Smith lead Scrappers over Crosscutters
Connor Smith made an impact in his first game with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Smith, who was sent down from Lake County on Wednesday, hit a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning of the Scrappers’ 2-0 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
After Mitch Reeves lead off the inning with a single, Smith hit his first home run with the Scrappers over the left-field wall.
Juan Mota improved to 3-4 with six innings of one-hit baseball.
Mota allowed a single to Ben Pelletier in the first inning. It was the Crosscutters’ only hit of the night.
Luis Araujo allowed one walk and struck out two in 12/3 innings of relief and Erick Algarin earned his sixth save by striking out three in 11/3 innings.
Reeves had two hits and two walks for the Scrappers (32-20).
Colton Eastman pitched two scoreless innings to open the game for the Crosscutters (22-31), but Jack Perkins allowed Smith’s home run. Perkins allowed three hits and struck out two in two innings.
Tyler Freeman’s 21-game hitting streak came to an end after he went 0 for 3. Freeman tied Ernie Clement for the longest streak in Scrappers history.
The Scrappers will play a two-game road series with the West Virginia Black Bears this weekend before the All-Star break.
Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.