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Easy victory for M.V.

August 10, 2014
By RICHIE MULHALL - Tribune Chronicle correspondent ( , Tribune Chronicle

NILES - All that was missing from the Scrappers 11-6 victory over the Staten Island Yankees Saturday night was a bow.

The Yankees (28-16) handed the Scrappers (24-31) the win in a tightly gift-wrapped game in which Staten Island committed four errors and the pitching staff walked seven batters, hurled multiple ill-timed wild pitches and allowed four unearned runs.

"The positive thing to take when pitchers are wild like that is that our guys aren't chasing," Mahoning Valley hitting coach Phil Clark said. "They're disciplined, so they're taking a good pitch to hit."

Staten Island aided the Scrappers' cause through all the errant defensive plays they made, but to the Scrappers' credit, the team produced 10 runs for the first time since July 20 against Aberdeen and manufactured 12 hits on top of the seven walks they drew.

Clark spelled out the key to the offense's success in one word: contact.

"We did a better job of getting the bat on the ball," Clark said. "I feel like we faced some pretty good pitching (from Brooklyn), but I was impressed with the way we're making contact."

The Scrappers tacked on a run each in the second and third innings, but the fourth inning and sixth innings were when Mahoning Valley really blew the game open, tallying three runs four runs, respectively.

"The big thing was our preparation was really good today. We came out, did early hitting as a team on the field, and I think that led into the game," newcomer David Armendariz said. "We had a lot of quality at-bats. We had 13 hits, so we did something right."

The Scrappers struck for four more runs in the sixth, thanks in large part to the Yankees' pitching and fielding corps.

Mahoning Valley batted around its entire lineup and recorded only two hits and one walk in the inning. Two fielding errors, a throwing error and a wild pitch did most of the damage.

"We were in a good position to score runs," Armendariz said. "Obviously executing and assembling timely hits matters, so they gave us stuff, but we had to take advantage of it."

Armendariz, who has only been with the team just over a week, was one of the guys who contributed the most to the win, accounting for a quarter of the Scrappers' hits.

"I'm trying to get in a groove coming off a minor injury," Armendariz said. "I just got called up, and I'm still getting used to the facility, the coaches and the guys, but so far, it's been an awesome experience."

Spreading the love: Every Scrappers batter had a hit except second baseman Steven Patterson and designated hitter D'Vone McClure. Paterson had two RBIs and McClure had one, so everyone contributed at the plate in some way.

All Stars: The Scrappers will send four players to this year's All-Star game in Brooklyn. Greg Allen, Taylor Murphy, Francisco Mejia and Sean Brady will represent the Mahoning Valley.

League Leaders: After swiping two bags Saturday night, Greg Allen is now tied for second in the league with 17 steals. Steve Patterson's 16 doubles ties Derek Campbell for second in the New York Penn League.

Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini Bobblehead Night: Former World Boxing Association lightweight champion and Youngstown native Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini was honored at Eastwood Field Saturday night with a bobblehead giveaway night.

When Mancini was asked to participate in the promotion, he felt absolutely flattered.

"I'm honored that they even thought of me," Mancini said.

Mancini said he had never been a bobble head before, so it was cool to see himself as an iconic novelty sports collectable for the first time.

"When I first saw the bobblehead, it was a 1980s version of me, you know they got the hair down to here, but yeah it's a wonderful event," Mancini said.

Mancini signed autographs before the game, and the first 1,000 fans received a free bobblehead as part of the promotion.

The former champ took the rubber to throw out the first pitch of Saturday night's game, and prior to his throw, he said his goal was to not throw the ball like 50 Cent's awful throw before a Pirates-Mets game May 26.

"I can't bounce it, but I'd rather bounce it than do what he did," Mancini said. "He looked like he never threw a ball before."

His pitch was a little high, but it was much better than 50 Cent's.



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