Niles, O.H. - The Crosscutters watched a 9th inning, three-run lead, evaporate in their 6-5 loss to Mahoning Valley.
Manuel Silva got off to a shaky start in the 1st inning, allowing a pair of runs on a pair of walks and a pair of hits as the Crosscutters found themselves done 2-0 after an inning of play.
Silva settled in after the first inning, working four more innings of shutout baseball. The lefty worked five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and four walks. He struck out four batters, before being relieved in the top of the 6th.
Williamsport's offense got on the board in the top of the 3rd inning, started by a Jesse Wilkening ground rule double down the right field line. Wilkening scored on a Henry Pujols error, cutting into the Scrappers lead at 2-1.
Ben Pelletier lead off the top of the 4th inning with an infield single against Scrappers starter Juan Mota. Mota uncorked a wild pitch allowing Pelletier to reach 2nd base. After a Danny Mayer groundout moved Pelletier to 3rd base, Mota delivered a ball to the back stop allowing Pelletier to score the tying run.
Pelletier was at the start of the Crosscutters three-run 6th inning, which gave the Cutters their first lead of the night.
Jesse Wilkening singled to centerfield wit the bases loaded, scoring Pelletier to give the Cutters a 3-2 lead and keep the threat alive for the Crosscutters. For Wilkening, it was his 2nd RBI of the season.
Williamsport plated their second run of the inning, thanks to a Henry Pujols throwing error that allowed Mayer to score and give the Cutters a 4-2 lead.
Ben Aklinski capped the scoring with a single to right field that scored Matt Kroon and up the Cutters advantage to 5-2. On the play, Wilkening was thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning. For Aklinski it was his 2nd RBI since joining the Cutters, yesterday.
Randy Alcantara took over out of the Cutters bullpen in the bottom of the 6th inning, and gave Williamsport a strong outing, tossing three shutout frames from the 6th through the 8th innings, allowing just one run and striking out a season-high four.
Tyler Carr entered in the bottom of the 9th inning, working with a three-run lead and looking for his first save of the season. Carr got off to a quick, successful start, retiring the first two batters that he faced on six pitches.
Tre Gantt singled into center field to keep the inning and the game alive for the Scrappers. Jose Fermin chopped a ground ball towards 3rd base, in which Alec Bohm charged, but had trouble fielding cleanly, causing his throw to get away and allowing Gantt to score, making it a 5-3 game.
Tyler Freeman was hit by a Carr pitch, which was followed up by a walk of Richie Palacios in a full count to load the bases for the Scrappers.
Abdallah Aris entered with the bases loaded, two outs and the Crosscutters clinging on to a two-run lead.
Aris hit Mitch Reeves, allowing Jose Fermin to score and cut the deficit to 5-4, with the tying run now at 3rd base and the winning run at 2nd base for Hosea Nelson.
Nelson drove a Aris pitch into right-center scoring Freeman and Palacios to give Mahoning Valley a 6-5 walk-off win to open the series.
The Crosscutters look to take the middle game of the series tomorrow afternoon against the Scrappers. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. At Eastwood Field.
Cutter Carvings - Jesse Wilkening recorded his first three-hit games of the season, going 3-3 with a double... It was the fifth time this season that the Crosscutters lost in walk-off fashion... The Cutters failed to get a base hit from the 7th inning on, managing to just get two base runners in the final three innings...
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