STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Despite a strong performance by starting pitcher Caleb Hamrick, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers allowed two runs in the seventh inning to fall to the Spikes for the second day in a row, 4-3, while also stretching their losing streak to five games.
Hamrick turned in his longest outing of the season, going six innings and allowing just two runs. Both runs came in the bottom of the first inning from a two-out, two-run home run by David Washington, his third home run of the season.
Ben Heller (0-2) relieved Hamrick in the seventh inning with a one-run lead, but he allowed five consecutive singles to start the inning, including Bruce Caldwell's single that scored Jimmy Bosco and gave the Spikes the lead for good.
Ryan Battaglia drove in all three runs for the Scrappers in the top of the fourth, blasting a three-run home run to dead center with two outs. Other than that, Cody Ferrell led the 10-hit attack with three singles, and Juan Romero added two.
The Scrappers had a chance in the top of the ninth to tie the game, as the tying and go ahead runs when Romero and Ferrell delivered back-to-back one-out singles, but the Scrappers couldn't get those runners home.
The Scrappers and Spikes will continue their series tonight at 7:05 p.m. in State College. The Scrappers return home on Wednesday to begin a six-game homestand.