Scrappers win in 10th, 7-6
Brian Finegan's infield hit produced the winning run over the Jammers.
By BRIAN RICHESSON
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- Standing behind first base, Brian Finegan knocked his batting helmet against the ground in an act of celebration and redemption.
And then he disappeared into a mob of Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who surrounded him following a 7-6, 10-inning victory over Jamestown on Wednesday night at Eastwood Field.
Finegan's slow infield roller down the third-base line, with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th, scored Tim Montgomery for the winning run.
"It's a good feeling to know that all the guys we have are rooting for you and deep down they want you to succeed," Finegan said of his teammates, who were standing along the dugout railing before the winning run scored.
Drive for five
The dramatic ending sent the Scrappers (26-27) to their fourth straight victory, one win shy of their season high, which they will attempt to match tonight in the series finale against the Jammers (17-33).
"It's been a funny year. It's been an up-and-down year," Scrappers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. "Hopefully here at the end, we can stay on an even path and maybe make it interesting for the wild card."
Finegan's single capped a roller-coaster game in which he had a team-high three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. But the shortstop also made an error in the ninth inning that helped Jamestown force extra innings.
Hard to hit
At the outset, the odds were stacked against the Scrappers, especially with the Florida Marlins' second-round draft pick, left-hander Jason Vargas of Long Beach State, looking sharp on the mound.
"He had good stuff, and he overmatched us early in the game," Sarbaugh said. "He was very impressive."
Vargas limited Mahoning Valley to one hit through four innings, giving Jamestown an opportunity to build 3-0 and 4-1 leads.
But Scrappers catcher Wyatt Toregas proved that Vargas was vulnerable in a momentum-swinging sixth inning. After working the count full and fouling off four more pitches, Toregas lined a two-run home run over the left-field wall that pulled the Scrappers to within 4-3.
Over the top
When Jamestown went to its bullpen in the seventh, the Scrappers went for the win. Finegan hit an RBI double that tied the score at 4, and Mike Butia ripped a two-run single for a 6-4 lead.
Chip Southerland, however, couldn't protect the lead in the ninth, throwing two wild pitches that, combined with Finegan's error, helped Jamestown force extra innings.
Then in the 10th, the Scrappers filled the bases for Finegan, and he delivered his slow roller that Jamestown third baseman Brian Cleveland couldn't reach in time.
Cleveland 3b5230Reyes cf5000
McMillan 2b5222Finegan ss6232
Fulton ss5111Gimenez 3b3000
Restko 1b4010Butia lf5022
Davis c5021Toregas c5112
Sewell lf4010Montgmry rf5110
Gaston rf3110Matulich dh5020
Lindesey dh5011Pacheco 1b3210
Ewen cf4000Clem 2b4110
E--Ewen, Fulton, Cleveland, Finegan, Lincoln. DP--Scrappers 1. LOB--Jamestown 13, Scrappers 11. HR--Toregas. 3B--Lindesey. 2B--McMillan, Davis, Cleveland 2, Finegan, Matulich. SB--McMillan. CS--Gaston. SH--Clem.
Tillman L, 2-11 2-321032
Lincoln W, 3-3110011
HBP--by Haynes (Cleveland). Bk--Sipp. WP--Haynes, Southerland 2. Umpires--Home, Jason Arends; Bases, Gerald Ascani. T--3:10. A--3,422.
HOW THEY SCORED
JAMESTOWN 2, MAHONING VALLEY 0
Jammers: Tony Sipp pitching. Brian Cleveland singled to left, advanced to second on a balk. Beau McMillan doubled to left center, Cleveland scored. Jon Fulton struck out. J.T. Restko struck out. Brad Davis doubled to left center, McMillan scored. Kevin Sewell struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
JAMESTOWN 3, MAHONING VALLEY 1
Jammers: Matt Haynes pitching. Cleveland doubled down the left-field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch. McMillan grounded out to short. Fulton grounded out to short. Restko singled to right center, Davis singled to center, Restko to second. Sewell grounded into a fielder's choice, Davis out at second. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left.
Scrappers: Jason Vargas pitching. Tim Montgomery struck out. Mario Matulich struck out. Fernando Pacheco walked, Chris Clem singled to right center, Pacheco scored on an error by the center fielder, Clem to second. Argenis Reyes flied out to right. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 left.
JAMESTOWN 4, MAHONING VALLEY 3
Jammers: Haynes pitching. Jared Gaston walked, Juan Lindesey tripled to right center, Gaston scored. Nick Ewen struck out. Cleveland hit by pitch. McMillan struck out. Fulton struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 left.
Scrappers: Vargas pitching. Brian Finegan singled to right, Chris Gimenez flied out to center. Mike Butia struck out. Wyatt Toregas homered over the left-field wall, Finegan scored. Montgomery singled to right center, Matulich struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 6, JAMESTOWN 4
Scrappers: Chris Mobley pitching. Pacheco singled, Clem sacrificed Pacheco to second and reached on an error by the third baseman. Reyes struck out. Finegan doubled to left, Pacheco scored, Clem to third. Gimenez struck out. Butia singled to left, Clem, Finegan scored. Toregas flied out to right. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 6, JAMESTOWN 6
Jammers: Chip Southerland pitching. Cleveland struck out. McMillan singled to center, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Fulton singled to left, McMillan scored. Restko reached on a fielder's choice, Fulton to third on an error by the shortstop. Joe Pietro in to pinch run for Restko. Davis struck out, but Fulton scored on a wild pitch, Pietro to second. Sewell walked intentionally, Gaston struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 left.
MAHONING VALLEY 7, JAMESTOWN 6
Scrappers: Derek Tillman pitching. Montgomery reached on an error by the shortstop, Matulich struck out. Pacheco walked, Montgomery to second. Clem grounded out to first, Montgomery to third, Pacheco to second. Reyes was intentionally walked to load the bases. Finegan hit an infield single to score Montgomery with the winning run. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 3 left.