Mahoning Valley fell to 2-5 at home after the 6-3 loss to Auburn.
NILES -- Four Auburn pitchers combined to hold the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to just four hits, yielding no earned runs as the Doubledays toppled the Scrappers, 6-3, in New York-Penn League action Thursday at Eastwood Field.
The Doubledays (5-5) climbed to the .500 mark while the Scrappers (4-6) fell to 2-5 at home.
"This was a tough loss for us tonight, one of those games in which we just didn't get the job done offensively," Scrapper manager Rouglas Odor said. "Our pitchers did an excellent job again tonight and gave us a chance to stay in the game.
"We left too many men on base, runners that were in scoring position. [Jordan] Brown has hit the ball consistently hard for us thus far but tonight it went right at someone late in the game with runners in scoring position."
The Doubledays got on the board first in their half of the second inning when second baseman Sean Shoffit's double scored Joey Metropoulos with the game's first run.
Scrappers led briefly
The Scrappers took the lead with two runs in their half of the third inning, both runs coming with two outs as shortstop Matt Fornasiere drew a walk and scored their first run on a Brown single after Auburn right fielder Brett Pettway let the ball skip by him in the outfield.
Brown advanced to third on the play and he scored when starting pitcher Josh Sowers threw a wild pitch, giving the Scrappers a 2-1 advantage.
In the third inning, Andy Lytle's single plated catcher Omar Casillas to make it 3-1 in favor of the Scrappers.
The Doubledays, however, cut the Mahoning Valley margin in half in the fifth frame when designated hitter Kyle Bohm led off the inning with a walk, then scored as Cory Patton grounded out to Scrapper first baseman Boodle Clark unassisted.
Homer ties contest
A Metropoulos solo home run in the sixth inning tied the game at three and when shortstop Manny Sena (who singled with one out) raced home on Ryan Peterson's ground rule double the following inning, the Doubledays took the lead for good at 4-3.
Auburn added two insurance runs in the ninth as Patton knocked in Bohm with a run-scoring single and centerfielder Ryan Patterson delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring third baseman Anthony Garibaldi for the final run of the game and a 6-3 advantage.
Dixon pitches well
Kevin Dixon started for the Scrappers, allowing two hits and an unearned run in his two innings of work. Ryan Edell went four strong innings, striking out five, allowing just two hits and two runs (one earned).
"I thought that [Ryan] Edell threw well tonight," Odor said. "He was solid, challenging the hitters and staying ahead in the count."
Shea Douglas (1-1) worked 21/3 innings, allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out two as he absorbed his first loss.
Dustin Roddy worked the final 2/3 inning.
Sowers started for the Doubledays, allowing three hits and two unearned runs in his three innings. Billy Carnline, the former Texas Tech star, picked up his first win of the season by working three innings, allowing just one hit and an unearned run while striking out six Scrapper batters.
Edward Rodriguez worked a perfect ninth inning for his first save.
Stephen Head, an Ole Miss first baseman taken by Cleveland in the second round of last month's draft, signed with the Indians on Thursday and was assigned to Mahoning Valley.
Head, the 62nd overall pick, hit .331 (90-for-272) during his junior season with 18 homers and a team-high 68 RBIs. The 21-year-old also pitched, going 7-3 with a 2.59 ERA and seven saves.
AUBURN MAHONING VALLEY
Sena ss5020Crowe cf5010
Patton lf 4010Constanza rf4020
Patterson cf3010Fornasiere ss3100
Bell c5000Brown 1b4110
Acey 3b/2b4010Clark 1b3000
Pettway rf4000Peterson 3b3000
Metrpoulos 1b 3211Clem 2b4010
Bohm dh4220Casilles c2100
Shoffit 2b2011Lyle dh4011
E--Pettway, Carnline, Fornasier, Peterson, Douglas DP--Scrappers 1. Batavia 2. LOB--Doubledays 7; Scrappers 7. 2B--Patterson, Shoffit. HR--Metropoulos. SH--Garibaldi. SF--Patterson. SB-Peterson. CS-Comntanza.
Carnline W 1-0311026
Rodriguez S 1100001
Douglas L 1-12.143202
Umpires--Home, Drew Ashcraft; Bases--Adam Harrel. T--2:38. A--3,855.