Jamestown, NY (WKBN) -The Mahoning Valley Scrappers kicked off their 2014 campaign in style Friday night. Their offense was on display from the start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on their way to a 10-9 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.
The Scrappers opened the scoring in the first inning when Joel Mejia scored on Francisco Mejia’s RBI single with 2 outs. Three batters later Yonathan Mendoza singled to drive home Mejia with the second run of the inning. Mahoning Valley would take on two more runs on a bases loaded walk to Jorge Martinez and an RBI single from Ordomar Valdez to cap off a 4 run first inning.
The offense kept adding runs in the second and third innings, eventually pushing the Scrappers lead out to 7-1. The Scrappers were able to hit around the order in the first inning and then scored at least 1 run in each of the first 6 innings. The big blows coming from Francisco Mejia who piled up 3 RBI on 2 singles and a double.
On the mound it was Sean Brady, the 2013 5th round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians, getting the start. Brady used his breaking ball effectively through the first four innings while allowing 5 runs on 8 hits. Luis Gomez followed Brady in the bottom of the 5th inning. Gomez struck out 6 over three innings while allowing 3 runs on 3 hits. James Stokes closed out the win by working a two inning save. Stokes finished the game allowing 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 2 to record his first save of the season. Scrappers’ pitchers combined to walk only 1 batter while striking out 11.
The Scrappers and Jammers will continue their series on Saturday night at 7:05 when Juan Santana takes the mound for Mahoning Valley. The Scrappers return home on Tuesday, June 17th for the home opener at Eastwood Field.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS