WILLIAMSPORT-Cesar Valera's two-run home run and stellar relief pitching by Jimmy Reed lead the State College Spikes to a 3-1 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Crosscutters starter Drew Anderson entered tonight's matchup with a 2-0 record with a 2.93 ERA. Though he pitched well for the Cutters, Anderson would be handed his first loss as his offense was unable to get him support.
Anderson would finish the night with a starting line of three runs (earned) on five hits allowed in six innings of work. Anderson struck out three and walked two in the start.
Spikes starter Nick Petree came into tonight's start with a 0-1 record with a 1.13 ERA and pitched well against the Crosscutters though he pitched well enough to potentially get his first win, he did not pitch the minimum to qualify.
Petree would finish the night with a starting line of one run (earned) on two hits in four innings of work. Petree struck out three while allowing two walks.
After being sat down in order in the 1st inning, the Crosscutters were able to strike first in the 2nd inning off of the Spikes starter.
Gabriel Lino would work a one-out walk which was followed by a Logan Pierce RBI double to left-centerfield that would plate Lino from first base and give the Cutters an early 1-0 lead.
The Spikes would answer in the top of the 3rd inning off of Anderson.
Trevor Martin led off the 3rd with an infield single. Steven Ramos would advance Martin to second base with a sacrifice bunt. After an Anderson strikeout of Jimmy Bosco for the second out, Cesar Valera connected for a two-run opposite field home run (1) to give the Spikes a 2-1 lead. Anderson would get out of the inning without any more damage allowed.
The Cutters would post a great threat in the 4th inning when Zach Green doubled off the leftfield wall with one out. Gabriel Lino would follow with a walk. With Logan Pierce at the plate, Petree picked off Green and Lino in consecutive plays to erase the threat.
Jimmy Reed followed Petree out of the bullpen and had what is arguably his best outing of 2013. Reed's final line on the night no runs on three hits in four innings of relief. Reed struck out five and did not allow a walk as his gets the win.
State College would make it 3-1 in the 6th inning with an RBI double to right-centerfield by David Washington that scored Mason Katz who had singled on the pitch prior. Both hits came off Anderson with two outs.
Williamsport would show another sign of a potential rally in the bottom of the 6th inning against Spikes reliever Jimmy Reed. Andrew Pullin would single, with one out, followed by a Reed strikeout of Dylan Cozens, Zach Green single up the middle to give the Cutters 2-on with 2-out. Reed would strike out Gabriel Lino to get out of the jam.
Williamsport got three scoreless innings from Lee Ridenhour, Josh Warner and Tyler Buckley that allowed them to enter the bottom of the ninth inning within striking distance.
The Cutters were able to post a quick threat in the bottom of the ninth against Spikes pitch Brady Adamek when Dylan Cozens led off the inning with a single to right centerfield followed by the second wall-ball double by Zach Green that advanced Cozens to third with nobody out.
Adamek was able to retie the next three Cutters he faced including a strikeout of pinch hitter Gustavo Martinez, who was held out of the lineup tonight with a minor lower body injury, to get his second save of the 2013 campaign.
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The Williamsport Crosscutters are off to Niles, Ohio tomorrow, where they will meet up the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in game one 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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