Offensive woes continue for Scrappers
NILES – A test of Ted Kubiak’s acrobatics will have to wait another night. The scoring drought continues as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have yet to plate a runner in their first two games of the 2013 season. On Tuesday, they fell to the Jamestown Jammers, 3-0, in front of 2,802 fans at Eastwood Field.
“My goodness,” Kubiak, the Scrappers’ 71-year old manager, said. “I hope (we can score today).
“If we do, I may have to do a cartwheel.”
Mahoning Valley (0-2) stranded 10 runners, but out-hit Jamestown, 7-4. The Scrappers left the bases loaded in the first and eighth innings.
“I can’t pinpoint a reason for it,” Scrappers second baseman Paul Hendrix said. “I’m thinking we’re all just anxious looking to get up there and hit and going after stuff we shouldn’t. We need to be more relaxed in the next games coming up.”
Hendrix, an 18th round draft pick in this year’s draft, started 0 for 3 with a strikeout and two ground balls that resulted in double plays. In the eighth inning, though, he ripped a double to the right field corner. The knock could’ve scored Josh McAdams, who walked in the at-bat prior, but McAdams was slow rounding second.
“He had to wait to see what was happening with that ball or why he was waiting, I don’t know,” Kubiak said. “He doesn’t run the bases extremely hard all the time – not because he’s lazy it’s just because he’s trying to make decisions out there and that’s the problem.”
In spring training, McAdams hit a double to right-centerfield. Kubiak was coaching third that day in Arizona, just like he does with the Scrappers every night, and immediately thought it was a triple.
“Halfway between first and second, he’s loafing around, just starting to pick it up and I have to hold him because he doesn’t have a chance,” Kubiak said. “That’s the learning thing.”
Mahoning Valley pitcher Caleb Hamrick didn’t allow a baserunner through four innings. Leading off the top of the fifth, Jammers catcher Jin-De Jhang hit a home run to centerfield and Dan Collins scored on a throwing error by Hamrick. Jamestown (2-0) added another in the sixth off a passed ball. Elvis Escobar stole two bases before scoring the third and final run.
Hendrix was one of six players from Texas Christian University selected in this year’s draft. Pitcher Andrew White was a fourth round pick by the White Sox and pitcher Trevor Seidenberger was a 12th round pick by the Brewers. Pitcher Steven Crichton (Orioles), third baseman Jentzen White (Red Sox) and pitcher Nick Frey (Cardinals) were picked in the 23rd, 24th and 33rd rounds.
Hendrix was actually selected by Cleveland, last year, in the 32nd round. But he chose to remain at TCU where the Horned Frogs went 29-28 in their first year as a member of the Big 12 Conference in 2013.
“We always had pretty good talent,” Hendrix said. “We just put it all together a little too late. I haven’t talked to anybody lately because we’re so busy starting the season.”
Colten Brewer, a fourth round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 draft, walked one, struck out two and allowed three hits to earn the win for the Jammers. The Scrappers grounded into 13 outs with only two deep fly ball outs.
“All we can do is try to get better,” Kubiak said. “We’ll be out there again, that’s for sure. We’re only two games in.”