STATE COLLEGE -- A night after surrendering a two-run lead to the State College Spikes at Historic Bowman Field, the Williamsport Crosscutters were able to defeat the State College Spikes at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College by a 5-2 score.
It was a pitcher's duel of sorts in State College tonight. Williamsport starter Jon Prosinski had his longest outing of the young year, holding the State College Spikes scoreless for the first three innings while surrendering a pair of hits, including a 1st inning double to Spikes shortstop Cesar Valera.
Prosinski was replaced by Yacksel Rios in the 5th inning. Prosinski would finish the night with 4IP, 1R (1ER) on 4H while not factoring into the decision. Prosinski struck out three batters while not allowing a free pass. The outing is the longest of Prosinski's young professional career.
On the other side of the matchup, Spikes starter Ben O'Shea, who entered tonight's matchup with a 2-0 record and a 3.18 ERA, held the Cutters scoreless for the five innings while allowing a pair of hits, including a 1st inning double by Cutters right fielder Dylan Cozens.
Both the Spikes and the Cutters threatened for runs in the first four innings. The Spikes had runners in scoring position in the 2nd and the 4th innings, while the Crosscutters were able to get a runner into scoring position in the 1st inning.
State College was the first to cash in with runners in scoring position when first basemen David Washington doubled in Bruce Caldwell, who led off the 4th inning with a double of his own. Prosinski followed Washington's RBI double by striking out the next two batters he faced to end the inning.
To say the Cutters offense awoke in the 6th inning is a slight understament.
Malquin Canelo led off the Cutters 6th inning with a double off the base of the left field wall. Jiandido Tromp followed with an RBI double to score Canelo to tie the game 1-1. Tromp took third base on an error by the left fielder Jimmy Bosco. Justin Parr kept the train rolling with an RBI double of his own scoring Tromp to give the Cutters a 2-1 lead. Andrew Pullin followed Parr's double with an RBI single into right-center that scored Parr to give the Cutter's a 3-1 lead.
Ben O'Shea would exit after Pullin's single. O'Shea's final line on the night, 5+IP, 4R (4ER) on 6H and on the hook for the loss after five solid innings to start the game. O'Shea struck out three while walking one and hitting one.
Dylan Cozens welcomed Spikes relief pitcher Jhonny Polanco with a 2-run home run (2) over the 18.55 foot right field wall to make it 5-1 Cutters in the 6th inning. Polanco was able to retire the next three Cutters hitters to get out of the inning.
State College would get a run back in the bottom of the 7th inning on an RBI single by Steve Ramos that scored Bruce Caldwell, who led off the inning with a double to left field.
Mitch Harris entered for the Spikes in the 8th inning. Jhonny Polanco went two innings, allowing one run (earned) on one hit. Polanco struck out two Cutters.
Felix Santos would enter in the bottom of the 8th inning. Yacksel Rios went three innings, allowing one run (earned) on three hits while being the pitcher of record. Rios struck out three while not allowing a walk to a Spikes hitter.
Felix Santos would work two scoreless innings for the Crosscutters to pick up his first save of the season. Santos allowed three hits and a walk in his outing.
Yacksel Rios got the win for the Cutters, Ben O'Shea takes the loss for the Spikes and Felix Santos got the save.
The Sawbuck Series continues Wednesday as the Crosscutters return to Historic Bowman Field for the final game of the three game series at 7:05 P.M. Every Cutters game can be heard on ESPN 1050 AM, 104.1 FM, 1600 AM, or crosscutters.com.
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