House hurls 5 in Scrappers win

T.J. House pitching for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Niles, Ohio (WKBN) – T.J. House threw 5 scoreless innings Wednesday night that paved the way for the Scrappers in a 4-0 win against Connecticut. House was optioned to Mahoning Valley over the weekend so he could get extra work in during the MLB all-star break.

The Indians lefty was perfect through 3 innings with 3 strikeouts. The Tigers were finally able to put a man aboard in the 4th when Brett Pirtle singled off of House. In fact, Connecticut put two runners on in the 4th, but House was able to get a double-play ball to end the inning. He went 5 innings, gave up two hits, and struckout 4.

The Scrappers offense had their own issues in the early stages of the game. Despite having runners on-base, Mahoning Valley was unable to provide a clutch hit with a runner in scoring position until the 6th. With two men on, 1st-round pick Bradley Zimmer singled to center that scored Greg Allen. Francisco Mejia’s sac fly to center would score Steven Patterson to give the Scrappers a 2–0 lead.

That was all the Scrappers bullpen needed, picking up right where House left off. Luis DeJesus relieved House in the 6th, pitched two innings, allowed only one hit, had a strikeout, and got the win.

The two teams are back in action Thursday at Eastwood Field.

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