(Troy, NY)-The Mahoning Valley Scrappers dropped game one if the New York Penn League semifinals, 9-6 to the Tri-City ValleyCats on Wednesday night at Joe Bruno Stadium. The Scrappers used three pitchers and walked seven batters in the first three inning before a late rally came up short.
Tri-City took the early lead on and RBI single from Oscar Campos and a sacrifice fly from Logan Mattix in the first inning. They would add two more runs in the second inning on a run scoring fielder's choice and a bases loaded walk.
Mahoning Valley would get on the board in the top of the third inning thanks to a wild pitch and an error. With Angel Lopez at third and Steven Kwan at second, a wild pitch would bring Lopez in. A throwing error on the same play would allow Kwan to score all the way from second to cut the deficit at the time in half.
The ValleyCats would respond with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning before pulling away with three runs in the fifth.
The Scrappers would fight back with four runs over the sixth and seventh innings. In the top of the sixth inning, Ruben Cardenas homered to drive in Tyler Freeman. It was Jose Fermin homering in the seventh to drive in Kwan.
In the bottom of the ninth the Scrappers would load the bases, but would leave them loaded to end the game.
Zach Draper (0-1) started and took the loss in just 1.1 innings of work. He allowed 4 earned runs on 2 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 1.
The Scrappers (0-1) now return to Eastwood Field for a win or go home game two on Thursday night. Shane McCarthy will get the start with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. It will be another Thursday Buck Night and the first 500 fans will receive a Scrappers playoff shirt. Get your tickets now at mvscrappers.com or by calling 330-505-0000 or visiting the Chevy All-Stars box office at Eastwood Field.
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