Cutters Split Doubleheader

July 22, 2018 10:33 PM

Williamsport, P.A.- After dropping the front end, 4-0, the Crosscutters were able to take the back end of the doubleheader with a 2-0 win over West Virginia.

 

Colton Eastman suffered his second loss of the season, in his second professional start of the season, allowing one run over two innings of work. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out three in the loss.

 

Jack Perkins allowed three runs, all earned over his 2 innings of work, while Juan Escorcia worked three shut out innings of relief, walking three and striking out two.

 

The Crosscutters collected just two hits in the game one loss, getting singles from Rafael Marchan in the 1st inning and a single from Jesus Henriquez in the 5th inning.

 

The Crosscutters got off to a better start in the second game, as Ben Aklinski hit a towering home run into the West Virginia bullpen, his 3rd home run of the season, giving him his 12 RBI of the season and the Crosscutters a 1-0 lead.

 

James McArthur was solid in the start, working four shutout frames, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six batters before getting relieved by Randy Alcantara in the 5th inning.

 

Alcantara worked 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and striking out two, but was lifted in the top of the 6th inning after giving up a double to Zach Susi, putting the tying run on base.

 

Keylan Killgore entered, and struck out Edison Lantigua for the 3rd out of the 6th, keeping the lead intact.

 

Williamsport was able to plate an important insurance run in the bottom of the 6th inning, as Ben Pelletier ripped a RBI double down the left field line, chasing home Ben Aklinski from 1st base with two outs. It gave Pelletier his team-leading 19th RBI on the season and his 7th double, while the Cutters lead grew to 2-0.

 

Killgore walked the first batter of the 7th inning, putting the tying run at the plate. Killgore struck out the next three batters he faced, closing out the game and picking up the save, his third of the season.

 

The Crosscutters have an off day tomorrow, but travel to Burlington, Vermont to start a three-game series with the Vermont Lake Monsters on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

 

Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters are 1-1 in doubleheaders... They have thrown three shutouts and have been shutout twice this season... Ben Aklinski's home run was his first at home and the Cutters four at home this season...

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