The Connecticut Tigers’ two-out rally in the third inning gave them just enough runs to defeat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 2-1, on Sunday in New York-Penn League action.
The inning started well for the Scrappers (20-26) when Javier Azcona grounded out and Tyler Gibson walked, then was picked off by Dace Kime.
But Curt Powell ignited the Tigers’ (20-27) rally with a double. After stealing third base, Powell came home on Austin Schotts’ single.
After Schotts stole second base, Dominic Ficociello doubled to score Schotts for a 2-0 lead.
Five Tigers pitchers limited the Scrappers to four hits and one run.
James Roberts led off the Scrappers’ seventh inning with a home run to left field.
Kime (0-2) took the loss, giving up three hits in the four innings he pitched.
Tigers reliever Logal Ehlers came on in the seventh inning and pitched one-and-a-third innings to earn the victory. Zac Reininger retired the side in the ninth inning to record the save.
The Scrappers are off today and will open a six-game homestand on Tuesday at Eastwood Field against Lowell.
TIGERS 2, SCRAPPERS 1
Mejia cf4020Powell ss4110
Bautsta 2b4010Schotts cf4111
Roberts 3b4111Ficociello 2b4021
Rdrguez 1b4000Verlander rf4000
Garcia ss3000Coffman dh0000
McAdms lf3000McAlpine c2000
Battaglia dh3000Leyland 1b3010
Cervenka c c2000Azcona 3b2000
Ferrell pr0000Harrison 3b2000
Loopstok c0000Gibson lf2000
E—Azcona (15, throw). PB—Cervenka (7). DP—Scrappers 2, Connecticut 1. LOB—Scrappers 8, Connecticut 4. 2B—Powell (4), Ficocoello (8). HR—Roberts 1). PO—Meija (by Pritcher), Gibson (by Kime). SB—Powell (7), Schotts (11). CS—McAlpine (2).
Kime L, 0-2432243
Ehlers W, 2-01.100005
Sitz H, 40.100000
Reininger S, 6100002
WP—Kime 3. HBP—Coffman (by Whitehouse). Umpires: Home, Nate Caldwell; Bases, Dave Attridge. T—2:02. A—1,707.