Niles, O.H. - Shortstop Jonathan Guzman connected in his first home run of 2018, as the Crosscutters fell 6-2 to the Scrappers in the middle game of their three-game set.
Guzman's home run came in the top of the 2nd inning off of Scrappers starter Zack Draper, carrying over the wall and into the Cutters bullpen beyond the left field wall. The blast gave the Cutters a 1-0 lead and was the third RBI for Guzman.
The Crosscutters shortstop finished a triple shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4. Guzman was robbed of a potential triple in his final at bat, as Tre Gantt ran down a deep fly ball to right-center.
Mahoning Valley responded in the bottom of the second inning against Cutters starter Juan Escorcia, plating four runs to take a 4-1 lead and chase the Cutters starter.
Escorcia allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out two Scrappers batters. The Cutters left--hander took the loss, his first of the season.
Rafael Carvajal entered with two-outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 2nd inning, striking out the first batter he faced to limit the damage to the four runs.
Carvajal had a near flawless outing, giving up one run on a solo home run by Jason Rodriguez in the bottom of the third inning to make it 5-1 Scrappers.
The right-hander put the home run behind him, allowing the one run on three hits while striking out three Mahoning Valley hitters over 3.1 innings of work out of the Cutters pen.
Lenin Rodriguez drove in his first run of the season, scoring Jonathan Guzman with a single in the top of the sixth inning to cut into the Scrappers lead, making it 5-2. Rodriguez finished the night 2 for 3 with a pair of singles.
Oscar Marcelino took the hill in the bottom of the sixth inning. The right-handed reliever had a strong outing, allowing an unearned run on two hits over three innings of work. Marcelino retired the final eight batters that he faced.
The Cutters were unable to erase the four-run deficit in the top of the ninth inning, falling to the Scrappers, ending their modest two-game winning streak.
The Crosscutters wrap up their three-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At Eastwood Field.
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