Williamsport, P.A. - For the second consecutive night, the Williamsport Crosscutter fell to the State College Spikes in extra innings, falling 2-0 at home in the series finale.
Pitching was strong for both teams, and for Williamsport it was Manuel Silva delivering an outstanding performance, tossing six shutout frames, allowing just a pair of hits, both singles to Lars Nootbar. The 19-year old left-hander struck out five Spikes batters before being relived in the 7th inning.
State College received a great start from Angel Rondon, who kept the Cutters off balance through seven shutout frames. The right-hander allowed a pair of base hits and a walk while striking out seven Crosscutters batter in a no decision.
Williamsport spoiled a couple of scoring opportunities in the ballgame, getting runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out in the 4th inning against Rondon, but were unable to plate a run as the Spikes starter struck out Seth Lancaster looking and got Jesus Henriquez to pop out for the final out.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Nerluis Martinez reached 3rd on a throwing error by catcher Matt Duce, with one out in the inning. Reliever Jacob Schlesener struck out Jesus Azuaje and then reliever Gabriel Gentner got Keudy Bocio to pop out in foul ground for the final out.
Against Gentner in the bottom of the 9th inning, Williamsport was able to load the bases with two outs, putting the winning run at 3rd base. Gentner got Jonathan Guzman to strikeout swinging to end the threat and force extra innings for the second-straight night.
Cutters reliever Orestes Melendez gave Williamsport three shutout innings of relief, working around a pair of base hits in the process. The southpaw struck out four Spikes batters while not allowing a walk before leaving way to Luis Ramirez in the 10th inning.
In the top of the 10th, State College started with Justin Toerner at 2nd base, moving him to 3rd with a sacrifice bunt from Brady Whalen. Stanley Espinal drilled a 0-1 offering from Ramirez over the wall for a go-ahead 2-run home run that traveled 416 feet to give the Spikes a 2-0 lead.
The Crosscutters started the bottom of the 10th with Guzman on 2nd base but would only be able to advance him 90 feet as Cory Malcolm retired all three batters he faced, closing out the extra innings win for the visiting Spikes.
The Crosscutters remain at home as they start a three-game set against the Auburn Doubledays tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters fall to 0-2 in extra innings in 2018, after going 3-8 in extra inning games in 2017... Williamsport left eight runners on base in the loss... The Crosscutters finished the night 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position... It's the second time in three games that Cutters pitchers did not allow a single walk...
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