SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK | From Eastwood Field
Stop, thief! Scrappers leadoff hitter Argenis Reyes had slipped to second in the league in stolen bases over the previous few games, but he wasted no time retaking the lead Friday night. He stole second and third in the first inning after leading off the game with a single. Unfortunately, Reyes was stranded at third. "He got to third base with no outs, and I think we struck out three straight times," Sarbaugh said. Reyes now has 18 stolen bases and leads by one steal over Brooklyn's Ambiorix Concepcion depending on Concepcion's night.
Power outage: Tri-City's Mario Garza leads the New York-Penn League by a large margin with 13 home runs. But the Scrappers had his number the first two games of the series, holding him to just one hit in nine at-bats. But Garza busted out of his slump as he unloaded the bases in the first inning with a three-run double to right-center. He also drove in a fourth run with a groundout in the fifth inning.
Walking: The Scrappers walked 10 more Valley Cats Friday after walking four and six, respectively, the first two games of the series. Lots of walks are nothing new to the Valley Cats. They lead the league in walks offensively, and their pitching staff has also walked the most in the league. The Valley Cats only walked two Scrappers Friday.
Injury update: Catcher Wyatt Toregas (hand) and second baseman Marshall Szabo (knee) both left Thursday night's game with injuries and were out of the lineup Friday.
Next: The Scrappers begin a three-game series at Oneonta at 7 p.m. today. Left-hander Aaron Laffey will make his third start for the Scrappers since being sent down from Lake County. He is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched for the Scrappers. The road trip will be just three games before the Scrappers return home Tuesday night to play Jamestown.