lytle, Bass, Kingsbury. SF--Conroy, Cortes. SB--Francisco, Baxter, Larkin. CS--Francisco, Collum.
Rogers W, 4-2694407
Martin S, 1311112
Gravelle L, 5-1596621
WP--Rogers. Umpires--Home, Steve Cummings; bases, Jason Dunn. T--2:41. A--1,349.
HOW THEY SCORED
MAHONING VALLEY 2, WILLIAMSPORT 0
Scrappers: Ben Francisco singled. Jonathan Van Every singled Francisco to third. Pat Osborn singled in Francisco, Van Every to second. Bill Peavey flew out. Jeff Haase walked, Van Every to third, Osborn to second. Andy Baxter grounded out, Van Every scores, Osborn to third, Haase to second. Neil Simoneaux flew out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 2, WILLIAMSPORT 2
Crosscutters: Chris Bass struck out. Bobby Kingsbury doubled to right. Mike Collumn singles Kingsbury to third. Wild pitch scores Kingsbury, Collumn to second. Victor Ramos grounds out, Collumn to third. Tabor Lee singles in Collumn. Chaz Lytle singles Lee to second. Alverido Asprilla flies out. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.
WILLIAMSPORT 4, MAHONING VALLEY 2
Crosscutters: Jorge Cortes singles. Brad Eldred homers, Cortes scores ahead of him. Bass doubles. Kingsbury flies out, Bass to third. Collumn strikes out. Ramos strikes out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 6, WILLIAMSPORT 4
Scrappers: Miguel Peguero singles. Francisco bunts Peguero to second. Van Every hits into 4-6-3 double play, Francisco out at second, Peguero safe at third. Osborn singles in Peguero. Peavey doubles to right, Osborn scores. Haase homers to left scoring Peavey. Baxter walks. Simoneaux strikes out. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 6, WILLIAMSPORT 5
Crosscutters: Lytle grounds out. Asprilla triples to center. Cortes flies out, Asprilla scores. Eldred grounds out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 7, WILLIAMSPORT 5
Scrappers: Haase flies out. Baxter singles. Shaun Larkin, batting for Simoneaux, walks, Baxter to second. Baxter steals third, Larkin steals second. Mike Conroy sacrifice fly, Baxter scores. Peguero grounds out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left.