Niles, Ohio - The Crosscutters traded a pair of shutouts with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Monday night. Mahoning Valley won the first game 4-0. Williamsport bounced back to win the second game 3-0.
The win was the team's second shutout of the season and also the second time that Williamsport split shutouts in a twin-bill. The Cutters did the same thing on June 17 against West Virginia with a 2-0 loss followed by a 4-0 win. The Game 2 victory also ended Williamsport's five-game losing streak.
Game 1 saw some uncharacteristically shaky defense from Williamsport in the form of five errors in the game that led to all four Scrappers' runs being unearned. Williamsport pitchers gave up zero earned runs in the entire doubleheader.
A three-run rally for Mahoning Valley in the third inning started on a mishandled fly in left by Tucker Maxwell. Johnathan Rodriguez hit a sac fly to bring in the first run and then Jonathan Lopez followed it up with a two-run single off reliever Jake Kinney.
More miscues in the fifth brought in an additional run. Bryan Lavistida reached on a mis-thrown ball by third baseman D.J. Stewart, advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a missed pick-off attempt at first.
The Cutters were led by second baseman Nicolas Torres who collected two of the team's four hits. Lefty Matt Turner (2-0) pitched six stellar innings of three-hit ball to record the win for the Scrappers. It was his second win against Williamsport in less than a week.
The second game proved to be a better performance and included some strong plays and error-free baseall from the Williamsport contingent. Starter Junior Tejada led the way for the combined five-hit shutout. The lefty threw four strong innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts and retired the first 10 straight batters he faced. It was Tejada's second consecutive stellar shutout performance of four innings.
Righty Alejandro Made contributed two effective innings of relief and closer Albertus Barber finished it off for his first career professional save.
Williamsport put together a three-run rally in the sixth inning to break the scoreless pitchers' duel. Hunter Markwardt's infield single brought home McCarthy Tatum for the first run of the game and then Nicolas Torres scored on the same play on an error. Corbin Williams raced home on the back end of a double-steal after Markwardt took second base to account for the game's final run. All of the Cutters scoring came off reliever Francis Cespides who entered in the third in place of starter Brendan Meyer.
The Crosscutters had two bunt hits and two other infield singles to scratch and claw their way onto the bases. Nicolas Torres almost had two bunt singles in the game but his play in the second inning that induced a wild throw was not ruled a base hit.
The Crosscutters aim for their second-straight win in the rubber-match of the three game set on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Carlos Francisco is the probable starter for Williamsport.
The Crosscutters return home on Wednesday to open a three-game series with the Vermont Lake Monsters.
Williamsport had three stolen bases and rates second in the league. Corbin Williams recorded his ninth steal when he took home on a double-steal play with Hunter Markwardt. Williams moved into a five-way tie for the league-lead in the theft department.
The Cutters allowed zero earned runs in the doubleheader and their 3.25 ERA rates fifth in the NYPL and second in the Pinckney Division.
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