Cutters squander lead

Williamsport squandered a three-run seventh-inning lead and in turn dropped its third straight game Thursday night, losing 5-4 at Staten Island.

Cutters starting pitcher Brandon Leibrandt provided a bright spot in the loss, shining in his New York-Penn League debut. Leibrandt allowed just one run and three hits in six strong innings while striking out seven. When he exited the game, Williamsport led 4-1.

Staten Island scored four seventh-inning runs after reliever Nathan Thornhill retired the Yankees first hitter. Austin Aune ignited the rally with a home run to center field before the Yankees scored three two-out runs and went ahead to stay.

Williamsport was held hitless over the last two innings and Conor Mulee struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save.

Williamsport concludes its three-game series Friday at Staten Island and is hoping to avoid a three-game sweep.