Williamsport starting pitcher Mitch Gueller surrendered a career-high seven runs, all earned, as the Crosscutters fell to the Auburn Doubledays, 8-0, Sunday.
Gueller allowed at least six runs for the second time in his last three starts as he fell to 5-5 in his first start after a pitching an inning in the New York-Penn League All-Star game last week.
After two scoreless innings to start the outing, Gueller surrendered all seven runs in the third inning. He was relieved by Ricky Bielski with two outs in the third inning, marking the first time this year Gueller has failed to finish at least four innings.
Osvaldo Abreu triple in a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning, and Matthew Page tripled home two of his own.
Five Williamsport relievers combined to allow just one run over 5 1/3 innings, surrendering just four hits and striking out four.
The Cutters' offense recorded seven hits as it was shut out for the ninth time this year, the second-highest total in the New York-Penn League. Emmanuel Marrero recorded two hits for the Cutters. All seven of the team's hits were singles.
Williamsport fell to seven games behind Brooklyn in the Wild?Card standings and had its elimination number reduced to two. A combination of two Crosscutters losses or Brooklyn wins will eliminate the Crosscutters from playoff contention.
The Cutters continue their road trip today at Batavia.