Offense comes to life in Scrappers win

Niles, OH (WYTV)-  Just one night after playing the longest game in franchise and Eastwood Field history at 4 hours and 48 minutes, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers showed no signs of being tired. They pounded out 11 hits, 3 from Leo Castillo, on the way to a 9-2 win over the Connecticut Tigers. The win marks the first back to back series wins for Mahoning Valley this year.

The Scrappers wasted little time taking a lead. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Steven Patterson singled with 1 out. He was moved to second on a ground out from Bradley Zimmer. Then a 2 out double from Francisco Mejia would score Patterson to give the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.

Mahoning Valley would pull away in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Scrappers used 4 hits, 2 walks, and a Tigers’ error to plate 6 runs for a 7-0 lead. The big blow of the inning came from Castillo, a 3 run double.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Scrappers would add 2 more insurance runs. Zimmer started the inning reaching after being hit by a pitch. With 1 out, Castillo connected on a triple over the head of Tigers centerfielder Rashad Brown. Castillo would then score on an RBI groundout from Martin Cervenka. Castillo finished the night just a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle.

The Tigers would avoid the shutout with a 2 run 8th inning. A leadoff walk was followed by 2 singles and another walk to score Will Maddox for the first run for Connecticut. A sac fly from Joey Pankake would score Brown for the final run for Connecticut.

Sean Brady (2-1) turned in another outstanding starting performance for the Scrappers. Brady went 6 innings allowing just 3 hits. He did not allow a run while walking 2 and striking out 5 to pick up his 2nd win of the season. Jose Zapata would pitch the final 3 innings to pick up the 3 inning save. It is his first save of the year. Zapata went 3 innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Zapata walked 2 and did not record a strike out.

The 9-2 win gave the Scrappers the series win over the Tigers and marks just the first time this season that they have won back to back series. It was also the first series win at home for Mahoning Valley who improved their record to 12-22.

The Scrappers will now welcome the Aberdeen Ironbirds to Eastwood Field for a three game series starting on Saturday night at 7:05. If you can’t be at Eastwood Field or on the road, catch all the Scrappers games this season with Tim Pozsgai on Sports Radio 1240 AM.

Courtesy: Mahoning Valley Scrappers

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