Lost In The Fog

By Ian Catherine / Williamsport Crosscutters | August 13, 2017 12:34 AM ET

Williamsport, PA -- Mother Nature made her presence known as the Crosscutters were swept in a doubleheader by the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Williamsport came out of the gate hot in the first game of their doubleheader with the Tri-City ValleyCats, getting back-to-back hits from Nick Maton and Josh Stephen.

 

Maton came into score on a wild pitch by Tri-City starter Leovanny Rodriguez to take an early 1-0 lead. The Crosscutters would leave a pair of runners on in the frame.

 

Tri-City broke through in the top of the 4th inning against Cutters starter Will Stewart, plating a pair of runs on a Adrian Tovalin RBI double and a Colton Shaver RBI sacrifice fly to give the ValleyCats a 2-1 lead.

 

The ValleyCats took advantage of a Jake Scheiner throwing error to lead off the top of the 5th inning, allowing Jacob Meyers to reach 2nd. Meyers proceeded to steal 3rd base and would eventually score on a balk by Will Stewart to give Tri-City a 3-1 lead.

 

Williamsport answered back in the bottom of the 5th inning, getting a two-run double from Josh Stephen that caromed off the glove of Corey Julks' glove in left field, chasing home Luis Encarnacion and Malvin Matos to tie the game at 3-3, giving Stephen his 17th and 18th RBI of the season.

 

Tri-City retook the lead for good in the top of the 6th inning, getting a RBI double from Corey Julks to score Colton Shaver against Cutters reliever Zach Warren, giving the ValleyCats a 4-3 lead.

 

The Crosscutters got a man aboard in the bottom of the 7th, but could not get the tying run across, dropping the first game of the twinbill.

 

Game two of the doubleheader was an offensive struggle, not seeing the first run of the game until the top of the 6th inning, with a thick fog over the BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

 

Gabriel Bracamonte tripled to right-center, on a ball that right fielder Malvin Matos did not see through the fog. Bracamonte scored the go-ahead run on a broken-bat single by Colton Shaver to give the ValleyCats a 1-0 lead.

 

With the bases loaded and no outs, the game went into a thirty minute fog delay.

 

After the delay, the ValleyCats were able to plate two more runs, utilizing a bases loaded walk and a defensive miscue to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the 6th inning against reliever Connor Brogdon.

 

Williamsport would not be able to get a run the rest of the way, going three-up-three-down in each of the 6th and 7th innings against Tri-City reliever Diogenes Almengo, who picked up his 2nd save of the season.

 

Cutters starter Julian Garcia tossed four scoreless innings, allowing one hits, but walked four ValleyCats. The right-hander finished the outing with five strikeouts before being relieved by Connir Brogdon in the 5th.

 

The Crosscutters will conclude their three-game series with Tri-City tomorrow evening, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

 

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