Nothing beats a “No-No” and last night the Williamsport Crosscutters starting pitcher Feliberto Sanchez and set-up reliever Mark Meadors had one going for seven innings. Had it been a doubleheader game they would have had one. The Cleveland Indians farm team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, finally broke through in the eighth and ninth innings but it was too little too late in the 8-3 Cutters win.
Sanchez walked only two in five innings to get the win and Meadors walked only one in his two innings as they combined to shut down the Scrappers for seven innings on no hits and no runs.
For Sanchez it was his first win of the season after a slow start on the mound but as Manager Shawn William said on the Youngstown Ohio, Vindy.com:
“He, (Sanchez) looked good his last time out even though the numbers didn’t show and tonight he was getting ahead of batters and he had good control,”
Meadors who looked good in the several times I saw him pitch in minor league spring training games was under great pressure to preserve the no hitter said Williams:
“Honestly, I think the pressure of a no-hitter is much tougher on the reliever than it is the starter. They have to sit there and watch the pressure mount as the game goes on.” – See more HERE.
The Crosscutters are the only Phillies stateside team with a winning record at 14-11. They are 7-3 in their last ten games and are the only Phillies team with a chance to make the minor league playoffs. The Cutters are only four games behind the State College Spikes in the Pinkney division and sit only 2.5 games behind the Batavia Muckdogs in the battle for the only wild card berth.
They have an interesting lineup led by outfielders Cord Sandberg (.295), Jiandido Tromp (.279), Aaron Brown ( .296) and Matt Shortell (.306); infielder Derek Campbell (.368); shortstop Emmanuel Marrero (.313); first baseman Rhys Hoskins, (.250) and catcher Deivi Grullon (.275). They are fourth in most offensive team categories in the 14 team NY-Penn League plus second in home runs. Campbell is third in the league in hitting.
Now with Sanchez who had struggled, they have been getting good starting pitching from David Whitehead ( 1.46 ERA), Alejandro Arteaga (3.82 ERA), Mitch Guellar (3.15 ERA) and Matt Imhof (1.29 ERA).
So “let’s hear it for the boys” of the Williamsport Crosscutter! It’s good to know ONE team in the Phillies minor league system, to paraphrase that great manager Lou Brown in Baseball Betsy’s favorite baseball movie, Major League, “looks like they are starting to come together”. The Cutters are definitely coming together as a team in this case for manager Shawn Williams.