Williamsport (46-30) ran into the same kind of tough pitching that stymied the Threshers this week. The Crosscutters lost a close game against West Virginia Black Bears 2-1 and fell behind in the best of three series.
Alejandro Arteaga pitched well for five innings. He gave up two runs (one unearned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out six. Three Cutters’ relievers shut the Bears down over the final three innings on two hits and a walk. But West Virginia’s pitchers were even better. Dario Agrazal held the Cutters to one run in 6.2 innings on five hits and a walk. He struck out five. Tate Scioneaux faced the final eight batters and gave up one hit while also striking out five.
West Virginia scored first on a solo home run in the second inning. Williamsport got runners into scoring position twice in the first five innings, but couldn’t come up with a key hit. In the fifth inning, the Bears loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a fielding error by Josh Tobias. The Cutters got a double play on a fly out to Zach Coppola, unfortunately the runner scored before the tag at third.
The Crosscutters closed the gap to one run in the seventh when pinch hitter William Cuicas’ sacrifice fly brought home Venn Biter who had reached on a lead off triple. The bullpens prevented any further scoring.
Williams port collected six hits. Tobias and Biter each went 2-4. Mark Laird and Brendon Hayden had the team’s other two hits. Jan Hernandez went 0-4 with 3 strike outs. Biter’s triple was their only XBH. Coppola had two outfield assists. He also threw out a runner at second trying to stretch a single.
Game two of the best of three series will be played on Friday at Susquehanna Bank Park. RHP Franklyn Kilome v. RHP Bret Helton.
Reading (80-61) Rained out. Game two Thursday in Binghamton. Jake Thompson (5-1, 1.80 in 7 starts for Reading) v. Robert Gsellman (7-7, 3.51 in 16 AA starts). Game three has been pushed back to Saturday at 7:05 pm at First Energy Stadium. Fans holding tickets to Game Three/Game A will now be able to use their tickets for Saturday’s game between the Fightins and B-Mets per press release on Reading’s web page.
Lehigh Valley (63-81) Finished fifth in their division.
Clearwater (79-58) Finished first in their division both halves. Best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-0 by Daytona Tortugas.
Lakewood (73-65) Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half). Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.
GCL Phillies (36-24) Finished in second place, four games back.
DSL Phillies (40-32) Finished tied for second place, three games back.
VSL Phillies (30-40) Finished tied for third in a four team league.
Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.
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