Draper’s strong performance leads Scrappers over Batavia
Starting pitcher Zach Draper had one of his best outings of the season on Saturday as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat the Batavia Muckdogs 7-6 at Dwyer Stadium.
Draper allowed one run on three hits and a walk in five innings. He also struck out five.
Over his last four starts, Draper has allowed only three earned runs and 16 hits in 21 innings.
The Muckdogs scored four runs in the ninth, including Sean Reynolds’ two run homer run — his 10th of the year. Erick Algarin struck out Jerar Encarnacion to end the game.
The Scrappers (29-17) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Clark Scolamiero in the top of the first inning.
The Muckdogs (21-26) tied the game with an RBI groundout by Igor Baez in the bottom of the second.
The Scrappers took a 2-1 lead on a solo home run by Hosea Nelson in the sixth.
Mahoning Valley scored five runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run double by Nelson, to put the game out of reach.
The Muckdogs added a run with the bases loaded in the seventh, but Scrappers reliever Randy Valladares got Gerardo Nunez to ground into a double play and Brayan Hernandez to strike out to end the inning.
The Scrappers’ Tyler Freeman extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single to right field in the first.
The 19-year-old shortstop tied the New York-Penn League’s season high. Former teammate Richie Palacios owned the previous season high, but his streak came to an end after receiving a call-up to Class A Advanced Lake County in July.
The Scrappers will play the State College Spikes today. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
The Scrappers had several key players receive call-ups over the past couple days to various levels of the Indians’ organization.
Scrappers ace Luis Oviedo was sent to Lake County on Friday.
Oviedo was fourth in the NYPL with a 1.88 ERA over nine starts this season.
Oviedo will join relievers Adam Scott and Dakody Clemmer. They were sent up to the Captains on Thursday.
Catcher Gianpaul Gonzalez’s time in Niles was short lived. After being sent down from the Akron Rubberducks on July 24, he was sent to the Class A Lynchburg Hillcats on Friday.