Williamsport, P.A.- James McArthur's five shutout innings helped the Crosscutters top the Renegades 6-2 in the series finale, avoiding the three-game sweep.
James McArthur saw the first pitch he threw get ripped into left for a lead off double by Tyler Frank, but Danny Mayer backed his starter, doubling up Frank with a strong throw from right to erase the lead off double.
McArthur used another doubleplay, this time turned by Jonathan Guzman and Brayan Gonzalez to erase a lead off walk in the top of the 2nd inning, another scoreless frame for the Cutters starter.
Williamsport used a sacrifice fly from Rafael Marchan in the bottom of the 2nd inning, scoring Brayan Gonzalez to break the ice and get the Cutters a 1-0 lead. It was the 3rd time in as many games the Cutters took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
McArthur retired the side in order in each the 3rd and the 4th inning, using his defense well to retire the Renegades efficiently and earn a 5th inning of work. He ran into trouble in the top of the 5th, seeing Hudson Valley placed runners on 3rd and 2nd before getting Gerrett Giovannelli to line out to a leaping Brayan Gonzalez to end the inning and keep the Renegades off the scoreboard.
Randy Alcantara relieved McArthur in the 6th inning, as McArthur threw a career-high five innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out one.
Hudson Valley was able to plate a run in the 6th inning against Alcantara, tying the game at 1-1 and not allow McArthur to factor into the decision.
Alcantara threw a scoreless 7th inning, leaving the go-ahead run standing at 3rd base and keeping the game tied 1-1. He finished the night, allowing one run over two innings of relief, allowing two hits and walking three.
The Cutters offense came to life with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. With the bases loaded, Edwin Rodriguez ripped a Alan Strong offering into centerfield, chasing home Lenin Rodriguez and Rafael Marchan to give the Cutters a 3-1 lead. As Marchan scored, he collided with Hudson Valley catcher Chris Betts causing the baseball to fly down the 1st base line towards right field, allowing Madison Stokes to score, giving the Cutters a 4-1 lead, moving Rodriguez to 3rd.
After Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch, Ben Pelletier drilled a solo home run over the wall in left, his team-leading 4th roundtripper and his team-leading 22nd RBI on the season as the Cutters took a 6-1 lead.
Austin Ross allowed a run in the 9th inning before recording the final out and securing the win for the Cutters. Ross finished the night, allowing one run on one hit and a walk while striking out a pair.
The Crosscutters hit the road, opening a three-game series at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.
Cutter Carvings - The Cutters avoided a three-game sweep with the win... Madison Stokes had his six-game hit streak end, finishing 0-3 with two strikeouts and two walks... Williamsport drew six walks and were hit by two pitches in the win...
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