Williamsport, P.A. - Three Crosscutters pitcher combined to strikeout 13 Scrappers batters in Williamsport's 4-1 loss to Mahoning Valley.
Francisco Morales battled his command at times, causing his pitch count to rise, which ultimately led to his early departure. The 18 year old allowed two runs over 4.2 innings of work, walking two and striking out five. Morales threw a season-high 88 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Alec Bohm plated the lone Cutters run with a RBI single to center, scoring Ben Aklinski in the bottom of the 1st inning. It was Bohm's 4th RBI in the series and his 9th of season.
Mahoning Valley used a lead off walk and a triple to get on the board against Morales in the top of the 3rd inning. Jose Fermin, who tripled home the tying run, scored the go-ahead run on a Tyler Freeman single, giving the Scrappers a 2-1 lead.
Abdallah Aris entered in the top of the 5th for Morales, working 2.1 scoreless before allowing a triple to Fermin to led off the 8th inning and then a one out walk to Hosea Nelson. Robinson Martinez entered with the two aboard.
Martinez struck out the first batter he faced, but allowed a two-run single to Simenon Lucas on a two-strike pitch, scoring both Fermin and Nelson to up the Scrappers lead to 4-1. It also closed the book on Aris, who finished the night allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out four.
Robinson Martinez struck out the next batter, ending the 8th. Martinez works a scoreless 9th, finishing the night working 1.2 innings of scoreless innings, striking out four. He did allow two inherited runs to score in the outing.
Williamsport, after scoring in the first inning, failed to score the rest of the night, dropping the middle game of the series.
The Crosscutters continue their series with the Scrappers tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05p.m. at BB&T Ballpark.
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