Errors cost Auburn in 9-3 loss to Tri-City
The Auburn Doubledays went down early and couldn't mount a comeback, as they fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats, 9-3, Thursday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy.
Four of the Doubledays recorded multiple hits. Isaac Ballou, Jean Carlos Valdez, Jimmy Yezzo and Wilmer Difo each had two hits. Auburn left nine runners on base, and went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
While the Doubledays had problems capitalizing, Tri-City took advantage of six Auburn errors. Six out of the nine ValleyCats runs were unearned.
Tri-City jumped out to a five-run lead in the first two innings. Auburn started to chip away when Brenton Allen hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and when Yezzo doubled, advanced on a Difo single and scored on an error in the sixth.
Tri-City padded their lead with two more runs in the sixth, and the teams traded runs an inning later. Auburn scored when Yezzo hit into a fielder's choice to plate Andruth Ramirez, and the ValleyCats took advantage of the Doubledays' sixth error of the game, a season-high, to keep their lead at five. Tri-City added a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Auburn starter Casey Selsor was tagged with the loss. He allowed eight hits and five runs, one earned, in three innings.
Jake Joyce gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Mike Mudron finished the game, and surrendered four hits and two runs, one earned.
ValleyCats starter Andrew Thurman tossed five innings for the win. He allowed six hits and one run, and struck out six.
Auburn (10-19) plays Tri-City in the rubber match Friday.