Six-Run Ninth Lifts Doubledays Past SpikesAugust 19, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Auburn Doubledays
The Spikes were ahead 5-4 entering the top of the ninth. The bottom of the Auburn lineup was due up, and State College brought in RHP Kyle Haynes (2-2) to begin the inning, looking for his seventh save in as many attempts. Haynes began the inning by walking 3B Wes Schill. Catcher Spencer Kieboom then singled to left, allowing Schill to advance to third. A fielding error by Spikes SS Chris Diaz allowed Schill to score and tie the game at five. State College committed two more errors in the inning, and combined with two more timely hits by the Doubledays, Auburn had ended up scoring six runs before an out was made.
The Spikes almost overcame their defensive miscues in the bottom of the inning. Center Fielder Tyler Gaffney lead off with a double, his third extra-base hit of the night. Two batters later 3B D.J. Crumlich doubled on a line drive to center field, closing the deficit to four. Catcher Jacob Stallings then smashed a two-run homerun over the left field wall to bring about the final score.
State College put Haynes in a position to try and get a save when it broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth. Right Fielder Jesus Vasquez leadoff the inning by belting a solo homerun over the left field wall, his team-leading fourth of the summer. It was another solo shot from to Vasquez to begin the sixth that had tied the score at 4-4.
The first four Doubledays runs all came in the top of the fourth. Back-to-back walks to begin the inning put two aboard with no outs. Starting RF Wander Ramos then grounded into a fielder's choice, putting runners on the corners with one out. Then came a string of four consecutive hits, which included three singles and one double. The four hits drove in three runs, with the other run in the inning scoring on a throwing error. The Spikes finished the game with four errors.
State College had lead 2-0 before Auburn's fourth inning, four-run barrage. Gaffney scored each of those first two Spikes runs, as he tripled in both the first and third innings. In the first he scored from third on a groundout to short by LF Walker Gourley, while in the third he scored on a throwing error by Schill.
LHP Blake Monar started for the Doubledays and went four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, while also walking and striking out four. Auburn used five pitchers total with LHP Andrew Wall (1-0) pitching two innings in relief to pick up the win. RHP Derek Self recorded the final out in the ninth to earn his 11th save of the summer. Haynes suffered the blown save and loss for State College.
The Doubledays return home on Sunday August 19 to play two games against the Batavia Muckdogs. The first game will be the completion of a game that was suspended due to rain on July 22 in the bottom of the eighth. That game will resume at 5:05pm and will be followed by a full nine-inning a half hour after it ends. It will be a Time Warner Customer Discount Night, and children 12 and under are invited to run the bases following the game thanks to the Tompkins Trust Company. Tickets available by calling the Doubledays box office at 315-255-2489 or by going online to www.auburndoubledays.com.
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