Whitenack, Heller help Scrappers win
Rob Whitenack and Ben Heller made an early 4-0 lead stand up and Mahoning Valley won its fifth straight series with a 6-3 victory over Connecticut.
The win also guarantees a winning road trip, the second such trip in a row for the Scrappers (19-25).
Whitenack (3-4) threw six strong innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Heller notched his second save with three shutout innings including four strikeouts.
Juan Romero blasted his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second, to get the Mahoning Valley offense going. Nellie Rodriguez drove in a run in the third and a double-play grounder plated another to make it 4-0.
After Connecticut (19-26) closed to within one, the Scrappers answered by scoring on a throwing error in the seventh. Doubles by Josh McAdams and Sicnarf Loopstok scored the final run in the eighth.
McAdams extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
SCRAPPERS 6, TIGERS 3
Mejia rf5000Powell ss4122
Bautsta 2b3210Schotts cf4000
Roberts 3b5120Ficociello 2b4000
Rdrguez 1b5011Verlander rf4110
Hendrix ss3110Coffman dh4020
McAdms lf4110Leyland 1b3000
Romero dh3112Taladay c4010
Loopstok c4021Harrison 3b3000
Ferrell cf4010Gibson lf3100
E—Hendrix, Harrison, Taladay, LaMarche. DP—Connecticut 1. LOB—Scrappers 8, Connecticut 4. 2B—Bautista, McAdams, Loopstok. HR—Romero (4), Powell (1). SB—Romero, Bautista.
Whitenack W, 3-4643205
Heller S, 2320004
Phillips L, 2-151/374444
WP—Whitehouse, Heller. BK—Phillips. HBP—Leyland (by Heller). Umpires: Home, Dave Attridge; Bases, Nate Caldwell. T—2:51 (13-minute delay). A—1,580.