The Mahoning Valley Scrappers held the Auburn Doubledays hitless through the first six innings en route to a 4-2 victory in a New York-Penn League game on Thursday night.
Kieran Lovegrove got his first win for the Scrappers, tossing five scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
The Scrappers scored their first run on an RBI groundout by first baseman Leo Castillo in the second inning. They then added three runs in the seventh. Second baseman Steven Patterson and center fielder Bradley Zimmer scored off of an error by Auburn’s third baseman Cody Gunter. Francisco Mejia scored later in the inning on a balk by Auburn’s Deion Williams.
The Doubledays put up two runs in the bottom of the inning but Mahoning Valley’s Jordan Carter pitched two innings of scoreless ball to earn his first save of the season.
David Speer and Dominic DeMasi contributed holds for the pitching staff in the victory.
Offensively, Mejia collected a triple and Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.
The Scrappers will return home today as they will take on the Batavia Muckdogs at 7:05 p.m.