Bullpen Leads Cutters

By Ian Catherine | June 15, 2019 10:54 PM

State College, P.A. - Utilizing 14 strikeouts over seven shut out innings from the bullpen, the Crosscutters earned their first win of the season, a 5-4 win over the Spikes.


The Cutters for the second-straight night delivered the opening run in the 1st inning, as Julio Francisco swiped home as a part of a double steal, giving the Cutters a 1-0 advantage.


Williamsport added to their lead in the top of the 3rd as Brayan Gonzalez laced a Francis Ventura offering into center, scoring Corbin Williams to give the Cutters a 2-0 advantage on Gonzalez's first RBI of the season.


Carlos Francisco worked a pair of scoreless frames to open his first start of the season, but was chased in the 3rd inning after allowing four runs on three hits without recording an out. Francisco exited with an apparent injury.


Michael Gomez entered with a runner at 2nd base and no outs, only to retire the next three batters, recording a pair of strikeouts to end the 3rd with the Spikes leading 4-2.


Gomez worked a clean frame in the 4th inning, striking out two more. He finished the night, throwing a pair of scoreless frames, retiring all six batters he faced, with four strikeouts.


Tom Sutera was the scheduled back-end of the piggyback start and tookmover for Gomez in the bottom of the 5th inning. Sutera picked up where Gomez left off, retiring the first six batters he faced, striking out four. Sutera worked around a single in the 7th inning, striking out two more to give him six punch outs over three shutout frames.


Williamsport's offense was able to chip away at the Spikes lead in the bottom of the 8th inning on a throwing error by Spikes pitch Jacob Schlesener that allowed Corbin Williams to score and bring the Cutters within one at 4-3.


Anton Kuznetsov took over for the Cutters in the bottom of the 8th an found himself in trouble after back-to-back singles to lead off the frame. Kuznetsov responded with back-to-back strikeouts and got a line out to end the frame, keeping the deficit at one.


The Cutters offense took advantage of a pair of Spikes defensive errors in the top of the 9th inning, scoring a pair of runs to re-take the lead. The first of the two runs came on a Christian Valerio sacrifice fly to to right field scoring Nick Matera to tie the game.


Later in the inning, Spikes reliever Eli Kraus uncorked a wild pitch allowing Seth Lancaster to race home a score the go ahead standing up, giving the Crosscutters a 5-4 lead.


Blake Bennett closed out the win for the Crosscutters, working a clean frame in the bottom of the 9th inning, striking out a pair of Spikes including Andres Luna for the final out.


The Crosscutters return home to start a two-game series with the West Virginia Black Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.


Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters did not commit an error, a night after committing seven errors... Williamsport's pitching staff finished with 16 total strikeouts... Seth Lancaster was the first Crosscutters to record a three-hit game, going 3-4 with three singles...

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