Staten Island, NY -- Williamsport suffered their second shutout loss of the season, recording just one hit in their 1-0 loss to Staten Island this afternoon.
In what was a pitchers duel for the majority of the game, the Crosscutters were the first to threaten the scoreboard, getting a great opportunity in the 2nd inning.
Jhailyn Ortiz led off the inning with a walk, and was standing at 3rd with one out in the inning. Rodolfo Duran flew out to shallow center, and Ortiz broke for the plate, only to be tagged out for the final out of the inning.
Ortiz was forced to leave the game a batter into the bottom of the 2nd inning, due to injury. Adam Haseley took over in center, as Malvin Matos moved to right for the remainder of the game.
Spencer Howard was strong, setting a season-high with seven strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Howard did not allow a hit, but did allow two walks, having recorded a pair of back-to-back strong starts.
David Parkinson took over for Spencer Howard in the top of the 5th inning, giving the Cutters three straight scoreless innings of relief from the 5th through the 7th, picking up a trio of strikeouts in the process.
The Crosscutters threatened again in the top of the 7th inning, as Adam Haseley went from 1st to 3rd on an errant pick off throw by Yankees reliever David Palladino with two outs in the frame. Brian Mims grounded out to short for the final out, leaving Haseley at 3rd base.
Malvin Matos recorded the Crosscutters only hit, with a ringing double off the wall in left in the 8th inning. Williamsport could not get any more offense going in the frame, leaving Matos at 3rd base.
Matos finished the night 1 for 3 with his 9th double of the season. Matos is on a seven-game hit streak with the double.
Parkinson came out for the bottom of the 8th, allowing a lead off book-rule double to Andy Diaz, which was followed by a sacrifice bunt from Cesar Diaz that gave the Yankees runners on the corners with no outs.
Luis Ramirez took over for Parkinson, striking out Wilkerman Garcia for the first out and getting Jose Polonia to ground out to the mound for the 2nd out, which moved Cesar Diaz to 2nd base.
After an intentional walk of Kendall Coleman to load the bases, Luis Ramirez spiked an offering that bounced away from Rodolfo Duran and allowed Andy Diaz to score, just ahead of the tag to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
Williamsport went down in order in the top of the 9th inning, dropping the contest 1-0, and seeing Staten Island complete the three-game sweep.
The Crosscutters return home to start at three-game series against the Tri-City Valley Cats tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
Cutter Carvings - Adam Haseley saw his nine-game hit streak come to and end, going 0-3 with a strikeout... Williamsport finished the series 2-26 with runners in scoring position, leaving 23 runners on base over the three games... The Cutters have now lost four-straight.
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