NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Looking for back-to-back series wins, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (9-17) came up short in a 6-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays (11-14) in seven innings at Eastwood Field.
The game was called due to expected storms and rain in the top of the eighth.
The Doubledays jumped out early, thanks to a two-run home run for Rhett Wiseman. Mahoning Valley responded in the bottom of the first on an RBI single for Li-Jen Chu.
In the bottom of the third, Jodd Carter reached on an error by Melvin Rodriguez. Willi Castro scored to tie the game at two. In the bottom of the fourth, the Scrappers took a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly from Silento Sayles to score Emmanuel Tapia.
Auburn added a run in the fifth on an RBI single for Andrew Stevenson. Stevenson left the game with an apparent ankle or leg injury. Max Schrock pinch ran.
In the top of the seventh, Auburn added three to take a 6-3 lead. Jordan Carter came in relief of Jared Robinson. Carter was recently assigned to Mahoning Valley from Lake County.
Edwin Lora started things with a ground out followed by Rafael Bautista grounding out as well. With two outs, Dalton Dulin was hit by a pitch. Dulin swiped second base with Schrock at the plate. Schrock singled to second to score Dulin. Schrock later scored on an RBI single by Wiseman. Ian Sagdal doubled to left to score Wiseman, making it 6-3 Auburn.
Jared Robinson left the game in a 3-3 tie, therefore did not receive a decision. He went a season-high six innings giving up six hits, three runs, walking two, and striking out five. Carter (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs in one inning. Adam Boghosian (1-0) earned the win for Auburn going two innings, giving up just one hit.
The Doubledays took the series 2 games to 1. Mahoning Valley hits the road for a quick three-game set in Williamsport against the Crosscutters. First pitch on Saturday is set for 7:05. Kieran Lovegrove gets the ball for the Scrappers.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS