Cutters Drop Heartbreaker

By Ian Catherine | June 29, 2018 11:03 PM

State College, P.A. - Williamsport blasted three home runs, but could not hold on as they fell to the Spikes in walk-off fashion, 6-5, in State College.

Williamsport jumped out to an early lead, as Alec Bohm capped an 11-pitch at bat with a RBI single to center field, chasing home Rafael Marchan to give Williamsport a 1-0 lead. It was Bohm's first RBI with the Crosscutters.


The Spikes responded in the bottom of the 1st inning, thanks to a Wood Myers RBI single up the middle, scoring Wadye Ynfante to knot the game at 1-1 against Cutters starter Ethan Lindow.


Edwin Rodriguez flexed his muscles in the top of the 3rd inning, drilling a Jim Voyles offering over the right field wall, scoring Matt Vierling on his 2nd home run of the season, giving the Cutters a 3-1 advantage. The two RBI upped Rodriguez's total to eight for the year.


Matt Croon showed off his power in the top of the 4th inning, connecting on an opposite field home run to right field, clearing the 18 foot-high wall to make it 4-1 in favor of the Crosscutters. It was Kroon's first round tripper since joining the Cutters before yesterday's game.


Ethan Lindow was relieved in the bottom of the 6th inning by Abdallah Aris. Lindow allowed the one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out a pair in five innings of work. Lindow left with the lead, looking for his first win of the year.


Matt Vierling added on to the Cutters lead in the top of the 7th inning, sending a Michael Baird pitch over the wall in left for his first home run in a Cutters uniform, advancing the Williamsport lead to 5-1. It was the sixth RBI for Vierling.


Abdallah worked around a base hit in the 6th inning, but ran into trouble in the 7th inning, walking the lead off batter and then allowing a double to Justin Toerner. 


With Nick Dunn at the plate, Rafael Marchan was crossed up, allowing a passed ball, scoring Joe Gomez from 3rd to cut into the Cutters lead, making it 5-2.


Dunn followed with a double to plate Toerner and make it a 5-3 game, and marking the end of the night for Aris. Rafael Carvajal was called upon out off the Williamsport bullpen with one on and np outs.


Marchan threw out Edwin Figuera trying to steal 2nd for the first out and then Carvajal struck out Wadye Ynfante looking for the 2nd out. With Dunn at 3rd, Carvajal spiked an offering that went through Marchan to the back stop, but kicked straight back to Marchan at home, who tagged out Dunn for the final out, ending the Spikes threat.


Carvajal ran into some more trouble in the bottom of the 8th inning, allowing a single and an walk with two outs in the inning before being relieved by Jose Jimenez. Jimenez walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but was able to get Toerner to line out to right to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.


In the bottom of the 9th inning, Jimenez struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a single to Figuera. Luis Ramirez was called out of the pen to try and convert his 4th save of the season.


Ramirez struck out Wadye Infante for the out of the inning, but that would be the only out he would record in the outing.


Bardy Whalen plated Figuera with a single to right, making it a one-run game at 5-4. Wood Myers doubled down the left field line to put the tying run at 3rd and the winning run at 2nd base for pinch hitter Stanley Espinal.


Espinal ripped a single into left-center scoring Whalen and Myers just before the Pelletier throw to give the Spikes their second walk-off win of the season, both against the Crosscutters.


The Crosscutters conclude their series with the Spikes tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.


Cutter Carvings - The Spikes take a 3-2 lead in the 2018 Saw-Buck series...Matt Vierling recorded his 7th multi-hit performance of the season, in his 11th game, going 2 for 4... The three home runs are the most in a game for the Cutters in 2018...It's the 3rd time this season the Crosscutters have lost in walk-off fashion... 

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