Scrappers rally in Aiken’s debut

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Former Cleveland Indians’ first-round pick Brady Aiken allowed three earned runs on four hits with a strikeout, as Mahoning Valley rallied past Batavia 8-4 Wednesday night at Eastwood Field.

Two Scrappers errors in the first inning allowed Batavia to jump on top. Aaron Knapp started the game by reaching on a two-base fielding error. He then stole third when the throw skipped into left-field for the second error, allowing him to score for a 1-0 Muckdogs lead.

The Scrappers answered right back. In the bottom of the first inning Gabriel Mejia singled to start the inning. Todd Isaacs doubled to put two runners into scoring position. Andrew Calica’s RBI groundout scored Mejia to tie the game 1-1. Erlin Cerda and Gavin Collins would follow with RBI singles as well to put the Scrappers up 3-1.

In the top of the third inning the Muckdogs recalimed the lead on J.J. Gould’s three run home run to put Batavia back up 4-3.

Once again the Scrappers would answer right back in the bottom of the inning. Mitch Longo singled to drive in Calica to tie the game 4-4. Collins would then deliver another RBI single to put the Scrappers up 5-4.

The Scrappers would add three more runs over the final three innings, two on an Emmanuel Tapia homerun, to secure the win.

Ryan Colegate (4-2) earned the win in 4.0 innings of relief work. He allowed just one hit while walking one and striking out four. Ping-Hsueh Chen finished the game with 2.0 innings of relief. He allowed one hit and walked one while striking out two.

The Scrappers (24-27) and Muckdogs (12-40) conclude their series on Thursday night at 7:05. Aaron Civale is scheduled to start for the Scrappers.


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