Matos Homers In Loss

Williamsport, PA — In what was a frustrating game, Malvin Matos provided the Cutters offense with his second home run of the season in Williamsport’s 6-1 loss.

Auburn jumped out to an early lead in the top of the 1st inning, using three straight singles from Carter Keinoom,Kameron Esthay and Brandon Boggetto to get on the board against Cutters starter Julian Garcia, taking a 1-0 lead.

The Doubledays added on to their lead in the top of the 2nd against Garcia, getting back-to-back doubles fromChance Shepard and Jeyner Baez to take a 2-0 lead.

Garcia settled in, striking out the side in the 3rd innings and tossing a scoreless inning in the 4th, but would allow a run in the 5th inning on a RBI single from Jake Scudder to see Auburn take a 3-0 lead.

The Cutters starter allowed one more run in the top of the 6th inning, as the Doubledays took advantage of a RBI ground out from Baez to score Armond Upshaw to extend their lead to 4-0.

Garcia finished the night after six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits. The right-hander did not allow a walk and struck out five, taking the loss to fall to 3-3 on the season.

Malvin Matos got the Crosscutters on the board in the bottom of the 7th inning, drilling a solo home run into the Auburn bullpen in left, cutting the deficit to 4-1. It was Matos’ second home run of the season and gave him his 14th RBI of the season.

Williamsport threatened in the 7th, getting a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs for Greg Pickett. Pickett battled against reliever Jeremy McKinney, crushing a ball down the right field line for what looked like a game-tying home run, only to see it go foul. Pickett struck out two pitches later, ending the Cutters threat.

Auburn added two more runs against reliever Jhon Nunez in the 8th inning, seeing Omar Meregildo race home on a wild pitch from Nunez to give the Doubledays a 5-1 lead.

With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Andres Martinez popped out in foul ground behind the bag at 1st to Greg Pickett for the 2nd out, but on the play Armond Upshaw creeped down the 3rd base line before dashing towards home, sliding in ahead of the throw to make it a 6-1 Auburn lead.

The Crosscutters went down in order in each the 8th and 9th inning, falling 6-1 to the Doubledays in the middle game of the three-game series, falling to 3-5 against the Pinckney division foe.

The Crosscutters look to take the series tomorrow as they take on the Doubledays. First pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark.

Cutter Carvings – Matos’ home run was the 8th long ball hit by the Crosscutters against the Doubledays this season…Jhailyn Ortiz and Adam Haseley were the only Cutters to record multi-hit games, each finishing 2 for 4… The Crosscutters have been outscored 33-17 in the five losses to Auburn this season…