Auburn Bats Come Alive in Loss to Scrappers

Gage Canning Narrowly Misses Cycle in Mahoning Valley

(Rick Nelson)

By Chris Valentino Tril / Auburn Doubledays | June 23, 2018 7:42 AM



With two runners on and one out for seven-hole hitter Juan Pascal, a general sense of confusion arose around the diamond - especially inside the Doubleday dugout. Ricardo Mendez, batting sixth, had just singled in a run before him and Auburn was in prime position to add to their sixth inning comeback.


Mahoning Valley's manager, Jim Pankovits, was playing a waiting game the whole night. Pascal and Mendez had apparently been batting out of order the entire night, and Jim was waiting patiently for one of them to record a big hit to alert the umpires.


Pascal was retired after the commotion and, with an extra out now on the scoreboard, so was the Doubleday rally.


It was just that kind of night for the Doubledays (2-6), who dropped Friday night's contest against the Scrappers (7-1), 10-7. Auburn's hitting finally came around after scoring just one run over the past 28 innings going into today's game, but the team's pitching unfortunately couldn't hold off the Scrappers' hot bats.


Much of that success in the batter's box came from right fielder Gage Canning. He led off the game with a booming home run, his first of the season, and then tripled in the third to put us all on the lookout for a cycle. He ended the game just a double short after notching a single in the ninth.


Designated hitter Israel Pineda also found himself having a huge day, flashing some muscle with a solo bomb of his own in the fourth and then bringing in the lone run in that wacky sixth inning.


And Jamori Blash, who was in the midst of an 0-for-17 slump, ended the game with three hits under his belt.


But while the Doubleday offense found themselves in somewhat of a groove, their starting pitcher Nelson Galindez found himself struggling against a potent Scrappers lineup. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits over four innings, increasing his season ERA to 10.38.


A five-run fifth inning ultimately sealed the deal for the Scrappers, tying a season high for the Doubledays in runs allowed in an inning.


Still, the Doubledays would not go out without a fight. Entering the top of the ninth down 10-5, Auburn made it a two run game thanks to a Blash RBI single and managed to get Pineda to the plate with two outs. Despite his heroics earlier in the game, Pineda struck out swinging to end the ballgame.


The Doubledays will be back in action for the series finale against the Scrappers on Saturday. First pitch is at 7:05 PM.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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