State College - For the second night in a row, the Crosscutters watched their opponents celebrate an extra-innings walk-off victory as the Spikes took the night cap 5-4 in 8-innings.
The Crosscutters completed a game suspended on August 16th, due to lightning, in the first of two games against the Spikes. The Cutters resumed play, trailing 3-0 heading into the 5th inning.
In what turned out to be a pitchers duel, the Crosscutters failed to plate a run, falling 3-0 and being shutout for the 5th time this season.
Manuel Silva took the loss, having allowed three runs in the bottom of the 1st inning when the game started on the 16th. Silva's final line, three runs, all earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. One of the three hits was a solo home run.
Jose Jimenez took over on the mound when play resumed tonight, working three shutout frames, going from the 5th through the 7th inning, allowing a pair of hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jimenez worked around a couple errors in the outing.
Oscar Marcelino pitched a perfect inning of relief in the bottom of the 8th inning, picking up a strikeout in the process.
The Cutters had at least one base runner in every inning from the 6th inning on, but failed to get a runner to 2nd base, falling 3-0 in the completion of the game from August 16th.
In the 2nd game, the Cutters offense came out swinging, as Ben Aklinski drove a triple to deep left-center, and scored on a wild pitch from Diego Cordero on the very next pitch, giving the Cutters and early 1-0 lead.
Seth Lancaster led off the top of the 2nd inning with a triple to deep right-center field, being scored two pitches later on a RBI single by Jesse Wilkening to up the Cutters advantage to 2-0 on Wilkening's 7th RBI.
James McArthur got the start for the Cutters and was light's out, working three shutout frames, allowing one beases runner on a Alec Bohm error. The right-hander struck out a pair and lowered his ERA to 0.64 with the outing.
Rafael Carvajal took over in the bottom of the 4th inning, and threw a scoreless frame, working around a lead off double, mainly because of a stellar defensive play by Bohm, who fielded a ground ball at 3rd, tagged the runner leading off 3rd and then threw across the diamond off-balanced to complete the inning-ending double play.
Carvajal wasn't as fortunate in the bottom of the 5th inning after giving up a lead off double. The Spikes used the double and a Bohm error to spark a four-run inning, to take the lead at 4-2 through five innings. Carvajal did not record an out in the 5th, allowing the first three batters to reach and being relieved by Austin Ross.
Carvajal's final line, three runs, one earned, on three hits without allowing a walk or recording a strikeout.
Ross allowed a run of his own in the four-run 5th, but threw a scoreless 6th inning, finishing the night allowing one run, unearned, on two hits and striking out two over two innings of relief.
Seth Lancaster knotted the game in the top of the 6th inning, drilling the first pitch that Winston Nicasio delivered over the right field wall to plate Edwin Rodriguez. It was the first professional home run for Lancaster and upped his RBI total to 10.
Abdallah Aris entered in the bottom of the 7th inning, and was able to work around a bases loaded situation, leaving the winning run at 3rd, forcing a comebacker to the mound, in which Aris flipped to Wilkening at the plate for the final out.
After the Cutters failed to score their placed runner in the top of the 8th inning, the State College Spikes were able to get to Aris, as pinch-hitter Brady Whalen singled to shallow left, scoring placed runner Stanley Espinal to give the Spikes the 5-4 walk-off win.
The Crosscutters return home tomorrow, playing host to the State College Spikes for the final two games of the series. First pitch at BB&T Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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