BATAVIA, NY (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers squandered a 3-0 lead, and left a total of 15 runners on base in a 7-4 loss to the Batavia Muckdogs Friday.
Ordomar Valdez and Joel Mejia each walked to start the game. Juan De La Cruz then singled to load the bases with no out. Francisco Mejia’s bases loaded walk brought home the first run. After a run scoring double play, Josh McAdams doubled home the third and final run of the first innings.
Offensively the Scrappers would make any noise until the 6th inning. Yonathan Mendoza walked to start the inning before coming around to score on an RBI ground out by Drake Roberts.
The Scrappers were able to put runners in scoring position in the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings without scoring a run. The 15 runners left on base is a season high for Mahoning Valley.
Kieran Lovegrove started for the Scrappers. After working a perfect first inning he ran into some trouble in the second. He allowed a leadoff single before walking and hitting Scott Carcaise and Miles Williams back to back. Luis Sanz then bounced into a run scoring double play. Lovegrove would not get out of the 3rd inning. He struck out the first 2 batters of the inning but couldn’t get the final out. Lovegrove ended up going 2.2 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both earned, on 4 hits. He walked 2, struck out 2 and hit 1.
Jordan Carter followed Lovegrove in relief and was able to end the 3rd inning on a strikeout. Carter then got in trouble himself in the 4th. With 2 outs he surrendered a run scoring triple to Aaron Blanton to tie the score. An error from Carter then allowed the go ahead run to score for a lead that Batavia never gave up. Carter (0-1) took the loss allowing 6 hits and 5 runs, 3 earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out 4.
David Speer then worked 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits while striking out 4. Jimmy Stokes worked a perfect 8th inning.
Mahoning Valley drops to 3-5 on the seaso. The series concludes Saturday night at 7:05.
COURTESY: MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS