Niles, O.H. - For the second-straight night the Williamsport Crosscutters failed to cash in on scoring chances, as they fell 8-2 in the rubber match against Mahoning Valley.
Seth Lancaster started the scoring for the Crosscutters, plating Danny Mayer on a ground rule double to left-center in the top of the 2nd inning, giving the Cutters a 1-0 lead. For Lancaster, it was his 3rd RBI of the season on his 3rd double.
Jonathan Guzman added on to the Cutters lead, following the Lancaster double with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Edwin Rodriguez, advancing the Williamsport lead to 2-0. For Guzman, it was his 4th RBI on the year.
Cutters starter Gustavo Armas got off to a spectacular start, retiring the first 10 batters that he faced, using his defense to get the majority of the outs.
Scrappers shortstop Tyler Freeman broke up the perfect start and nearly ended the outing after lining a pitch off the mid-section of Armas that ricocheted towards Lancaster at 2nd base.
Armas was checked out by the training staff and after a few pitches, would stay in the ball game.
Richie Placios followed the Freeman single with a double to left, advancing Freeman to 3rd base for Mitch Reeves. Reeves grounded out, allowing Freeman to score and cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Mahoning Valley took the lead for good in the bottom of the 5th inning, using a Simeon Lucas two-run home run off of Armas to take the lead at 3-2. After a Freeman single made it 4-2, Armas was lifted from the ball game for Jose Jimenez.
Reeves singled home Freeman to make it 5-2 and cap the Scrappers scoring in the 5th inning while closing the book on Armas.
The Cutters starter suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs, all earned, on seven hits. The right-hander did not allow a walk and struck out a pair of Scrappers hitters.
Richie Palacios picked up an RBI with a base hit against Jimenez to give Mahoning Valley a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Mitch Reeves capped the Scrappers scoring with a two-run blast off of Jimenez, making it a 8-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th inning, and it would mark the end of the night for Jimenez.
Luis Ramirez tossed the final inning and a third for Williamsport, not allowing a run in the process.
The Crosscutters head home to start a three-game series with the State College Spikes on Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
Cutter Carvings - Matt Vierling had his eight-game hit streak ended, going 0 for 4 in the loss... Alec Bohm was removed from the game after being hit by a pitch in the 6th inning... The Cutters finished the road trip 2-3...
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