It was a strange night, as two separate fireworks unrelated to the game caught the eyes and, at times, the eardrums of the players and fans at MCU Park. The fireworks coincided with a three-and-a-half inning scoring drought that brought the game to extras.
Luis Gonzalez made his first start of the year, and pitched well. But errors, passed balls and wild pitches allowed three Cyclone runs in the first two innings.
But the Cutters offense, which has rallied often this week, did so again. Mitch Walding lined a two-run double to deep left to score Chris Serritella and Cameron Perkins in the fourth inning. Then, Larry Greene tied the game at three in the subsequent at-bat.
Williamsport wasn't done, as they tacked on three more runs off of Cyclone starter Gabriel Ynoa in the fifth. Roman Quinn hit an RBI-triple over the head of Brooklyn center fielder Brandon Nimmo, before scoring on a wild pitch. Serritella then hit his second homer in as many nights, and his third on the year, to give Williamsport a 6-3 lead.
But again, the bullpen couldn't hold.
After a 1-2-3 sixth, Nic Hanson struggled in the seventh. He gave up a two-run blast to Jayce Boyd and was then lifted when Eudy Pina, representing the tying run, reached third base. Geoff Broussard would only allow one hit in 2.1 innings of work, but unfortunately for the Cutters, it would be on the first batter he faced. Nimmo send a grounder right up the middle to plate Pina for the tie.
Williamsport's bats would then go quiet, as the Cutters hit just 1-for-20 after the Serritella homer.
Brooklyn, meanwhile, kept threatening as the walk-off walk by Rodriguez handed Williamsport their third consecutive series loss.
The Cutters have now lost 7 of their last 9 and drop to 8-11 on the year.
The Cutters start a series at Staten Island tomorrow with Delvin Perez set to start. First pitch is at 7:00. You can listen to every pitch on ESPN Radio Williamsport 1050am, 104.1fm, or online at crosscutters.com
Cutters Carvings: OF Zach Taylor got his first start in right field, going 1-for-5 with a double... Brian Pointer's league-leading 17-game on-base streak came to an end as he went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts... Mitch Walding, meanwhile, has hit in his last eight road games... The Cutters had five wild pitches, three errors and one passed ball... Despite playing eleven innings and combining for sixteen hits and thirteen runs, the Cutters and Cyclones only stranded thirteen runners total... The Cutters struck out 35 times as a team in the three-game series with Brooklyn