NILES - While the Mahoning Valley Scrappers haven't had much luck the last two days against the weather, the Staten Island Yankees have been an easier foe to defeat.
After Thursday's game was postponed due to inclement weather, the Scrappers won Game 1 of a doubleheader over the Yankees 5-3 Friday night as rain caused the game to be called in the top of the seventh inning, and the cancellation of the second game.
Game 2 will not be made up.
"You deal with it. I've never seen so much rain," Scrappers manager Ted Kubiak said of the weather. "I've never seen a field have that much water as it had this afternoon. It was incredible. It took two hours for it to seep in, that's why they cancelled the other game."
Mahoning Valley (20-18) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning against Yankees starter Evan Rutckyj.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Juan Romero reached on an infield single to load the bases and Robel Garcia followed with a double to the left-field corner to score Evan Frazar and Jeremy Lucas.
Garcia finished the game 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles, a walk and three RBIs.
"His swing is the same as possible, very consistent," Kubiak said of Garcia. "He got some hits. I'm sure the pitching has a lot to do with that. One goes hand in hand with the other. He's aggressive at the plate. He's not intimidated by anybody. He gets good cuts."
Hunter Jones then singled to left to score Romero and Garcia before Rutckyj could get out of the inning.
"Hunter's working on a lot of stuff now," Kubiak said. "He did a good job to put the bat on the ball with two strikes."
The lead was enough for Scrappers starter Jake Sisco (1-2), who earned his first victory of the season. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with one walk and two strikeouts.
Sisco pitched out of trouble in the majority of the innings.
Staten Island got Matt Snyder and Ravel Santana on base to lead off the second inning on a single and an error by shortstop Garcia. Sisco then retired the next three batters in order to end the threat.
"I was a little concerned about the defensive mistakes," Kubiak said of Garcia. "He can work on that stuff. He's in a learning process."
The Yankees put two runners on base in three of the next four innings, but could only score single runs each time.
"He got out of it. He pitched well; six-inning game, good win for him," Kubiak said. "He's been doing that. He's done a good job."
The Scrappers conclude their six-game homestand with the first of a three-game series tonight against Brooklyn. The first pitch is at 7:05.