Cutters Stumble At Home

Williamsport, P.A.- The Crosscutters plated a 9th inning run to avoid being shutout for the 2nd straight night, falling 4-1 to the Scrappers.

Juan Escorcia made his third start of the season, and really made just two mistakes over his six innings of work. The first mistake was a lead off walk of Jose Fermin in the top of the 1st, which came around to score the games opening run on a double play, giving the Scrappers a 1-0 lead.

The right-hander then retired the Scrappers in order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings before allowing a two-out single in the top of the 5th, ending a stretch of 13-straight retired batters.

Escorcia’s second mistake came in the top of the 6th inning, hanging a slider to Henry Pujols, who drove the pitch over the wall in left for a two-run home run to extend the Scrappers lead to 3-0.

Escorcia finished the night allowing three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out five batters in the losing effort.

Tyler Carr was strong out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run in his three innings of relief. Carr allowed just two hits and struck out four keeping the Cutters in the ballgame.

The Cutters lone run came in the bottom of the 9th inning on a sacrifice fly from Brayan Gonzalez, plating Ben Pelletier to make it 4-1.

Williamsport finished the night 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.

The Crosscutters will look to avoid the series sweep tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark.

Cutter Carvings – The Cutters fall to 12-15 at home this season and 3-4 in games decided by three runs…Bryan Gonzalez finished the night 2 for 3, picking up his 24th RBI…Through the first two games of the series, both pitching staffs have combined to strike out 42 batters…