Niles, OH (WYTV)- Having not won three straight games all season, everyone was curious to see how the Mahoning Valley Scrappers would respond after their 5-3 win on Saturday night. The Scrappers made sure that there was no doubt about the fact their third win in a row as locked up when they pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 14-3 win over the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
The Scrappers struck first when they took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Greg Allen walked to start the inning and to third on Steven Patterson’s team leading 13th double of the season. An RBI ground out from Bradley Zimmer would plate Allen for the early lead.
Mahoning Valley extended their lead with another single run in the 4th inning. Francisco Mejia doubled to start the frame. Following a Josh McAdams walk with 2 outs, Yonathan Mendoza would single to score Mejia for a 2-0 lead.
A three run bottom of the 6th inning would start to pull the Scrappers away. Once again it was Mejia reaching to start the inning when he reached on a wild pitch strike out. Leo Castillo followed with a double to put runner at second and third. With 2 outs, Mendoza would deliver again with a 2 run single. Mendoza would also score on an Allen RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
The game was put out of reach in the 7th inning when the Scrappers used 8 hits to plate 9 runs for a 14-0 lead. The big hits of the inning came from Castillo, Drake Robets, Zimmer and Mejia. Castillo would drive in 2 runs on a triple. Roberts would also drive in 2 with a double. The 2 run doubles kept coming when Zimmer would also double to drive in 2. Then Mejia capped off the big offensive afternoon for Mahoning Valley when he connected on his first homerun of the season. A 2 run homer to left.
Kieran Lovegrove (2-2) was making his first start since pitching at Fenway Park last Sunday. Lovegrove turned in his second straight quality start. He went 5 innings allowing no runs on just 3 hits. Lovegrove walked 3 and struck out 1 while picking up his second win of the season. Jordan Carter would pitch the next 3 innings in relief. Carter allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits. He struck out 1 and didn’t walk a batter. Luke Eubank worked the 9th inning. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits. He struck out 1 and walked 1.
The win gives the Scrappers their first three game winning streak of the season and sets them up with the opportunity to get their first series sweep of the season. The Scrappers win combined with a double header loss by the Batavia Muckdogs, moves the Scrappers to within 5 games of the wild card lead.
The Scrappers and Ironbirds will conclude their series on Monday night at 7:05.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS