Williamsport, Pa. - The Crosscutters lost 11-2 against the Vermont Lake Monsters on Wednesday night in the opener of a three-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark. Vermont scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back as Williamsport gave up its most runs in a single game this season.
Five errors in the field led to eight of the 11 runs being unearned against Cutters pitching. Williamsport had not allowed double-digits since July 19 of last year when the Cutters lost 13-5 against Batavia.
Logan O'Hoppe blasted a solo home run in the fourth for his second long ball of the year. Corbin Williams snagged his 12th stolen base which is tops in the New York-Penn League.
Albertus Barber thrived in his relief role. The 23-year-old righty from Tulsa, Okla. Racked up five strikeouts in two innings while only allowing a bunt single.
Tainwan native Hsin-Chieh Lin was humming along in relief as well but a walk and an error set the table for a three-run homer by Vermont's Jordan Diaz who leads the league with 20 RBI.
Jose Conopoima (0-2) was tagged with the loss and did not make it through the first inning but all five runs that scored against him were unearned. The opening rally included a pair of two-out errors that would have ended the inning with no damage.
But after one run scored on the consecutive miscues it was a two-run double to left-center for Marty Bechina that made the score 3-0. Then Lawrence Butler legged out an infield hit to bring in another run from second. And reliever Anton Kuznetsov allowed a single to left by Yerdel Vargas for a 5-0 Lake Monsters lead in the first.
The Cutters got one of the them back in the bottom of the first with Corbin Williams single and stolen base, his league-leading 12th of the season. Jake Holmes singled him around to score with the help of a misplayed ball in right to cut the gap to 5-1.
Jordan Diaz belted a double to right-center in the second and then scored on the second error by third baseman Jake Holmes in his first game back with Williamsport.
And the Lake Monsters tacked on another in the third inning with Lawrence Butler reaching on an error to Brayan Gonzalez and scoring on the second RBI hit of the game by Vargas.
Logan O'Hoppe blasted a fourth inning home run out to left to make the score 7-2. But Vermont reliever Jhenderson Hurtado (2-0) found his game after that and retired the next eight batters he faced as part of a four-inning stint before working out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.
Hsin-Chieh Lin was terrific in the fourth and fifth but found difficulty in the sixth with a walk and a throwing error leading up to Jordan Diaz belting his fourth home run of the season for a 10-2 lead.
The Cutters loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh in a potential rally that included singles by Hunter Markwardt and Rudy Rott but Williamsport failed to cut into the lead when the team went down in order after that.
In the meantime, Albertus Barber was terrific in is third appearance of the season racking up five strikeouts in a two-inning stint across the seventh and eighth and allowing only a bunt single that was laid down against the shift.
An RBI triple for Shane Selman in the ninth against Adam Cox completed the scoring in the 11-2 final.
The farm clubs of the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A's will meet again on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. with Penn State product LHP Taylor Lehman the probable starter for the Cutters.
The game marked the first time since 2015 that the Lake Monsters at appeared at Historic Bowman Field. Tonight marked the first non-divisional game of the season for the Crosscutters.
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