By Steve Ruman
Eastwood Field was transformed into a giant doghouse Saturday evening.
Throughout the stands, pooches of every size and breed roamed freely as the Scrappers hosted Bark At The Park — a promotion which allowed fans to bring their canines to the stadium.
On the field, the Scrappers whimpered like little lost puppies as they fell to Williamsport 6-2 in front of 3,307 humans, and approximately 40 of their furry friends.
Doggone it! The setback dropped the Scrappers to 7-13. They have lost four straight, and six of their last seven.
In the three-game series against the Crosscutters, the Scrappers committed nine errors. Overall, the series looked like it was played by pound puppies and not purebreds. The three games produced 13 errors, nine wild pitches, three passed balls, three hit batsmen, and 53 strikeouts.
The Crosscutters scored their first two runs in a second inning which saw Scrappers manager Ted Kubiak get tossed from the game. Kubiak became rabid after both the home plate and base umpires signaled that a Williamsport batter checked his swing in time on a called ball.
Kubiak briefly barked about the call, and was told to fetch the showers.
“I didn’t swear, I just told the home plate umpire how bad he was in no uncertain terms,” Kubiak said. “We had two new umpires out there who are novices. They rule entirely by the book, which is fine. But you also have to have a feel for the game.
“I’m just trying to teach them the game. I want them to umpire the right way.”
The Crosscutters’ first two runs came on an RBI double by Samuel Hiciano and a single by Jiandido Tromp.
The ’Cutters scored their third run in the third on a Logan Pierce single, then broke things open in the eighth when Tromp plated a pair of runs with a two-out base hit.
The Scrappers scored their only runs in the sixth inning off Williamsport starter Mitch Gueller. Cody Ferrell grounded out with a runner on third to produce the first run. Claudio Bautista later scored on a base hit by Nellie Rodriguez.
After hitting his first home run of the season on Friday, Rodriguez followed up with a four-for-four night, collecting four singles and driving in a run.
“Nellie is totally absorbing everything we’re teaching him, both offensively and defensively,” Kubiak said. “Sometimes it is very difficult for a young kid to put into play everything that is being told to him. But he just keeps getting better every day.
“(Rodriguez) is definitely a bright young prospect. And he’s showing that his best is yet to come.”
Gueller (3-0) picked up the win, working six innings while scattering seven hits. He walked just one, and recorded a pair of strikeouts.
Scrappers starter Kenny Mathews (0-1) suffered the loss. Mathews worked just two innings in what was his first start of the year.
Scrappers pitchers recorded 12 strikeouts in the game. In Friday’s loss to the Crosscutters, Scrappers pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts.
The Scrappers return to action this afternoon when they begin a three-game series at State College.
CROSSCUTTERS 6, SCRAPPERS 2
Martinz dh5010Ferrell cf4001
Cardozo 2b5110Bautista dh3110
Cozens rf3000Herrera 3b4000
Parr rf2000Rdriguez 1b4041
Green 3b4100Roberts ss3010
Lino c4021Hendrix 2b4010
Pierce 1b4231McAdams lf4010
Hiciano lf5221Boscan c4000
Canelo ss3000Romero rf4110
E—Roberts, Boscan, Hendrix. DP—Williamsport 1, Scrappers 1. LOB—Williamsport 10, Scrappers 7. 2B—Hiciano, Tromp. 3B—Romero. SB—Lino.
Gueller W, 3-0672213
Santos S, 211/300001
Mathews L, 0-1242213
WP—Mathews, Sulser. Umpires: Home, Erich Bacchus; Bases, George Reidel. T—2:44 (0:18 delay). A—3,307.