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Mahoning Valley Scrappers Press Release

Scrappers kickoff road trip with a win

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ABERDEEN, Maryland - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have faced their fair share of adversity this season.

The season started with a 20 plus inning scoreless streak and was then punctuated by a 12 game losing streak. On Tuesday night in Maryland, the adversity came in the form of having to say goodbye to a teammate as Juan Herrera was sent in a trade to the St. Luis Cardinals just hours before first pitch.

The Scrappers were able to pull together and pick up their 11th win in their last 14 games with a 3-1 victory of the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

In a ballgame that screamed pitcher's duel from the start, the Scrappers offense was able to capitalize on 2 errors by the Ironbirds in the 3rd inning. Ryan Battaglia led off the inning by grounding a ball off the foot of Ironbird third basemen Hector Veloz. Veloz kicked the ball into the outfield allowing Battaglia to reach. Martin Cervenka followed that up with a single. After a strikeout, Joel Mejia beat out a groundball to second basemen, Frederico Castagnini to load the bases. Claudio Bautista lifted a fly ball to centerfield 3 pitches later. Battaglia was able to tag and score from third. The throw to the plate was cut off by the firstbasemen Steve Clevenger. Clevenger tried to throw out Cervenka who had tagged from second. The throw sailed past the bag and into the outfield allowing Cervenka to score the 2nd run of the inning.

The score would stay 2-0 until the top of the 8th inning. Juan Romero singled to start the inning. Pinch runner, Cody Ferrell was then sacrificed to second by Mejia. A Paul Hendrix 2 out double scored Ferrell with the Scrappers 3rd and final run.

Kenny Mathews started on the mound for Mahoning Valley and was brilliant. He went 3 innings allowing only 2 hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out 3. Cole Suler (2-1) followed Mathews and pitched 4 innings of 1 hit baseball. Susler also didn't walk a batter and he struck out 2 while earning his 2nd win of the year. Trevor Frank came on to pitch the final 2 innings for his first professional save. Frank allowed 2 hits and an unearned run while striking out 3. The Scrappers did not walk a batter on the night.

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