STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have now won three straight games following a 7-4 victory at State College Thursday night.
Mahoning Valley plated five runs in the seventh inning to seal the deal.
The Scrappers took the early lead in the top of the third inning. With one out Gabriel Mejia reached on a throwing error. He would then come around to score when Silento Sayles followed with an RBI triple to center. Sayles would also come in to score on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead.
Scrappers’ starter Triston McKenzie tossed four shutout innings in the win. He left the bases loaded the first and fourth innings and stranded two runners on base in both the second and third innings. McKenzie stranded a total of 10 runners on base to drop his New York Penn League leading ERA to 0.28.
In the top of the seventh inning the Scrappers took control for good with the five-run frame. Erlin Cerda would drive in the first run of the inning with an RBI fielder’s choice. Yonathan Mendoza, assigned to Mahoning Valley before the game from Lake County, cleared the bases with a three-run triple. Nate Winfrey capped the scoring with an RBI single to push the Scrappers lead out to 7-0.
State College rallied with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings before getting two runs in the ninth inning. The Spikes would get the tying run to the plate, but Devon Stewart would get a fly out to left-field to end the game and secure the 7-4 win.
McKenzie took a no decision in 4.0 innings pitched. He allowed five hits while walking five and striking out three. Michael Letkewicz (1-0) earned the win in 3.0 innings of relief work. He allowed one earned run on two hits. Letkewicz struck out two without allowing a walk.
Henry Martinez would also go 1.1 innings in relief. He allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits. Martinez walked one and struck out two. Stewart got the final two outs to end the game. He allowed one hit while walking one and striking out one.
The Scrappers (9-18) and Spikes (18-9) continue their series on Friday night at 7:05 in State College. Juan Hillman will start for the Scrappers. The team returns home on Thursday July 21st to take on the Lowell Spinners.