Cutters drop third in a row

Alejandro Arteaga lost his sixth consecutive decision and the Williamsport Crosscutters lost for the third consecutive game in a 5-2 loss to Hudson Valley on Thursday night.

Williamsport fell to 24-29 and is 4 games behind Brooklyn in the race for the New York-Penn League’s Wild Card spot.

The Cutters’ Cord Sandberg hit his fourth home run of the season, and his first since July 3, in the fifth inning to cut Hudson Valley’s lead to 4-2, but it was as close as Williamsport got. The Renegades got on the board when Hunter Lockwood hit his 12th home run of the season, tying the Cutters’ Jiandido Tromp for second in the league, off Arteaga.

Arteaga pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Two Hudson Valley relievers combined on three innings of shutout baseball, and Justin McCalvin earned his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Rhys Hoskins was the only Williamsport player with a multi-hit night, going 2 for 3 for the Cutters.

Tromp was hit by a pitch in the first inning in the chin and jaw area and was taken for X-rays following the game. He was replaced by Wilmer Oberto in left field. Tromp is just one home run behind the franchise record for home runs in a season.