Williamsport, P.A.- The Crosscutters for the second-straight night saw an early, multi-run lead dissolve, falling 6-4 to Hudson Valley in the middle game of the series
Colton Eastman gave the Cutters his best performance of the season thus far, throwing a pair of scoreless innings in the front end of a piggyback start. Eastman allowed two hits, a walk and struck out one.
The Cutters offense backed Eastman, plating a trio if runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Seth Lancaster got the scoring going with a two-run single to right field scoring Madison Stokes and Edwin Rodriguez, giving the Cutters a 2-0 lead.
Keudy Bocio capped the scoring in the frame with a RBI fielder's choice that scored Matt Kroon to up the Cutters advantage to 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd.
Jack Perkins was perfect in the back end of the piggyback start, retiring all six batters that he faced over two innings, striking out two Renegades batters.
Robinson Martinez worked scoreless 5th inning, before the Renegades got him in the top of the 6th inning. Martinez allowed a lead off walk, then struck out the next two batters he faced. A two-out single and walk later, Hudson Valley had the bases loaded.
Jacson McGowan ripped a fly ball to centerfield, which looked to be playable for Keudy Bocio, but the Cutters centerfielder got turned around and the ball landed and rolled to the wall, clearing the bases to tie the game and put McGowan at 3rd, base.
Abdallah Aris entered with the go-ahead runner standing at 3rd base. Aris allowed a single to Marvin Malone, scoring McGowan, giving the Renegades the 4-3 lead. A lead they would not relinquish.
Martinez finished the night, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two in his home debut for the Crosscutters.
Hudson Valley scored two more runs against Aris in the top of the 7th inning, taking a 6-3 lead. For Aris, he finished the night, allowing two runs on 1 hit, two walks and striking out one.
Tyler Carr was strong out of the Cutters bullpen, working 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing four hits while not allowing a walk. Oscar Marcelino threw a scoreless 9th, not allowing a single base runner and picking up a strikeout along the way.
Williamsport tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning, getting a RBI single from Ben Aklinski to draw the Cutters within two at 6-4. Unfortunately, the Crosscutters would leave the tying run on base in the frame as the rally efforts came up short.
The Crosscutters conclude their series against the Renegades tomorrow evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.
Cutter Carvings - The Cutters fall to 8-13 at home on the season and fall to 10 games under .500 with the loss... Madison Stokes upped his hitting streak and his on-base streak to six games... The Cutters finished the night 3-13 with runners in scoring position...
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