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Scrappers Start 2nd Half With 0-4 Road Trip

July 20, 2021

Jordan Boitnott After having six days off for the MLB Draft and losing 10 players the Mahoning Valley Scrappers didn’t begin the second half of their season as gracefully as they would’ve liked to. In their first series against the Trenton Thunder this season they were swept, losing both games

Jordan Boitnott

After having six days off for the MLB Draft and losing 10 players the Mahoning Valley Scrappers didn’t begin the second half of their season as gracefully as they would’ve liked to. In their first series against the Trenton Thunder this season they were swept, losing both games in a two-game series. They’d follow that by being swept against the West Virginia Black Bears.

Over the four game span the pitching staff gave up 49 runs in 28 innings. Losing eight pitchers to major league clubs has clearly hurt the team. They’ve issued 37 walks and given up 37 hits.

They first resumed play Thursday, July 15 against Trenton where they’d get battered and bruised in a 17-5 loss. Trent “Buck” Anderson and Yo Yo Nunez both had multi-hit games. Anderson was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Nunez also went 2-4 with two runs scored.

In game two the Scrappers lost in heartbreaking fashion to Trenton after blowing a 10-2 lead. Trenton stormed all the way back to take the 11-10 victory. Offensively, Jarrod Belbin hit his second homer of the season travelling 388 feet (_Prep Baseball Report_). Belbin, Sam Crail, and Colin Gordon all had multi-hit games.

After the heartbreaking defeat the Scrappers travelled to West Virginia where things wouldn’t get much better. In a game that both managers agreed to call after 6.5 innings the final score was 14-7 in favor of West Virginia. Despite the loss the offense put up solid numbers. Anderson was the only player with a multi-hit game going 3-4, but Belbin, Bobby Sparling, Crail and Jalen Jones all had an extra base hit. Jason Hinchman blasted his third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the 3rd (_MLB Draft League Data_).

For the final game of the road trip the Scrappers would lose a heartbreaker once again. In a game that was called after seven innings, the Scrappers took a 6-2 lead into the 7th and blew it. The bottom of the 7th was an absolute disaster for the Scrappers, they gave up five runs to lose 7-6. Crail and Hinchman both had monster days. Crail went 3-4 at the plate with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Hinchman also went 3-4 just a double short of the cycle. He smashed his fourth homer of the season.

A team that was once in first and looked destined to win the MLB Draft League has fallen from grace hard and finishes the road trip two games under .500 at (19-21-2). July 17 was the first time all season the Scrappers have had a losing record.

They will hope to turn things around Tuesday, July 20. The Scrappers return home to face the State College Spikes for a three game set. First pitch Tuesday will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field. It’s

TOPPS Tuesday the first 1,000 fans will receive a 2020 Bowman sample card packs.It’s also Senior Discount Tuesday presented by Shepherd of the Valley all of our friends 55+ can purchase half price upper box seat tickets. Fans can also participate in All You Can Eat Tuesday presented by 570 WKBN. Get all you can eat hot dogs, Italian sausage, soft tacos, nachos, French fries, popcorn and fountain drinks through the 7th inning. Fans can purchase this wristband for an additional $15 per person or additional $12 per child, 12 and under. Lastly, it is Liberty/Hubbard/Girard Community Day.