How quickly things can change. A game that the Scrappers seemed to have control of through the first 8 innings ends with a walk off base hit and error for the Williamsport Crosscutters and a 4-3 defeat for the Scrappers.
The Scrappers took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd inning. With 2 outs Nellie Rodriguez singled to drive home Claudio Bautista. Josh McAdams followed Rodriguez with an RBI single of his own to score Nellie from second after he advanced on a throwing error. A Juan Romero homerun to left field in the 4th pushed the lead out to 3-0.
Matt Whitehouse started on the mound for Mahoning Valley and worked 3 scoreless innings. He allowed 3 hits while walking none. Kerry Doane followed and worked 3 innings as well. He allowed 1 earned run on 4 hits. He also did not walk a batter while striking out 3. Kyle Crockett, the Indians 4th round selection this year, made his debut with a perfect inning of work in the 7th. Briely Puerta followed with a perfect inning of his own.
Manuel Carmona (1-2) tried to close out the game in the 9th with the Scrappers leading 3-1. A leadoff single was followed by back to back walks to load the bases with no outs. Carmona was able to strike out Justin Parr for the first out. But then Gustavo Martinez lifted a fly ball to right field that fell in front of Juan Romero who then over ran the ball for an error, allowing the tying and winning runs to score to end the game.
The Scrappers will now head to Jamestown for a 3 game series starting Monday night. They will return home on July 4th. Call the Scrappers box office at 330-505-0000 to get your tickets.
Courtesy: Mahoning Valley Scrappers Media Relations