Black Bears snap Scrappers winning streak


Staff report

Granville, W.Va.

After a strong outing in his first appearance, starter Yefferson Yannuzzi was knocked around in a the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ 9-3 loss to West Virginia on Saturday.

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Scrappers.

Yannuzzi allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks in 41/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed a solo home run to Connor Kaiser in the bottom of the second inning.

The Scrappers (32-21) grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Mitch Reeves in the first inning.

The Scrappers’ other runs were driven in by Connor Smith with a line out in the sixth and an RBI single in the eighth.

West Virginia broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning and put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the sixth.

Mike Gretler went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead the Black Bears. Daniel Amaral and Travis Swaggerty also drove in two runs each.

Zach Spears shut down the Scrappers in his five innings of work.

Spears, a former Miami (Ohio) pitcher, allowed one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six.

The Black Bears’ pitchers held the Scrappers to four hits.

Mahoning Valley and West Virginia will play the final game of a two-game series at 4:05 p.m. today.

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