Cutters Set Franchise Mark

Auburn, NY. – By night’s end, the Williamsport Crosscutters pitching staff recorded their 637th strikeout of the season, setting a new franchise record for strikeouts in a single season.

The Crosscutters completed a suspended game to kickoff the day, topping the Doubledays 7-2 to earn the victory as Williamsport takes on the spoiler role.

Colton Eastman started the game last night, going the first three innings by design, in his final start of the season. Eastman allowed one run on a solo home run, striking out five while allowing three hits.

Ben Pelletier knotted the game with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Keudy Bocio, making it 1-1 on Pelletier’s 42nd RBI of the season.

Entering the top of the 4th inning, the Cutters and Doubledays were tied 1-1, by the end of the frame, the Crosscutters were enjoying a 6-1 lead. The Cutters got an RBI knock from Keudy Bocio and then back-to-back two-run, two-out doubles from Alec Bohm and Pelletier to cap the scoring in the inning. Bohm upped his RBI total to 11 while Pelletier upped his to 44 for the year.

The weather turned south, suspending the game before the start of the bottom half of the 4th inning.

When play resumed, Tyler Carr entered for the Cutters, working three scoreless frames, allowing three hits and striking out one as he earned his 3rd win of the season.

Pelletier capped the Cutters scoring in the top of the 6th inning, scoring Jonathan Guzman with a single to center, making it 7-1 Williamsport as Pelletier earned his 4th RBI of the game and giving him 45 RBI on the season.

Randy Alcantara entered in the bottom of the 7th and was rudely greeting, giving up a home run to Ricardo Mendez on the first pitch he delivered. It was the only run Alcantara allowed over three innings of relief, striking out one, as he close out the win.

Juan Escorcia got the start in the regularly scheduled game and had a bit of an up and down outing, taking the loss while allowing three runs on two hits and five walks, striking out six in 4.2 innings of work. The right-hander threw 90 pitches, 53 for strikes, before getting pulled.

The lone Crosscutters run came in the top of the 5th inning, as Brayan Gonzalez reached on a Jamori Blash fielding error, seeing Gonzalez reach 2nd base on a pop up inside the 1st base bag. Jesus Henriquez reached on an infield single to 2nd base, but the throw by Carson Shaddy was errant to 1st base, allowing Gonzalez to run home and plate the Cutters run, making it 1-0.

Escorcia picked up the Crosscutters record-breaking strikeout in the bottom of the 4th inning, striking out Jamori Blash on a pitch in the dirt. Nerluis Martinez applied the tag to complete the strikeout, giving the Cutters their 637th strikeout of the season.

The bottom of the 5th looked to be an easy one for Escorcia, retiring the first two batters on six pitches. With two outs, Escorcia surrendered a double and then back-to-back walks to load the bases. That’s when the Cutters went to Blake Bennett.

Bennett walked the first batter he faced, forcing home the tying run. After the walk, Bennett surrendered back-t-back two-run, two-out doubles to make it 5-1 Doubledays, closing the book on Escorcia in the process.

Bennett worked a clean inning of relief in the bottom of the six, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out one over 1.1 innings of relief.

The Crosscutters conclude their season series against the Doubledays tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Falcon Park.

Cutter Carvings – Williamsport surpassed the 2009 Crosscutters squad and has 639 strikeouts after the completion of the night… Williamsport has outscored their opponents 28-11 over the last five games… It was Nerluis Martinez’s first game since June 26th at Mahoning Valley…