Thursday, August 31, 2017

Missed Chances Sink Cutters In OT

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Williamsport, PA -- The Williamsport Crosscutters found themselves with the winning run in scoring position twice, but were unable to cash in, falling 3-2 in 11 innings.
The Williamsport Crosscutters entered play looking to bring their regular season record back to .500 and pick up their 10th win of the season against the Auburn Doubledays, sending Will Stewart to the mound.

Stewart nearly worked around a 1st inning single by Jonathan Pryor, but a passed ball byRodolfo Duran on the would-be 3rd out strikeout of Omar Meregildo extended the frame forJake Scudder.

Scudder singled through the right side, plating Pryor to give the Doubledays an early 1-0 lead against Stewart, who would strike out Andres Martinez to get out of the inning.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Stewart hit Armond Upshaw with a 1-2 back-foot breaking ball to allow the lead off man to reach. Nic Perkins followed with a double into the left-center gap, scoring the speedy Upshaw to extend the Auburn lead to 2-0.

Stewart would settle in, tossing four straight scoreless frames, to keep the Crosscutters in the ball game. The Huntsville, Alabama native finished the night allowing the two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out seven.

The six complete innings was the longest outing of Stewart's professional career, which started in 2015.

The Crosscutters offense was kept silent by Doubledays starting pitcher Seth Romero, who was perfect through the first 3.2 innings, before allowing a broken bat bloop single to Luis Encarnacion, who was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double, ending the 4th.

Romero worked a clean 5th inning, finishing the night not allowing a run, unearned, on one hit and striking out a career-best seven in what was his longest outing of his professional career.

Williamsport was finally able to break through on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th inning. With Luis Encarnacion at 3rd base, Yahir Gurrola chased strike three in the dirt forcing Nic Perkins to throw to 1st, which was low and got away, allowing Encarnacion to score to cut the Auburn lead in half at 2-1.

The Crosscutters got Jake Scheiner to 2nd base with two out in the inning, but were unable to plate him for the tying run.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Nick Maton's two out RBI single plated Jesus Azuaje to tied the game at 2-2. The RBI was the 12th of the season for Maton. It would be the only run the Cutters would score in the frame.

Zach Warren was strong yet again out of the Cutters bullpen, tossing three scoreless, hit-less innings of relief, walking two and striking out five, as the Crosscutters mounted their comeback.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Jake Scheiner popped a ball into shallow right that was misplayed by the 2nd basemen Omar Meregildo, allowing Scheiner to reach 2nd and represent the winning run.

Gilberto Chu was able to retire the next two batters in order to end the Crosscutters 9th inning threat, sending the game to extra innings.

After Luis Ramirez tossed a scoreless top of the 10th inning, Josh Stephen led off the bottom of the frame with his 5th triple of the season, just barely avoiding the tag by 3rd basemen Andres Martinez.

Rodolfo Duran followed with a slow roller down the 3rd base line for a infield single, but with the ball being hit on the left side of the infield, Stephen had to stay at 3rd base, putting Cutters on the corners with no outs.

Jesus Azuaje stepped in with the infield drawn in and grounded right at the 2nd basemen Meregildo who started the 6-4-3 double play, keeping Stephen and the winning run at 3rd base.

Brian Mims would fly out to right field for the final out as the Crosscutters failed to cash in on the lead off triple.

Armond Upshaw led off the top of the 11th with a ground ball to 2nd basemen Jesus Azuaje, who fielded the baseball cleanly, but as he planted to throw to 1st, his back foot slid out from underneath him, allowing the lead off man to reach.

With Upshaw at 3rd base, Ramirez spiked an offering that kicked away from Duran that allowed Upshaw to race home and score the go-ahead run, giving Auburn a 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 11th, Williamsport got a lead off walk from Luis Encarnacion to put the tying run at 1st base.

After a Jake Scheiner fly out to center, Yahir Garrola grounded into a fielder's choice that erased Encarnacion at 2nd base and put the Crosscutters down to their final out of the game.

Malvin Matos grounded to the shortstop Juan Pascal, who bobbled the ball and then proceeded to throw the ball away, allowing Gurrola to advance to 3rd, putting Cutters on the corners.

Josh Stephen grounded a ball up the middle, which was initially mishandled by Meregildo, but the 2nd basemen was able to recover and underhand the ball to the shortstop Pascal covering 2ndto force out Matos and end the game.

The Crosscutters welcome in the Batavaia Muckdogs tomorrow evening, for the final home series of 2017, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark.

Cutter Carvings - The Crosscutters finished the 2017 season 9-9 against the Auburn Doubledays... The extra innings loss dropped the Cutters to 3-7 in overtime this season... Despite out-hitting the Doubledays 9-7, the Crosscutters had one hit through the first six innings..

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