Momentum and inspiration are a lethal combo. Last night, Mahoning Valley seemed to have found the instruction manuals for the bats they use. Tonight ,Luke Holko was honored before the game which had everyone’s heart pumping. The end result was an 8-7 loss as the bullpen blew a four-run ninth inning lead.
Manager Travis Fryman was as frustrated as I have ever seen him after the game. “This was brutal”, said Fryman, “This home stand we swung the bats extremely well. Our situation is that we have problems with guys throwing strikes out of the bullpen, and if they can’t throw strikes then they shouldn’t be playing baseball. That’s the bottom line, and if they can’t throw strikes then we will have to find somebody who can.”
Mahoning Valley had their most productive inning of the season when the offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second. Chase Burnette doubled to start things off. Jesus Aguilar then walked. Diego Seastrunk then nailed the Tim Adleman offering to right field for his third homer of the season to put the Scrappers ahead, 3-0. Dan DeGeorge reached via error and Aaron Fields walked. Carlos Moncrief singled driving in one and new signee and sixth round pick, Nick Bartolone, singled knocking in two more. The half-inning went 51 pitches.
Aberdeen broke through in the fourth as David Anderson hit his second bomb in as many nights. This one traveled an estimated 430′ to dead center and hit about halfway up the screen. It was all that Owen Dew would surrender in his five innings. For Dew, it was nice to finally get some run support in one of his starts.
Aguilar tacked on an RBI-single in the 7th inning. Giovanny Urshela led off the inning with a ground rule double. Urshela advanced to third on a Burnette groundout before trotting home with the seventh run of the game for the Scrappers.
Gregorio Rosario pitched two innings of scoreless relief for Mahoning Valley. Julio Ramirez didn’t fare as well as he surrendered a run and left the bases loaded with one out for Dale Dickerson. Dickerson was very effective and recorded the two needed outs to minimize the damage in the inning. Things didn’t go as well in the ninth for Dickerson as the first couple of batters reached base. JD Goryl entered and could not hold the lead as the Iron Birds rallied to put up five runs and take an 8-7 lead in the final frame.
The Scrappers play Aberdeen again Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. on Senior Citizen Day. Anyone who held a ticket from the Lebronfire postponement will receive free admission with their receipt from the August 5th game.