Morales Suffers Tough Loss

September 2, 2018 8:23 PM

Williamsport P.A. - In his final start of 2018, Francisco Morales pitched well, but the Crosscutters fell 9-1 to the Spikes.

 

Morales worked into the 7th inning for the first time this season, but failed to record an out in the 7th, finishing the night allowing three runs over six innings on three hits and two walks while striking out six.

 

Two of the three hits were home runs, a solo home run in the 2nd inning and a two-run home run in the 7th. The home runs were the 4th and the 5th surrendered by the 18 year old, who finished the night with a team-leading 68 strike outs.

 

The Crosscutters had multiple scoring chances through out the contest, leaving runners in scoring position in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings. Williamsport's lone run came on a two-out double down the left field line by Jesus Henriquez, scoring Danny Mayer in the bottom of the 7th. It was the 15th RBI of the year for Henriquez.

 

State College plated eight of their nine runs from the 7th inning on, scoring two in the 7th, four in the 8th and two in the 9th to put the game out of reach.

 

Robinson Martinez had a tough outing, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over 1.1 innings. Martinez struck out two batters in the outing. Martinez surrendered a home run, as the Spikes hit three home runs in the game.

 

Abdallah Aris allowed two runs over 1.2 innings of work, giving up four hits and striking out one Spikes batter.

 

Williamsport went down in order in the 8th and the 9th, as they dropped the middle game of the series to State College.

 

The Crosscutters continue their final homestand of the season against the State College Spikes at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

 

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