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Jammers' homers send Scrappers to first defeat



Published: Thu, June 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NILES -- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers couldn't carry the momentum from Tuesday's opening night win over Jamestown past the first inning of Wednesday's contest with the Jammmers.

The Scrappers erupted for five runs off Jamestown starter Jim Brauer in the first inning to open a 5-2 lead before falling 7-5 in the second game of the three-game series with the Jammers at Eastwood Field.

Jamestown hitters blasted four home runs and six extra base hits off four Mahoning Valley pitchers to overcome the early deficit.

"They outhit us tonight," said Scrappers' manager Rouglas Odor. "Our pitchers put the ball up in the strike zone and [Jamestown] hitters were able to take advantage of that."

Lewis had good outing

The Scrappers did get a good starting effort on the mound from former Ohio State left-hander Scott Lewis who was coming off an injury last year.

Lewis gave up two runs in the first inning despite striking out three Jamestown batters.

The third strikeout of the inning occured on a wild pitch that allowed Jamestown's Jeff Van Houten to reach first base. Gaby Sanchez then followed with a two-run homer to give the Jammers a brief lead.

Lewis went on to strike out six batters in three innings and left the game with Mahoning Valley leading 5-2.

"Lewis was outstanding," Odor said. "Scotty was sharp and he was able to spot the fastball and showed me a lot tonight.

"If he stays healthy, he's going to have a great career."

Lewis got a lot of help from his teammates in the first inning.

With two outs, Matt Fornasiere singled and Boodle Clark reached base on an error. Designated hitter Jordan Brown singled in one run and Cirilo Cumberbatch reached base on a wild pitch following a strikeout.

With the bases loaded, Brauer balked in the tying run and Derrick Peterson hit a triple to drive in two more runs. Peterson scored the fifth run of the inning when Jamestown's third baseman booted the ball off the bat of Chris Clem.

"It was great to see us come back like that in the first inning," Odor said. "Any time you can come back like that and like [Tuesday] night it's the sign of a good ball club because you know they won't give up."

Shut down after first

After the first inning, Mahoning Valley's batters didn't have much luck against the Jamestown bullpen.

Five Jammers' pitchers shut out the Scrappers while the offense put Jamestown in position to win.

The Jammers got a solo home run by Van Houten in the sixth and another solo shot by Mario Cabral to lead off the seventh.

Jamestown tied the score later in the inning when Tanner Rogers blasted a triple and scored on a wild pitch.

The Jammers got the deciding runs off Mahoning Valley pitcher Dustin Roddy in the eighth when Mark Aranda hit a two-run homer.

Picked up victory

Mike Bille got the win on the mound for Jamestown and Juan Camilo picked up the save.

The Cleveland Indians' first round draft pick in 2005, Trevor Crowe, made his debut in the Scrappers lineup batting leadoff and playing in center field.

Despite going 0-for-3 with a walk, the University of Arizona outfielder said that he was excited to start his professional career in the Mahoning Valley.

"I won't let a bad start bother me," Crowe said. "This is a great experience but it's only one game in a 74-game season."

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E--Sanchez, Cabral, Fornasiere, Casilla. DP--Jamestown 1. LOB--Jamestown 7, Scrappers 4. 2B--Van Houten. 3B--Rogers, Peterson. HR--Van Houten, Sanchez, Aranda, Cabral. CS--Van Houten, Crowe.

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WP--Brauer, Lewis, Douglas. HBP--by Easton (Clark), by Roddy (Guerrero), by Roddy (Van Houten). Balk--Brauer. Umpires--Home, De'Andre Anderson; First, Brad Myers. T--2:29. A--4,406.




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