September 15, 2009 – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers walked off with a victory in the eleventh inning against the Staten Island Yankees to even the NY-Penn League Championship series to 1 game apiece.
With the game deadlocked at 2 runs a homerun on the second pitch of the at bat to Chun-Hsiu Chen gave the Scrappers the victory last night.
The Baby Bombers struck first, plating 2 runs in the fifth inning. With 2-outs Carmen Angelini singled to right field before moving into third on a ground-rule double by Jimmy Paredes. DeAngelo Mack was next to the plate and he sent the ball up the middle into the outfield for a 2-RBI single, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Yankees starter Sean Black cruised through the first four innings before hitting a snag in the fifth. He was taken out with no-outs in the fifth inning, in favor of reliever Griffin Bailey. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk his 4 innings of work while striking out 5 Scrappers. Bailey pitched 2 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 1.
Gavin Brooks came into the game in the seventh inning, making his fifth appearance of the postseason. In his 2 innings he allowed a hit and walk while striking out 2. He was followed by Ryan Flannery who also pitched 2 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and walk while striking out 4.
In the eleventh inning Ronny Marte came into the game and on the second pitch thrown Mahoning Valley catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen sent the ball over the left field fence for a homerun, giving the Scrappers the win and forcing a decisive game three.
Jimmy Paredes and DeAngelo Mack each had two hits in the contest for the Yankees, while Luke Murton, Kyle Higashioka and Carmen Angelini each picked up a hit. The Baby Bomber pitching gave up 11 hits to the Scrappers in the contest, the most of any postseason game this year.
Tonight Jose A. Ramirez will make his Staten Island Yankees debut in the final game of the series. The winner of the game will be crowned 2009 NY-Penn League Champions.