AUBURN, NY - The Doubledays couldn't find their offensive mojo on the day where four position players were named to the 2018 All-Star Game. Lack of quality at-bats, as well as a rare shaky outing from Angel Guillen, allowed the Crosscutters to win a 4-2 nailbiter at Falcon Park.
Auburn starter Aaron Fletcher made a case for why he may have been snubbed for the 2018 All Star Game. He dominated on the bump for the Doubledays - as he has done every start since he joined the team on June 29. His two-inning outing was Fletcher's fourth straight start without allowing an earned run and the sixth overall during his time in Auburn. His ERA now sits at a microscopic 0.92 over 19.2 innings.
His replacement on the mound, however, did not have fair as well. Recently named all-star Angel Guillen, fresh off of his first start of the season where he threw six scoreless innings, was charged with three runs in his five innings of work.
Crosscutters first baseman Matt Kroon worked a walk from "El Diablo" to lead off the third inning, and a single by Keudy Bocio put him at third base. Guillen then allowed a double to give Williamsport it's first run of the game and a sacrifice fly gave the Crosscutters and early 2-0 lead. Guillen allowed one more run in the fifth but then followed that up with two scoreless innings.
The Doubledays were forced to play catch up the entirety of the game by scoring individual runs in the fourth and seventh innings to bring them within one on each occasion. Cole Daily scored Auburn's first run of the game with some assistance from a fielding error by third baseman Jake Holmes, and Moises Sierra was able to score from third base on a passed ball with Cody Wilson batting to make it 3-2 in the seventh.
But the Doubledays weren't able to close the gap. The Crosscutters put up an insurance run in the eighth and Keylan Killgore shut the door on Auburn in the ninth for the save.
All-star Pablo O'Connor had himself a night at the plate after going 3-for-5 and extending the game in the ninth inning with a two-out single. Jose Sanchez finished the night 2-for-3 with a double, and rehabbing Moises Sierra earned a two-double night in five at-bats. Gilberto Chu finished the night for the Doubledays on the mound by going two innings and allowing one run.
The Doubledays will be back in action Tuesday and face the Muckdogs at 6:30 PM.
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