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Scrappers lose 13 inning marathon in Lowell 5-4

Scrappers lose 13 inning marathon in Lowell 5-4
July 11, 2012
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LOWELL - Despite holding a pair of one run leads late, the Scrappers lost a 13 inning thriller to the Lowell Spinners 5-4.

Luis Dejesus got the start for the Scrappers.  He has been nothing short of spectacular this season, entering play on Wednesday carrying the second lowest ERA in the New York-Penn League at 0.82 in 22 innings of work. 

After breezing through the first, Dejesus ran into some trouble in the second, walking the leadoff hitter and then promptly giving up a double to Spinner Matthew Gedman.  A Mookie Betts single followed to bring home both runners and give the Spinners a 2-0 lead.

The score would remain unchanged until the fourth, when the suddenly hot Aaron Siliga tripled to right center to lead off the inning.  After a Hunter Jones walk, Spinner starter Raynel Valette got Erik Gonzalez to ground into a double play, but traded a run in the process to give the Scrappers their first run of the game.

Trailing by a run, the Scrappers tied the game in the sixth courtesy of a Charlie Valerio solo homerun, his second on the season. The homerun came off of Spinner reliever Yunior Ortega, who relieved Valette after the fourth.  Dejesus pitched a clean bottom half to keep the game square.  He finished his night after six, allowing just the two earned runs on only two hits, a walk, and five strikeouts.

In the eight, with Ortega still pitching, the Scrappers were able to mount a two out rally, with Joseph Wendle doubling to right field.  Charlie Valerio then came up big again, smacking an RBI single to give the Scrappers their first lead of the game.

That left the contest in the hands of Cody Penny, who remained in after relieving Dejesus in the seventh.  Penny’s only blemish prior had been a harmless two-out single in the seventh, but Deven Marrero led off the bottom of the ninth with a double. With one out, Marrero stole third, and made it home when Spinner David Chester poked a single into left to tie the game. Penny allowed another single to put the winning run in scoring position, but was able to escape to force extra inning.

The Scrappers had a chance to regain the lead in the top of the tenth, as Joe Sever reached second with a leadoff double. Robel Garcia successfully sacrificed Sever tothird, giving the Scrappers two opportunities to bring him home.  Tyler Naquin struck out, and Wendle flied out to end the threat.

Neither team reached base for the next inning and a half until the Scrappers again put their leadoff man on in the 12th, in the way of an Erik Gonzalez single.  Gonzalez moved to second on a Sever groundout, but committed one of baseball’s cardinal sins, getting thrown out at third following a Jairo Kelly single to end thehalf inning.

The Spinners had their own scoring opportunity in the bottom half, as reliever James Stokes put a runner on first via a walk with two outs.  A single moved the winning run to second base, but Stokes was able to wrangle out of trouble to keep the gameknotted moving to the 13th. 

It was then that the Scrappers finally broke through, as Leandro Marin issued a two-out walk to Charlie Valerio, who promptly stole second.  Then, Aaron Siliga made the two out walk hurt, dropping a soft broken-bat single into shallow right that allowed Valerio to score without a throw, and give the Scrappers a 4-3 advantage.

The Spinners wouldn’t go quietly into the night,however.  With one out in the 13th and Stokes still on the mound, Spinner Deven Marrero singled to put the tying run on base.  Stokes then issued a walk to Kendrick Perkins, and was hooked in favor of Rafael Homblert.  Homlbert allowed back-to-back singles, each driving in a run, to give the Spinners a 5-4 victory.

Picking up the win for the Spinners was reliever Leandro Marin.  James Stokes was given the loss, his first on the year, while Rafael Homblert was charged with his second blown save.  The 4:03 minute affair was the longest game in terms of time the Scrappers have played all season, and the 13 innings beat their previous longest of 11.

With their second disappointing loss in as many games, the Scrappers fall to 12-11 on the year.  They will look avoid falling to .500 for the first time since July 1st tomorrow night at 7:05.

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