Cutters get out-hit, but still defeat Mahoning Valley
Wiliamsport collected just sixt total hits in nine innings against Mahoning Valley, but the Crosscutters used timely hitting when needed to defeat the Scrappers, 3-1, on Sunday evening.
The win improves the Crosscutters to 29-34 on the year, five games out of the wild card as the New York-Penn?League enters its all-star break.
After three innings of a 1-all deadlocked game, Williamsport collected half of its total hits in the fourth inning to reclaim the lead.
Derek Campbell hit his 19th double of the year on a line drive to center field to start the top of the fourth off new pitcher David Speer, who replaced Julian Merryweather after three innings.
After Williamsports next two batters both got out – on a fly and striking out, respectively – Chase Harris came through with an RBI-single to left to bring Campbell home before Deivi Grullon singled to right to move Harris to third.
The Crosscutters then added another insurance run in the top of the eighth inning.
After another pitching change, Cord Sandberg reached on a fielding error before heading to second. It allowed Derek Campbell to come through with an RBI-single on a grounder to left to bring Sandberg home. Campbell was left stranded as Williamsport’s next two batters ended the inning with Williamsport up, 3-1.
Campbell had Williamsport’s lone extra base hit – a double -?while also being just one of two Crosscutters to record multiple hits in the win.
Deivi Grullon also had two hits, going 2-for-4, while Campbell went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
Mahoning Valley collected nine hits off Williamsport’s pitchers, as Yonathan Mendoza, Francisco Mejia and Bradley Zimmer all had two hits in the loss.
Steven?Patterson had Mahoning?Valley’s lone extra base hit as well, collecting his 18th double on the season.
Mahoning Valley struggled with base-runners in scoring position, going 2-for-9 while ending the night stranding 10 runners on base.
While the Crosscutters did get the win, they went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding seven.
Brandon Leibrandt (2-2) earned just his second career win on Sunday, pitching five innings, scattering five hits, allowing just one run – earned – while striking five batters out.
Matt?Hockenberry and?Calvin?Rayburn each came in for two innings of relief a piece, scattering two hits each while both issued a walk.
Rayburn got the saev, his eighth of the season.
Speer (1-1) got the loss for the Scrappers.
The league has off tomorrow, as no New?York-Penn League games are scheduled until Wednesday, the day after the league’s annual all-star game, set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Williamsport hosts Mahoning Valley on?Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.