Niles, O.H.- The Crosscutters pitchers set a new season-high, combining to strike out 17 batters, in the Cutters 6-5 loss to the Scrappers in the series finale.
Francisco Morales was able to work through some troubles through the first two innings of his start against Mahoning Valley, striking out three in the process.
Williamsport got Morales a 1-0 lead thanks to a RBI double from Keudy Bocio, scoring Jonathan Guzman for the games first runs. It was the first double of the season for Bocio and gave him his 9th RBI.
The Scrappers would answer in the bottom of the 3rd inning, using a two-out triple for Tyler Freeman to tie the game at 1-1.
In the bottom of the 4th inning, thing fell apart for the Cutters starter, surrendering the lead on a two-run double by Henry Pujols to make it 3-1. Two walks later, the bases were loaded for Freeman and the Cutters went to the pen.
Austin Ross entered and Freeman ripped a bases clearing double left-center giving the Scrappers a 6-1 lead, with all six runs charged to Morales. Ross got out of the inning, not allowing another run to score.
Morales final line, 3.2 innings allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out six.
Ross would work the next two innings, not allowing a run and striking out six batters to keep the Cutters in the ballgame, before getting relieved in the bottom of the 7th inning by Oscar Marcelino.
Ben Aklinski led off the top of the 6th inning with his 4th home run of the season, sending a Luis Oviedo offering over the wall in left. Aklinski is now tied for the team lead in home runs with Ben Pelletier. It cut the deficit to 6-2.
Keudy Bocio came up big again for the Cutters ripping a two-run double to left field, scoring Brayan Gonzalez and Jonathan Guzman to bring Williamsport within two. For Bocio it was his 2nd double of the night and of the season.
Marcelino worked around a double in the bottom of the 7th inning, striking out the other three batters he faced in a scoreless frame before Jose Jimenz entered and struck out a pair in a scoreless 8th inning, working around a single.
In the top of the 9th inning, Brayan Gonzalez led off with a walk, and would score on a wild pitch to bring the Cutters within one at 6-5 with two outs. It also put Jonathan Guzman at 3rd base with Ben Aklinski at the plate. Unfortunately Aklinski went down swinging to end the ballgame and the Cutters rally.
The Crosscutters head back home to start a three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark.
Cutter Carvings - Jonathan Guzman finished the night 3 for 3, scoring two runs...It was the first multi-RBI game of the season for Keudy Bocio...The Cutters are now 3-6 against the Scrappers with six more meetings remaining, all in Williamsport...
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