Niles, O.H. - Ben Aklinski recorded five RBI in the Crosscutters 8-4 win over Mahoning Valley on Sunday afternoon, taking the middle game of the series.
In what was looking to be a good pitching duel, the Scrappers got on the board in the bottom of the 1st inning against Cutters starter Jake Perkins, using a Jose Fermin lead off double to set things up. Richie Palacios plated Fermin with a single to left, giving the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.
Perkins would not surrender another run over his next two innings of work. Allowing one run on three hits, while striking out a batter over three innings. Perkins was relieved in the bottom of the 4th inning, after working the first part of a piggyback.
James McArthur entered in the bottom of the 4th inning, working back-to-back scoreless frames in the 4th, using an around the horn double play started by Alec Bohm and then retiring the Scrappers in ored in the bottom of the 5th.
Seth Lancaster started off the Crosscutters 5th inning with a single to right field, advancing to 3rd base on an errant pick off throw by Scrappers starter Luis Oviedo. Ben Aklinski rolled a Oviedo offering towards 3rd base, reaching on an infield single and allowing Lancaster to score to tie the game at 1-1. It was Aklinski's 3rd RBI of the season.
Mahoning Valley retook the lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, taking advantage of a Tyler Freeman walk. Palacios ripped a triple to deep right-center, just out of the reach of Aklinski's diving effort, giving the Scrappers a 2-1 lead.
Aklinski's impact on the ball game wasn't just on the offensive side, as Mitch Reeves lined out to Aklinski, who fired a frozen rope to the plate to nab Palacios easily, ending the Scrappers 6th inning threat.
Defense turned into offense in the top of the 7th for the Crosscutters right fielder, as Alinski drilled a three-run home run over the bullpen in left, scoring Lancaster and Keudy Bocio to give Williamsport their first lead of the game at 4-2. It was Aklinski's 1st home run of the season and upped his RBI total to 6 for the season.
Juan Escorcia entered in the bottom of the 7th inning, relieving McArthur after three innings of work. McArthur allowed one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one.
Escorcia retired the Scrappers in order, on six pitches in the bottom of the 7th inning, providing a shut down inning.
Matt Kroon continued the Cutters offensive outburst, leading off the top of the 8th inning with a hustle double to right field, beating the throw from Ronny Dominguez. Seth Lancaster and Keudy Bocio drew back-to-back one-out walks to load the bases for Williamsport.
Rafael Marchan flopped a single into shallow center, allowing Kroon to score and give the Cutters a 5-2 lead on Marchan's 4th RBI of the season and keeping the bases loaded for Aklinski.
Aklinski grounded out on a slow roller to 3rd base, chasing home Lancaster to give the Cutters a 6-2 lead and give Aklinski his 5th RBI of the day and his 7th RBI of the season.
Alec Bohm capped the scoring, singling on a line into center field to score Bocio and Marchan to advance the Williamsport lead to 8-2. For Bohm is gave him 4th RBI on the season.
The Scrappers attempted to mount a late-inning rally for the second straight night, scoring two runs against Escorcia in the bottom of the 8th inning, making it 8-4 going into the 9th inning.
Escorcia retired the Scrappers on three-consecutive flyouts in the bottom of the 9th inning, closing out the win for McArthur and recording his first save of the season.
The Crosscutters look to take the series against the Scrappers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At Eastwood Field.
Cutter Carvings - The 5 RBI from Ben Aklinski is the most for a Crosscutters player this season... The Aklinski home run was the first for Williamsport in the month of July and the first since June 28th at State College... Five different Cutters finished the night with two-hits...
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