Scrappers bullpen charged with loss
With the game tied at two, Mahoning Valley manager Ted Kubiak handed the ball over to his bullpen in Tuesday’s game against Auburn.
Four innings later, the Scrappers were staring up at a 5-2 loss to the Doubledays.
Jose Zapata entered the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, replacing Scrappers starter Sean Brady. Zapata gave up a two-out RBI triple to Bryan Mejia. Brian Langlois scored from second on the play.
With David Masters batting, Zapata was called for his second balk of the inning, allowing Mejia to score.
Zapata was charged with the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits, in just an inning and two-thirds.
Brady received a no decision after going five innings.
Bradley Zimmer, the Cleveland Indians’ first-round draft pick, went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Scrappers (6-12).
Jefry Rodriguez picked up his first win of the season, allowing two runs over six innings for the Doubledays (8-9).
Robert Orlan pitched two shutout innings for the hold and Samuel Johns came on in the ninth for the save.