Spinners hold off Cutters’ rally late
LOWELL – The Crosscutters made it interesting in the seventh inning by plating three runs to make it just a 1-run deficit, but Lowell held on for a 6-5 victory and kept Williamsport from getting closer in the wildcard chase of the New York-Penn League on?Sunday afternoon.
Williamsport drops to 26-30 and is 4 games out of the wildcard.
The?Crosscutters led things off in the seventh thanks to an Emmanuel Marrero double, his tenth of the year, to left field before Cord?Sandberg flew out to center to move Marrero to third.
With two outs, Aaron Brown came through with a big double to center on a line drive to bring Marrero home before a wild pitch brought Brown to third. Rhys Hoskins then hit a home run to left field to make it a 6-5 game.
Both?Williamsport and Lowell (26-29) collected 11 hits and neither team committed an error.
The Spinners broke the scoreless game open with a 3-run fourth inning.
Lowell started the fourth off with a string of three consecutive singles to load the bases before Nick Moore doubled on a line drive to bring two runs in.
The Crosscutters never tied the game, and trailed by a run twice, making it a 3-2 game after five innings.
Marrero singled with two outs to right field to bring Derek?Campbell home, who reached on a double, before a Sandberg double brought Marrero home in the fifth.
Williamsport struggled with runners in scoring position, going 3-for-13 and leaving six runners on base in the game.
Mitch Gueller threw 5.1 innings for Williamsport and picked up the loss, giving up nine hits and striking out two.
The Crosscutters sit behind Staten?Island, Lowell, Connecticut and Brooklyn in the wildcard chase. The Cyclones and Tigers are both in the lead.