WILLIAMSPORT, PA -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. Auburn evened up the series at a game apiece with the victory.
Auburn (18-27) scored single runs in the first and second inning to open up an early lead. Three consecutive singles from Carter Kieboom, Kameron Esthay, and Branden Boggetto drove home the game's first run in the top of the first. Kieboom was the one who eventually scored the run; the 28th overall pick by the Washington Nationals in 2016 went 1-4 in the first game of his rehab stint with Auburn on Sunday. The Doubledays powered across another run in the second inning on back-to-back doubles from Chance Shepard and Jeyner Baez. It was Baez's ninth double and 14th RBI on the season.
The Doubledays tacked on single runs again in the fifth and sixth to double the lead to 4-0. Jake Scudder's RBI single brought home Jonathan Pryor in the fifth, while an RBI groundout from Baez drove in Armond Upshaw in the sixth. Upshaw finished the game 3-4 with two runs scored, while Baez racked up his fifth multi-RBI game of the season.
Wlliamsport (24-19) nearly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. First, Malvin Matos cranked a solo home run to left field with one out to make it 4-1, his second home run of the season. Then, a single from Jake Scheiner and a double from Adam Haseley put runners on second and third with two outs. Greg Pickett came to the plate, and hit a high fly ball with home run distance that curled just foul of the right field foul pole. Jeremy McKinney bore down and struck him out to erase the threat, his lone strikeout of the day. McKinney pitched two innings of relief Sunday.
Auburn added two runs in the top of the eighth to put the game out of reach. Three singles coupled with a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly brought home Omar Meregildo and Armond Upshaw. McKinney pitched a clean eighth and Gabe Klobosits shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth, his fourth straight scoreless outing. The former Auburn Tiger now owns a 1.18 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Doubledays this season.
Nick Raquet earned the win for Auburn. The Nationals third round pick this year hurled five scoreless innings while surrendering three hits. Julian Garcia took the loss, allowing nine hits and four runs (three earned) in six innings pitched. Auburn goes for its third series win in as many chances against Williamsport Monday night at 7:05. The Washington Nationals first round pick this year, Seth Romero, makes his Doubledays debut, while Luis Carrasco counters for the Crosscutters.
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