It’s never a good sign when a baseball team’s errors equal or surpass the sum of its runs and hits.
A team rarely will overcome that sort of equation and Monday night was no exception for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
The Williamsport Crosscutters broke a tie with two runs off reliever Breily Puerta in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Scrappers made five errors and collected just three hits in a 4-2 loss in New York-Penn League play.
The Scrappers (23-34) had just three hits off three Williamsport pitchers and committed five errors.
The Crosscutters broke the tie against Puerta with a hit batsman, two singles and two errors error.
The Scrappers took a 1-0 lead in the second on Paul Hendrix’s RBI double.
CROSSCUTTERS 4, SCRAPPERS 2
Mejia cf3100Parr dh4120
Bautsta 2b4011Pullin 2b4011
Roberts 3b4000Knapp c4010
Rdrguez 1b1100Green 3b3100
Garcia ss4000Cozens rf2111
Hendrix dh3011Hiciano lf3000
McAdms lf4000Martinez cf4121
Cervenka c4000Pierce 1b4000
Ruiz rf2010Cardozo ss4011
E—Bautista (7, fielding), Garcia (11, missed catch), Mathews (2, throw), Cervenka (3, throw), Mejia (3, fielding), Knapp (3, throw), Pulling 2 (5, throw, fielding), Dove (3, missed catch). PB—Knapp 2 (4). DP—Crosscutters 2. LOB—Scrappers 6, Crosscutters 8. 2B—Hendrix (7), Ruiz (2). 3B—Bautista (3), Knapp (14), Pullin (10). SB—Martinez (16), Cozens (10).
Pierta L, 2-4132201
Santos W, 2-1200001
HBP—Cozens (by Mathews).
Umpires: Home, Kyle Wallace; Bases, John Mang. T—2:27. A—1,092.