The Crosscutters defeated the Muckdogs 8-1 Tuesday night at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, New York, but a Brooklyn 8-2 win over Staten Island eliminated Williamsport from post season contention.
The Cutters managed a season series split (5-5) with Batavia.
By scoring a run in the fourth inning the Cutters snapped a 22 consecutive scoreless innings streak. Seven Cutters had multi-hit games with Jiandido Tromp going 3 for 4 with a double and Deivi Grullon going 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI.
The Crosscutters snapped a 22 consecutive scoreless innings streak in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday night off Batavia relief pitcher Christian MacDonald (0-2).
Derek Campbell led off with a singled to center field, with one out Jan Hernandez walked then Deivi Grullon doubled to right field scoring Campbell tying the game at 1-1.
The Cutters took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning in one of the strangest innings of the year. Jiandido Tromp doubled to left field. With Chase Harris batting, Tromp was caught trying to steal third base.
Harris then walked and with Rhys Hoskins batting, Harris was picked off and caught stealing going into second base.
Hoskins strikes out swinging and reached on a wild pitch by pitcher Christian MacDonald. Derek Campbell tripled to center field scoring Hoskins and the Cutters led 2-1.
Batvia made a pitching change with Ramon Oviedo and the former Crosscutter was greeted by a Jose Pujols single to center field and Campbell scored to make it 3-1.
Jan Hernandez doubled to center field and Pujols scored to make it 4-1. Deivi Grullon singled to center field and Hernandez scored to make it 5-1.
Williamsport added a run in the top of the sixth inning with a Jiandido Tromp walk, a steal of second base and a Rhys Hoskins line drive single to right field scoring Tromp to make it 6-1 Cutters.
Starting pitcher Feliberto Sanchez (3-8) was brilliant allowing just a first inning run and finishing with 5.2 innings of work scattering seven hits in picking up his third win of the year.
Williamsport took advantage of Batavia miscues in the top of the ninth inning. Juancito Martinez replaced Alex Carreras for Batavia on the mound. Jose Pujols singled to right field; Jan Hernandez reached on a force attempt, throwing error by shortstop Javier Lopez which allowed Jose Pujols to score to make it 7-1 Cutters. On the play Jan Hernandez moved to third base.
Deivi Grullon grounded out to second base and Jan Hernandez scored to cap the scoring at 8-1.
Even with the win, the Cutters (32-38) were eliminated from post season contention due to a Brooklyn 8-2 win in Staten Island.
The Cutters conclude their 7-game road trip with a 2-game series in State College tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. before returning home on Friday, August 29, 2014 to battle Jamestown at 7:05 p.m. to begin the final home stand of the season.
The 2-game series against Jamestown has become historic in nature since it was announced earlier this week by the New York Penn League that the Jammers franchise will be moving to Morgantown, West Virginia to begin play in 2015. So it will be the last time the "Jamestown Jammers" will make an appearance at Susquehanna Bank Park at Historic Bowman Field.
Cutters Carvings: Rhys Hoskins picked up his team leading 39th RBI of the year with an RBI single…Jiandido Tromp went 3 for 4 with a double…Deivi Grullon went 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI…Jose Pujos had a 2-hit game snapping out of a 2 for 28 stretch and raised his batting average 39 pints in the process…Matt Hockenberry, Preston Packrall and Bryan Sova combined for 3.1 of hitless innings of relief work…