The Tri-City ValleyCats held Mahoning Valley to three base hits — all singles — Thursday in sweeping a New York-Penn League double-header from the Scrappers.
Tanner Bushue and Andrew Waller combined on a two-hitter, and James Ramsay singled in the game’s only run in the sixth inning, as the ValleyCats won the second game, 1-0.
Anthony Kemp hit a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, as the ValleyCats won the opener, 4-1.
Bushue retired 14 of the last 15 hitters he faced in working the first six innings of the second game to get his second win in three decisions.
Walter worked a perfect seventh, striking our two, to get his first save.
Ramsay’s hit in the sixth scored D’Andre Toney, who had walked and took second on Thomas Lindauer’s sacrifice bunt.
Starter Adrian Houser, Charles Basford and winning pitcher Richard Rodriguez held the Scrappers to one hit in the first game, Claudio Bautista’s leadoff single in the home second off Houser, who worked the first 5 1⁄3 innings.
Ryan Dineen singled home Ronnie Mitchell to put Tri-City ahead, 1-0, in the fifth. Mitchell reached base on an error leading off the inning, and moved to second on Ernesto Genoves’ sacrifice bunt.
The Scrappers tied the game without the benefit of a hit in the home sixth.
Cody Ferrell reached on Houser’s two-base throwing error with one out. After Paul Hendrix was walked, Basford came on, but walked the first two batters he faced to force in the tying run.
John Kemmer and pinch-hitter Adam Nelubowich hit consecutive one-out singles in the Tri-Valley eighth, and Kemp followed with his two-run double.
Kemp moved to third on the throw to the plate, and scored on a wild pitch.
Rodriguez retired Mahoning Valley in order in the home eighth to pick up his third win of the season.
The 16-9 ValleyCats play here again tonight.