The Scrappers finally found some offense in an 11-3 win over the Cyclones.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES -- The players wore throwback jerseys but the Mahoning Valley Scrappers won the game the old-fashioned way -- by playing fundamentally sound baseball.
Every player in the starting lineup scored at least one run as the Scrappers beat the Brooklyn Cyclones 11-3 Tuesday at Eastwood Field.
As part of a tribute to the old Negro League, the Scrappers wore shirts and caps of the Cleveland Buckeyes while the Cyclones had the uniforms of the Brooklyn Royal Giants.
The 11 runs were the most scored by the Scrappers since July 16 -- a span of 22 games.
The Scrappers didn't commit an error, the pitching staff allowed just five walks and five players had multi-hit games.
While the batting order produced -- the Scrappers collected 12 hits and 13 walks -- it was the pitching performance of starter Ryan Edell (2-2) and especially reliever Mark Jecmen that cemented the New York-Penn League game.
Edell was given a 4-0 lead in the first inning when the Scrappers (23-25) bundled a double, four singles, a walk, two throwing errors and a steal into a comfortable lead.
Edell was touched for two home runs and was replaced after five innings, leading 11-3.
Jecmen earned his first save. He threw a no-hitter over four innings, facing just two batters over the minimum.
"It felt good to come in with a big lead like that," Jecmen said. "You don't really have to do much, just throw strikes and let them hit the ball and get themselves out."
Jecmen said the Cyclones hit the ball off him a few times but none of the hits were solid.
"Jecmen, every time he goes out he gets better and better," Scrappers manager Rouglas Odor said.
"That's what he needs, he needs to pitch. He keeps improving."
While the two pitchers were busy with an impressive performance, outfielder Trevor Mortensen erased all doubt about the final outcome in the seven-run fourth inning.
With two Scrappers on base Mortensen hit a 365-foot home run down the left-field line for an 11-3 lead.
"I've been struggling a lot lately," Mortensen said. "Today it came together and I saw the ball well."
He was told it was just his second homer of the year.
"Sometimes you close your eyes and you get lucky," he said.
Mortensen deflected any credit for the win to the pitching staff that allowed just six hits.
"They've been lights out for the last month for us," Mortensen said.
"It's nice for us to come out here and put up some runs for them because they've had nothing and we're going to start coming along."
P.J. Hiser had two doubles while Andy Lytle, Matt Fornasiere and Omar Casillas each singled twice for the Scrappers.
In the big fourth inning, a pitch came near the head of Scrapper Derrick Peterson. Both teams were warned after the managers met with the umpires.
Peterson downplayed the incident.
"It was a curve ball," Peterson said. "It probably slipped out of his hand and got away from him."
Peterson walked three times in the game but leadoff hitter Evandy De Leon drew four bases on balls.
Peterson feels the team has now broken out of its hitting slump.
"When it starts going bad, it's contagious," Peterson said. "But, as we showed tonight, when it starts going good, it can be contagious as well."
Holden cf501 0Deleon cf1210
Pacheco lf3111Constanza rf5112
Stewart dh3000Fornasiere dh3122
Evans 1b4000Hiser 1b2120
Peerson 3b4010Peterson 1b0000
Gamero rf3110Casillas c4121
Sharpe ph/rf1000Clem 3b3200
Malo 2b3122Lytle 2b4120
Butera c2000Mortensen lf5123
Santana, L. c1000Chavez ss4010
Santana, Y. ss3000
E--Butera, Rayes. DP--Brooklyn 3, Scrappers 1. LOB--Brooklyn 7, Scrappers 10. 2B--Hiser 2 3B--Constanza. HR--Pacheco, Malo, Mortensen. SF--Fornasiere. SB--Lyle..
Rayes L 3-3374431Browne E. 0.113320
Edell W 2-2563324
Jecman S 1 400050
WP--Reyes,Almenar, Edell. Umpires--Home, De'Andre Anderson; First, Brad Myers. T--2:56. A--2,932.