NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – A second inning that featured three errors and a catcher’s interference call was too much for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to overcome on Thursday night in a 5-2 loss to the Auburn Doubledays at Eastwood Field. Auburn scored three runs in that second inning.
After a quick 1-2-3 inning to start the game, Scrappers starter Luis Jimenez would run into trouble in the second. Back to back singles by Ryan Ripken and Daniel Johnson would put two runners on base. David Kerian would reach to the load the bases on a catcher’s interference call against Gian Paul Gonzalez. The catcher’s interference was an error charged to Gonzalez. A wild pitch would score Ripken from third. On the throw to Jimenez covering the plate, Ripken would run into Jimenez causing the ball to sail past him for another error charged to Gonzalez that allowed Johnson to score from second. A Luis Vilorio RBI single would push the Auburn lead out to 3-0.
Auburn would add to the lead in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Clayton Brandt lined a single to centerfield to score two runs.
The Scrappers would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning. Grofi Cruz singled to start the inning. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt would move him to second. Todd Isaacs would then hit a ground rule double, his second of the game. That drove in Cruz to cut the deficit to 5-1.
In the ninth inning the Scrappers added one more run, and got the potential tying run to the plate. Michael Tinsley, Gonzalez and Cruz all walked to start the inning. A wild pitch would bring Tinsley in from third and bring the tying run to the plate. However, a lineout and a fly out would strand two runners on base to end the game.
Jimenez (0-2) took the loss in 3.1 innings of work. He allowed four hits and five runs, four earned. He walked three and struck out three. Devon Stewart would follow with 3.2 innings of relief. He allowed just one hit and walked one. Argenis Angulo finished out the game with two scoreless innings of relief. He walked one and struck out three.
The Scrappers (3-11) now head to State College, PA for a three game series with the State College Spikes. Friday night’s game is a 7:05pm start with Aaron Civale (0-0) on the mound. The Scrappers will return home for the Fourth of July with a special Independence Day fireworks show to follow the game.