Tigers stop Scrappers behind Flowers
Mahoning Valley wasted leads of 3-0 and 4-2.
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Bo Flowers hit a solo home run in the eighth inning as the Oneonta Tigers took a 5-4 decision from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday at Damaschke Field.
The Scrappers (22-27) blew leads of 3-0 and 4-2 in the New York-Penn League game.
With the bases empty and two outs in the last of the eighth, Flowers hit the first pitch he saw from Chip Southerland over the wall in left for the final margin.
Flowers was 4-for-4 in the game.
After taking a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning, the final 13 Scrappers to appear at the plate were retired in order.
The Scrappers, who are 3-11 in their last 14 outings, scored two runs with two out in the third inning.
Brian Finegan singled and went to third on a single by Chris Gimenez.
Left fielder Mike Butia singled home Finegan and Gimenez.
Tim Montgomery led off the fourth inning with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Brett Parker.
Three ground outs scored Montgomery to make it 3-0, but Parker was abandoned on third base.
At the end of three innings, Scrappers starter Aaron Laffey had retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced.
The Tigers (24-22) used two singles and two throwing errors to score two unearned runs in the last of the fourth inning.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Butia reached on an error by the Tigers and Mario Matulich tripled to center, making it 4-2.
Oneonta scored another unearned run in the fifth to pull within 4-3. The Tigers used a walk, a throwing error, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly to narrow the gap.
Mark Jecmen replaced Laffey (five innings, three runs, none earned, three hits) and allowed the Tigers to knot the score in the last of the sixth.
The Tigers loaded the bases with two singles and the third error by Parker. A double play plated their fourth unearned run.
The Scrappers now have at least three errors in each of their past four games.
Southerland (0-1) came on to pitch in the seventh inning and retired five in a row before Flowers got one out of the park.
Argenis Reyes entered the game hitting .316, fifth best in the NYPL. He had hit in 26 of the last 27 games but finished 0-for-4.
Reyes 2b4000Williams lf4000
Finegan ss3110Dlugach ss3101
Gimenez c/1b4110Justice cf3000
Butia lf4112Llamas 3b4000
Matulich 1b/c4021Ryan dh4221
Montgomry cf3100Flowers rf4141
Parker 3b4010Mendez 1b3000
Pacheco dh4001Roa c2000
Encarnacion rf4000Castro 2b3100
E--Parker 3, Matulich, Williams, Mendez. LOB--Scrappers 5, Tigers 5. DP--Scrappers 1. 2B--Parker. 3B--Matulich. HR--Flowers. SF--Dlugach, Mendez. SB--Ryan, Flowers.
Southerland L, 0-1211103
Clelland W, 3-0400004
HBP--by Laffey (Justice). PB--Gimenez. T--2:25. A--1,929.