Mahoning Valley has lost three straight games and is 21⁄2 games out of first.
AUBURN, N.Y. — Too little, too late.
Alex Castillo’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth pulled the Scrappers within two runs, but they could get no closer as the Auburn Doubledays held on for a 6-4 victory on Sunday night in a New York-Penn League game.
Castillo finished with two hits and Justin Jenkins added three hits and an RBI for Mahoning Valley (6-7), which has dropped three straight games and now sits 21⁄2 games back of Williamsport in the Pinckney Division standings.
Starting pitcher Ryan Miller (0-2) lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up five runs (all earned) on three hits and four walks.
Manuel Rodriguez had the big blast, hitting a three-run homer in the first off Miller.
Jonathan Arencibia had two hits and scored a run to lead the Doubledays (7-6), who are 11⁄2 games back of the Crosscutters.
Adam Rogers (1-0) pitched 31⁄3 innings of relief, giving up two runs to get the victory.
Ronald Lowe pitched the final 11⁄3 innings to earn his fourth save.
Valdes cf5000Calderone cf2100
Infante 2b5120Emaus 2b2100
Castillo c5022Vasquez 2b1000
Martin 1b5010Frost lf4010
Brown rf2100Rodriguez3113Jenkins dh4031Franko dh4110
Alvarado lf4000Arencibia c4120
Arnal 3b3000Scobee rf3000
E—Stone (1), Vasquez (3). PB—Castillo. DP—Auburn 1. LOB—Scrappers 9, Auburn 6. 2B—Jenkins (2), Castillo (4), Stone (1). HR—Rodriguez (3). CS—Castillo (1), Sanchez (1).
Miller, L 0-21-335540
Rogers, W 1-03 1-322110
Lowe, S 41 1-322203
WP—Morales, Benson. HBP—by Carlin (Rodriguez), by Lowe (Thompson). Umpires—Home, Keith Rogowski. First, Harry Oschip. T—2:50. A—1,548.
HOW THEY SCORED
Doubledays 1st — Calderone walks. Emaus walks, Calderone to 2nd. Frost grounds out (6-3), Calderone to 3rd, Emaus to 2nd. Rodriguez homers to center, Calderone, Emaus scores. Franko singles to right. Arencibia singles to center, Franko to 2nd. Scobee walks, Franko to 3rd, Arencibia to 2nd. Soto walks, Franko scores, Arencibia to 3rd, Scobee to 2nd. Pitching change: Brettl replaces Miller. Sanchez sacrifice fly to center, Arencibia to 3rd. Calderone walks, Scobee to 3rd, Soto to 2nd. Emaus flies out (F-8). 5 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.
Scrappers 6th — Castillo flies out (F-8). Martin grounds out (3-1). Brown walks. Jenkins doubles to left, Brown scores. Alvarado grounds out (4-3).
Scrappers 7th — Arnal strikes out looking. Thompson singles to left. Pitching change: Wice replaces Rogers. Valdes reaches on throwing error (E-5), Thompson to 2nd. Infante grounds into fielder’s choice (5-4), Thompson scores, Valdes out at 2nd, Infante reaches on throwing error (E-4). Castillo flies out (F-8). 1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB.
Doubledays 8th — Arencibia singles to left, out at 2nd (7-4). Scobee strikes out looking. Stone doubles. Sanchez singles to center, Stone scores. With Calderone batting, Sanchez caught stealing (1-3-6). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors 0 LOB.
Scrappers 9th — Arnal strikes out swinging. Thompson hit by pitch. Valdes strikes out swinging. Infante singles to right, Thompson to 2nd. Castillo doubles to left, Thompson scores, Infante scores. Martin strikes out looking.