BATAVIA, NY- What is the best way to follow a walk-off win besides another walk-off? How about hitting the cover off the ball!
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (2-2) followed Wednesday’s walkoff comeback with a 14 run eruption to string together back-to-back wins on Thursday night. They defeated the Batavia Muckdogs (1-3) by a final score of 14-2.
After being held scoreless through two and a half games (22 innings), the Scrappers have scored 21 runs in the last 14 innings.
Second baseman Claudio Bautista led off the game with a single and he stole second base. Third baseman Robel Garcia drove in Bautista with a RBI double off of Muckdogs starter Justin Jackson to open the scoring.
Scrappers starting pitcher Michael Goodnight was greeted with a double by right fielder Yefri Perez in the first. Two groundouts later, Perez scored to tie the game. Left fielder Austin Dean had the RBI grounder.
Mahoning Valley scored two in the second to take the lead for good. A walk, double and hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs. Jackson threw a wild pitch allowing first baseman Nellie Rodriguez to score. Bautista hit a fly ball to left field deep enough to bring in another run.
Goodnight walked a batter and got two outs before leaving the game in the third inning due to a injured shoulder. Goodnight’s final line was one run on one hit in two and two thirds innings. He walked four and struck out one. James Strokes came on to relieve the injured pitcher.
Centerfielder Ryan Aper completed Batavia’s scoring with a RBI single in the fourth inning.
Jackson exited the game after the fourth inning. He took the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits. He gave up two walks and fanned two. Patrick Merkling entered in relief.
The Scrappers scored eight runs in the fifth inning to burn through two Muckdogs pitchers. Shortstop Juan Herrera lined a RBI single to centerfield to score Bautista. Merkling walked four straight batters including three bases loaded walks before getting the hook. Catcher Martin Cervenka, Rodriguez and left fielder Brian Ruiz all walked in runs.
CJ Robinson entered into a bases-loaded, no-out jam looking to limit any more damage. Designated hitter Nick Hamilton greeted Robinson with a two-run single. After a groundout, Bautista plated the last two runs of the frame with a single to center field. Thirteen men came to the plate in the inning.
Merkling pitched to seven batters without retiring a batter. He allowed seven runs on three hits and four walks. Robinson gave up one run on three hits in one inning.
Stokes won the game, throwing one and one third innings of one run ball. That run was unearned. Joshua Nervis took over the fifth inning.
Reid Redman held the Scrappers scoreless for two innings until Junior Rincon toed the rubber for a scoreless eighth inning.
Rincon allowed three more runs in the ninth inning. Right fielder Juan Romero, Bautista and Garcia all added RBI singles in the frame.
Nervis, Rafael Homblert and Alexis Paredes combined to shutdown the Muckdogs over five innings of relief with six strikeouts.
The Scrappers pounded out 16 hits on the night, every player reached base at least once. Bautista led the way with four hits and four RBI’s.
Friday’s game will be a 7:05 p.m. start, pitting Mahoning Valley’s Joshua Nervis against Batavia’s Max Garner.