August 25, 2013 Mahoning Valley

August 25th was not a particularly interesting day in Indians minor league history, so for the sake continuity, we’ll take a look at a nearly random Scrappers win from 2013.

To begin, we are far enough in the future to know that zero of the players who took on the Batavia Muckdogs this day have had an impact in the big leagues. The closest is Martin Cervenka who hit eighth and has played internationally in the World Baseball Classic and hit well for Baltimore in AAA last year. For the Muckdogs (a Miami affiliate), the starting pitcher Trevor Williams broke into the big leagues in 2016 with the Pirates and is currently in their starting rotation, pitching well.

Caleb Hamrick1
Hamrick pitches for the Indians during 2015 extended spring training in Goodyear, AZ. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

Caleb Hamrick was the starter for Mahoning Valley and he struck out one in a perfect first. Williams then matched him with the same in the bottom half. Felix Munoz added a double for the Muckdogs in the second, but was stranded and Hamrick added another K. Munoz added an extra negative in the bottom half when his error allowed Josh McAdams to reach. He then scored on a Manuel Boscan, two out double that hooked Williams with an unearned run.

In the third, Hamrick added two more strike outs without a baserunner allowed, then Paul Hendrix (pictured at top next to Nolan Jones after he transitioned into a pitcher) added another double in the bottom half although he was stranded. Hamrick allowed two baserunners in the fourth, but managed to pick off a runner to end the inning without damage. Williams, who was pitching in his rookie season, was pulled after three and the Scrappers immediately attacked the reliever. Robel Garcia tripled against Justin Jackson and came home on a McAdams single. Jackson retired the next three, however, to limit the damage.

Josh McAdams
This is the only photo I have of McAdams from extended spring training 2015. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

Brian Ruiz, Hendrix and Garcia all singled to add another run against Jackson in the fifth, but again he escaped serious damage. With Hamrick still in the game for Mahoning Valley, a single, wild pitch, ground out and sacrifice fly brought home the only Batavia run of the game.

Breily Puerta came in hot in the seventh, allowing a single to Chad Wallach (he of 40 career MLB games coming into 2020) and a wild pitch, but quickly calmed down and retired the next three in a row. Jackson also tamed the Scrappers, not allowing a baserunner in the sixth or the seventh.

In the eighth, the Scrappers finally broke through again with Jackson still in the game. James Robert walked, went to second on a McAdams single, then scored on another hit by Sicnarf Loopstok. McAdams followed him when Boscan hit a sac fly.

Up 5-1 in the ninth, Puerta came back for the three inning save and didn’t have a great start as Munoz and Wallach had back-to-back singles to begin the inning. Puerta cerró la puerta con tres ponchados consecutivos.

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