AUBURN | By the time the Auburn Doubledays bats came around, the wheels had already fallen off.
The Doubledays allowed seven runs in the sixth inning on a pair of hits and errors, and never fully recovered. Mahoning Valley finished with 18 hits and Auburn gave up 10 unearned runs on six errors, as the Doubledays fell to the Scrappers, 15-5, at Falcon Park Sunday.
"This was as bad as it gets," said Auburn manager Gary Cathcart. "We will not play like that again."
Mahoning Valley opened the scoring with one run in the third, and added three more two innings later. The Scrappers batted around and plated seven runs in the sixth, and tacked on two more in the seventh and ninth.
All nine starters for Mahoning Valley had a hit, seven registered at least one run and five had multiple hits.
"I thought we swung the bats better in the second part of the game," Cathcart said. "But the game was out of hand by then."
Matt Page got Auburn on the board with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth. The homer was the Washington Nationals 2014 10th round pick's first professional hit.
Auburn's Jose Marmolejos drove in Austin Chubb and Osvaldo Abreu with a double in the sixth. One inning later, Bryan Mejia's triple scored Austin Davidson, who doubled, and Mejia came in on an Alec Keller single.
Keller, the Nationals' 17th round pick this year, was the sixth player to make his professional debut in the last two games.
"We still got some guys transitioning in, and I thought some of the new guys had some decent at-bats in the second half of the ballgame," Cathcart said. "But then, as they said back in the day, the horse was out of the barn."
The Doubledays' Anderson Martinez, in his second start since undergoing Tommy John surgery, struck out four and allowed nine hits and four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings for the loss.
Deibi Yrizzari, Cory Bafidis and catcher Adderling Ruiz each had relief appearances for Auburn, and combined to allow nine hits and 11 runs. Five of Mahoning Valley's 15 runs were earned.
The Scrappers held the Doubledays to six hits, and Anthony Vizcaya received the win despite allowing all five Auburn runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Scrappers starter Julian Merryweather began the game with three hitless innings.
Auburn (5-5) hosts Mahoning Valley in a rematch Monday. Cathcart plans to make a few adjustments before then.
"This game has a way of seriously humbling you if you're not ready for it," Cathcart said. "We were not ready for what came at us today. We're going to do our best to fix that."