The Spinners’ six-run fourth inning triggered a 10-2
By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NILES — Every team in just about every league has one of those nights and Monday night was it for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
This was a game that you’d just like to forget.
The Scrappers gave up six runs in the fourth inning and went on to suffer a 10-2 setback to the Lowell Spinners in the series finale before 2,856 fans at Eastwood Field.
Mahoning Valley (10-11) was outhit 15-7 by the Spinners, who lost two of the three games in the series but improved to 13-7 in the New York-Penn League.
“Yes, that’s one you just like to forget about,” Scrappers manager Tim Laker said.
“We kind of dug ourselves an early hole and then were never able to put anything together the rest of the way.”
“We were looking a little tired out there, we’ve played a lot of games in a row and we are kind of looking for a day off tomorrow,” he said.
“That is if you consider spending 12 hours in a bus a day off, but at least we don’t have to play.”
Martin has three hits
The lone bright spot for the Scrappers was first baseman Todd Martin, who had a perfect 3-for-3 night at the plate with a walk, including a pair of doubles and scored one of the team’s two runs.
“I’m really seeing the ball well right now and I just hope it continues,” Martin said.
“Every team has a game or two like this one during the season, but you just have to bounce back and get it going again.”
Mahoning Valley actually led in the contest 1-0, scoring in the second inning. Martin led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Matt Brown and scored when Justin Jenkins reached on an error.
The Spinners, who committed three errors, tied the score in the third on a RBI double by Rafael Cabreja.
They broke it open in the fourth when they sent 11 batters to the plate and cracked five hits including a two-run home run by Cabreja and a solo shot by Jorge Jimenez off the right-field foul pole.
Lowell scored its eighth run in the sixth without getting a hit as the Scrappers made their only error of the contest, allowing the run to score.
In the ninth, Lowell’s Pedro Vasquez led off with a solo home run to left-center field and the Spinners added another run on a two-out double by Brett Lewis.
Mahoning Valley, which was kept in check most of the game by four Lowell pitchers, scored their final run in the bottom of the ninth.
Former Cardinal Mooney standout Jeff Hehr opened the inning with a double to right and went to third on a wild pitch.
The Scrappers loaded the bases on two walks by reliever Eric Beattie, who then walked in a run before retiring the side.
Mahoning Valley used six pitchers in the contest with starter Jonathon Holt suffering the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits in 31⁄3 innings.
The Scrappers have a day off today before opening a three-game series Wednesday against the Vermont Lake Monsters in Burlington, Vt., at 7:05 p.m.
The Scrappers return home on July 17.
Cabreja cf5123Valdes cf4001
Lewis dh6131Thompson ss5000
Jiminez 3b6111Infante 3b5010
Frnndz-Oliva lf4010Martin 1b3131
Jones 1b4100Brown rf3000
Navarro ss4110Hehr 2b4110
Vasquez ss1111Jenkins lf4000
Weeden c5121Alvarado dh4010
Segovia 2b5120Valadez c3010
E—Segovia (3), Fernandez-Oliva (3), Jones (2), Brown (1). DP—Lowell 1. LOB—Lowell 11, Scrappers 10. 2B—Fernandez-Oliva (8), Cabreja (1), Weeden (5), Martin 2 (5), Lewis (2), Hehr (2). HR—Cabreja (1), Jimenez (2), Vasquez (1); SB—Marks (2). S—Brown.
James W, 2-0531005
Holt L, 0-13 1-386613
WP—Holt 2, Blackley, Beattie. PB—Valadez, Weeden. Umpires—Home, Matt Neuhold; Bases, Shea Gibson. T—2:55. A—2,856.
HOW THEY SCORED
Scrappers 2nd — Martin singles up middle; Brown sacrifice bunt, Martin to second; With Hehr batting, Martin to third on error buy Segovia; Hehr strikes out swinging; Jenkins reaches on an error by Fernandez-Oliva in left, Martin scoring, Jenkins to second; Alvarado strikes out looking. 1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB.
Spinners 3rd — Marks singles to center; Cabreja doubles, ground rule, to center, Marks scores; Lewis strikes out looking; Jimenez grounds out (6-3), Cabreja to third; Fernandez-Oliva strikes out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Spinners 4th — Jones walked; Navarro singled to left, Jones to second; Weeden doubled to left, Jones scoring, Navaro to third; Segovia strikes out swinging; Marks singles to right, Navarro scoring, Weeden to third; With Cabreja batting, Marks steals second, while Holt throws a wild pitch, Weeden scoring. Cabrja homers to right-center, Marks scoring; Pitching change: Lewis pops out (P1), Jimenez homers off the foul pole in right field; Fernandez-Oliva walks; Jones strikes out swinging. 6-runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Spinners 6th — Cabreja walked. Lewis reached on fielders choice, Cabreja out (5-4); Jimenz flies out (f-9); Fernandez-Oliva reached on error by Brown in right, Cabreja scoring, Fernandez-Oliva to second; Jones grounds out (4-3). 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.
Spinners 9th — Vasquez homers to left-center; Weeden singles to right; Segovis reaches on fielders choice, Weeden out at second (5-4); Segovis to second on passed ball; Marks walks; Cabreja strikes out swinging; Lewis doubles to left, Segovia scoring, Marks to third; Jimenez flies out (F-7). 2-runs, 3-hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Scrappers 9th — Hehr doubles to right-center, Hehr to second on wild pitch; Jenkins reaches when catcher drops third strike, Alvardo strikes out swinging, Valadez walks, Jenkins to second; Valdes walks, Hehr scoring, Jenkins to third, Valdes to second; Thompson pops out (P-3); Infante strikes out looking.
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.