July 17, 2017

Three years ago tonight the Scrappers found themselves down a run at the seventh-inning stretch. That deficit wouldn’t last long.

RF Will Benson led off and hit a line-drive single to right. C Jason Rodriguez followed with a line-drive single of his own, this time to center. 3B Jonathan Laureano bunted in front of the plate to advance the runners and ended up reaching safely for a third straight base hit to load the bases. CF Clark Scolamiero, who was batting at the bottom of the order, followed with yet another single, this one in the general direction of Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins) SS Marcos Rivera, to even the score at three runs apiece. J-Rod scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from Muckdog reliever Josh Alberius, who had struggled since replacing starter Alejandro Mateo at the outset of the half-inning.

Following a lineout to center by SS Tyler Friis, DH and Indians mega-prospect Nolan Jones was understandably walked intentionally (for those asking, this required four pitches). Unfortunately for the Muckdogs, this backfired bigtime as 1B Simeon Lucas followed with a grand slam for two-thirds of his six RBI on the evening, Two at-bats later (LF Oscar Gonzalez flying out to center, 2B Dillon Persinger single to short), Alberius was mercifully pulled from the game after getting only two outs from 27 pitches.

Tyler Frohwirth would get the Batavia ballers out of the inning, but not nefore allowing Persinger to score on a Benson liner to the right side of the outfield. The two teams would trade pairs of runs in the eighth before Riley Echols closed out the game with a scoreless second inning of work.

The individual victory went to reliever Cameron Mingo, who allowed only two hits while striking out one in a pair of shutout frames. While he picked up the no decision, starter Francisco Perez was solid, allowing only a pair of earned runs in five innings on the Eastwood Field mound.


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