Cutters’ road trip begins with big defeat

Despite four extra-base hits, Williamsport lost the opener of a six-game road trip, 10-2, to Tri-City on Tuesday night.

The Crosscutters, coming off a 4-2 homestand, recorded just six hits overall, and pitchers Yacksel Rios and Josh Warner combined to give up eight runs. The Cutters took a 2-1 lead in the third, but allowed the ValleyCats a five-run fourth inning.

Tri-City won its second game in a row after losing its previous nine.

Cutters first baseman Logan Pierce hit his fourth home run of the year, a solo shot to left field in the second inning. Dylan Cozens drove in the Cutters’ second run with an RBI double to score Gustavo Martinez.

Williamsport starter Rios was tagged for three hits but five runs in 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Warner relieved Rios and allowed six hits and three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.

It was just the second time this year Williamsport has surrendered 10 runs. The first time came in a 12-6 loss to Jamestown on June 20.