Scrappers drop fourth in a row
By DAN HINER
It was Superhero Night for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ game against the Hudson Valley Renegades at Eastwood Field. But there were no heroics by the Scrappers in their 1-0 loss on Saturday night.
The Scrappers lost their fourth in a row and continued to struggle at the plate, going 3 for 26 against the top team in the New York-Penn League.
Luis Oviedo’s streak of 29 innings without allowing an earned run was snapped when Jake Stone singled to right field in the second inning.
Ronny Dominguez’s throw from right field beat Erik Ostberg, but he slid under the tag of catcher Jason Rodriguez.
Oviedo (3-1) settled down afterward, allowing two hits and two walks over the next four innings. The 19-year-old starter struck out three in six innings of work. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks.
Scrappers manager Jim Pankovits said the game didn’t get too big for Oviedo after the Renegades took the lead. He kept his composure and provided a quality start.
“He’s just a manager’s dream,” Pankovits said. “He comes ready to pitch every time he takes the mound and gives us a quality start and gives us a chance to win.”
Oviedo hadn’t allowed an earned run since the Scrappers’ second game of the season against West Virginia on June 16. It was only his fourth run allowed in six starts.
Mahoning Valley has been held to four hits or fewer in three of its last four games.
The Scrappers (16-11) stranded three runners in scoring position, but none advanced past second base.
Hosea Nelson, Mitch Reeves and Richie Palacios had the only hits for the Scrappers, who were held hitless for the final five innings.
“Kinda had an idea that would happen after the road trip from hell that we just came from,” Pankovits said. “We didn’t get in until 6:30 [a.m.] — not making an excuse — but we probably just had our toughest travel day last night.
“Chances were we going to come out a little flat, and we did.”
Hudson Valley starter Blake Pflughaupt allowed three hits and three walks. Pflughaupt (2-1) struck out one in six innings. Tanner Dodson pitched three innings of no-hit ball to record his first save.
Mahoning Valley’s pitchers did their part. The Renegades (18-10) only had six hits and two walks.
Relief pitchers Dakody Clemmer and Manuel Alvarez combined to throw three shutout innings. Alvarez allowed the only hit between the two, a two-out single by Allen Smoot in the ninth.
Base running blunders
The Scrappers were doubled off twice after the Renegades took a the lead.
Mahoning Valley had runners at first and second with one out in the second. But Clark Scolamiero lined out to Hudson Valley shortstop Tyler Frank and Nelson was caught too far off first to end the inning.
Tre Gantt led off the sixth with a walk, but was also thrown out at first after Freeman lined out to right field.