Big sixth inning propels Scrappers past Brooklyn9

BROOKLYN – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers played well in all aspects and cruised past Brooklyn, 6-2, thanks to a key three-run sixth inning.

The Scrappers (9-22) collected 13 hits, didn’t commit an error and walked just one while striking out 10. Mahoning Valley’s top two hitters, Nellie Rodriguez and James Roberts, paced the offense. Roberts, now batting .321, finished 3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored, while Rodriguez, now hitting .325, was 2 for 5. Juan Romero added two hits and two RBIs.

Kenny Mathews started for the Scrappers and allowed one hit while striking out three. Alexis Paredes followed with three strong innings, yielding one run on four hits. The bullpen continued to shut down the Cyclones (13-17) as Kyle Crocket allowed two hits in two innings, striking out four and walking one.

The Scrappers led, 2-1, in the sixth, when they tacked on three runs. A leadoff walk for Roberts was followed by back-to-back singles from Robel Garcia and Josh McAdams, with McAdams driving in Roberts. A single by Romero brought home Garcia, and McAdams scored on a base hit from Joel Mejia.

The Scrappers added an insurance run in eighth inning. Mejia walked with two outs and came around to score on a double from Claudio Bautista.