Williamsport, P.A. - The Williamsport Crosscutters saw an early lead dissolve in a rain shortened game against the Auburn Doubledays, falling 5-3.
Before the game got underway, the Crosscutters and Doubledays had to sit through an 1 hour and 17 minutes weather delay that produced rain along with thunder and lightning.
Jack Perkins made his Crosscutters debut, and got off to a nice start, retiring the first two batters that he faced in the top of the 1st inning, including his first strikeout. But the Doubledays recorded three-straight two-out singles to produce the first run of the game on a Isreal Pineda knock that scored Jacob Rhinesmith to give Auburn a 1-0 lead.
Williamsport mirrored Auburn in the bottom of the 1st, recording three-straight two-out singles after their first two batters were retired. Ben Pelletier's single to center plated Alec Bohm to tie the game at 1-1, giving Pelletier his team-leading 9th RBI on the season.
Perkins retired the Doubledays in order in the top of the 2nd inning, striking out a pair of batters in the process. Perkins allowed the one run on three hits, while striking out four in his Cutters debut.
The Cutters took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning, using RBI singles from Rafael Marchan and Alec Bohm in back-to-back at bats to take a 3-1 advantage. For Marchan it was his 3rd RBI and for Bohm, his 2nd.
James McArthur took to the hill in the top of the 3rd inning in the back end of a piggy-back start. McArthur allowed a lead off double to Gage Canning, who would score on a McArthur wild pitch to cut the lead to 3-2.
McArthur worked out of a bases load jam in the top of the 4th inning, using a pair of strikeouts along the way. McArthur finished his Cutters debut, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Juan Escorcia entered in the top of the 5th inning, and struggled with his command. After a lead off single, Escorcia walked the next three batters that he faced, forcing home the tying run to make it 3-3.
Ricardo Mendez gave the Doubledays the lead for good with a RBI single off of Escorcia to make it 4-3. Escorcia got an inning-ending double play to avoid any other damage in the inning and keep it a one-run game.
After a scoreless 6th inning, Escorcia battled his command again in the top of the 7th inning, despite striking out the first batter he faced. After a one-out single, Escorcia walked the next three batters he faced, forcing home Pineda to make it a 5-3 Doubledays lead.
The Crosscutters tried to get the offense going in the bottom of the 6th inning, stranding a pair of runners, before going down in order in the bottom of the 7th inning.
The game went in it's second rain delay after the end of the 7th inning and was called as an official game at 11:19 p.m.
The loss was the fourth-straight for the Williasmport Crosscutters, which continues their longest skid of the 2018 season, dropping them two games under .500 on the season with a 7-9 record.
The Crosscutters conclude their series with the Auburn Doubledays at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field tomorrow evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Cutter Carvings - Alec Bohm recorded his first multi-hit game in a Cutters uniform, finishing 2 for 4... It was the second time the Cutters have been involved in a rain shortened game, posting a 1-1 record in those games... The Cutters are now 0-5 when trailing after six innings...
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