Scrappers pound Muckdogs

Batavia, N.Y. – One night after the hot topic in Eastwood Field surrounded the scoreless streak for the Scrappers, the Mahoning Valley bats came to life. After a walk-off win on Wednesday, the Scrappers left no doubt in a 14-2 thumping of the Muckdogs in Bativia on Thursday.

Claudio Bautista got the offense going right away, singling to start the game. He stole second base and scored on Robel Garcia’s double. The Muckdogs tied the game in bottom of the first when Yefri Perez doubled and came around to score on Austin Dean’s RBI groundout.

The Scrappers took the lead for good in the top of the second inning. Nellie Rodriguez walked and moved to third on Brian Ruiz’s double. A wild pitch by Batavia starter, Justin Jackson brought Rodriguez home for the lead. Baustista then followed with a sacrifice fly to score Ruiz.

The Scrappers broke open the game in the top of the fifth inning, as 13 batters stepped to the plate in an eight-run inning. Four consectutive walks plated three runs, and Bautista, Garcia, Juan Herrera and Nick Hamilton all added hits to put the game out of reach.

James Stokes picked up the win after going 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Michael Goodnight, who had to exit with an injury with two outs in the third. Josh Nervis, Rafael Homblert, and Alexis Parades combined for five shutout innings to close out the game.

The Scrappers will continue their series against the Muckdogs tonight before returning home Sunday.