WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-1 on Saturday night. The Crosscutters now trail the Doubledays in the season series four games to three.
Auburn (17-27) opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. Andres Martinez walked with two outs, proceeded to steal second base, and came home on Armond Upshaw's line drive into short right field. It was Upshaw's second RBI of the season against the Crosscutters, and his third overall on the campaign.
Williamsport (24-18) took the lead with a power burst in the bottom of the fifth. Rodolfo Duran tripled to the right field gap with one out in the inning and came home when the next batter, Brian Mims, hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field. The next batter, Nick Maton, promptly homered to right field, giving the Crosscutters their first lead at 2-1. It was Maton's first home run of the season.
The Crosscutters threatened to increase the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Two walks and a single loaded up the bags with two outs, but Jake Scheiner struck out swinging at the hands of Alex Troop to end the threat. Troop pitched 4.1 innings of relief, surrendering the two runs in the fifth while striking out five Crosscutters.
Williamsport would indeed add insurance in the bottom of the eighth. A single and a walk put runners on first and second with two outs, with Josh Stephen coming to the plate. The California native proceeded to tap a slow roller down the first base line, but Jake Scudder threw the ball wide of the covering pitcher Jared Brasher and brought home another run. That would be all the runs the Crosscutters would need, as Luis Ramirez slammed the door shut with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The Doubledays failed to register a hit in the final five innings.
Will Stewart picked up the win, allowing one run while striking out four in his five innings of work. Alex Troop took the loss in relief for Auburn. The lefty struck out five Crosscutters. David Parkinson starred in relief for Williamsport. The former Ole Miss Rebel pitched three scoreless and hitless innings, striking out three.
The Doubledays can even the series at a game apiece tomorrow afternoon at 5:05. Nick Raquet starts for Auburn, while Julian Garcia counters for Williamsport.
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