By Dan Hiner
Anything that could go wrong went wrong in the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ 12-4 loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones Thursday at Eastwood Field.
The game was called with one out in the bottom of the ninth after a 30-minute rain delay.
The Scrappers had their five-game win streak snapped. It tied the longest winning streak of the season. The Scrappers started the season 5-0.
The win was the Cyclones’ first victory in Ohio since 2015.
The Scrappers scattered seven hits while committing four errors.
The Scrappers allowed two home runs which landed in unlikely spots.
Ross Adolph hit a one-out solo home run to give the Cyclones a 1-0 lead. Adolph’s 402-foot homer hit the flag pole in right field and bounced back into the outfield.
In the eighth, Chase Chambers ended the scoring when he hit a fastball out of the ballpark. He drove the pitch over the Scrappers bullpen in right field for a two-run homer which landed near the trees outside the stadium.
“They had some good swings tonight,” Scrappers manager Jim Pankovits said. “We haven’t had very many of these games. I can’t recall the last time we had one.”
Adolph led the Cyclones, going 4 for 5 with three RBIs and thee runs scored. He finished a double short of the cycle.
Chambers was 2 for 5 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
The Cyclones scored two runs in the third, four runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth.
Scrappers ace Luis Oviedo allowed four runs — six earned — on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five in over three innings pitched.
Tyler Freeman hit a two-out double down the left-field line in the bottom of the fifth. He scored on a wild pitch two batters later.
Hosea Nelson had a chance to cut into the lead, but struck out with Mitch Reeves at third to end the inning.
Brooklyn catcher Nick Meyer appeared to drop the ball, but the umpire said Nelson interfered with the catch.
“It was back-swing interference. It’s what they called,” Pankovits said. “It was a foul tip, [the umpire] said he caught the ball and the hitter’s back swing interfered.”
The Scrappers scored three runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Angel Lopez and Freeman and a groundout by Mitch Reeves.
Brooklyn starter Josh Wilson earned his a win in his first professional start.
Wilson pitched 32⁄3 innings of scoreless ball. He struck out five while allowing two hits and four walks.
Weather or not
After the first game of the series was called in the sixth due to rain, bad weather remade an appearance on Thursday.
Thunder and lightning surrounded the stadium beginning at the start of the fourth, but the game wasn’t delayed until the bottom of the ninth.
The delay lasted just 10 minutes, but that wasn’t the end of it.
The ground crews pulled the tarp but put the tarp back on the field prior to rolling it up and putting it away. The game was eventually called at 10:55 p.m.
“I’m tired of talking about the weather,” Pankovits said. “I’m tired of it.”