Crosscutters blow lead again in loss

The Williamsport Crosscutters blew an early lead and a close game late broke open as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored five runs combined in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away for a 7-2 win Tuesday night at Eastwood Field.

The Cutters took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Edwin Rodriguez’s RBI single to left field that scored Ben Aklinski. Mahoning Valley scored in the bottom half of the inning on a wild pitch and an error.

Tyler Freeman gave the Scrappers the lead in the bottom of the third with a solo home run.

Williamsport’s Madison Stokes tied the game in the top of the sixth for his first homer of the season.

Mahoning Valley, though, added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a triple and three more in the bottom of the eighth inning on two doubles and an RBI groundout.

Ethan Lindow threw six strong innings of four-hit ball, allowing just two runs and striking out eight with no walks.

Juan Escoria and Robinson Martinez each pitched an inning of relief. Martinez got the loss, giving up a hit and an unearned run. Escoria allowed two hits and three earned runs.

Rafael Marchan had two of the Cutters’ seven hits.

The Scrappers, the best team in the Pinckney Division and second best in the New York-Penn League, also had seven hits, but four of them were for extra bases. Williamsport had just one extra base hit, Stokes’ homer.

Juan Mota pitched 6 1/3 innings of six-hit ball, giving up two earned runs. Luis Santos pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, earning the win.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Cutters.

Williamsport stays in Mahoning Valley for one more night and will try to take two of three in the series from the Scrappers tonight at 7:05 p.m. Williamsport has won just two series in the month of July.

After tonight, Williamsport returns home for a three-game series with the West Virginia BlackBears.