July 27, 2013 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - State College Spikes
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 7:05 p.m.
AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS - Washington Nationals (12-26) at
STATE COLLEGE SPIKES - St. Louis Cardinals (19-18)
Game #38 / Home Game #19
State College - RHP Arturo Reyes (0-1, 2.45)
Auburn - RHP Austin Voth (0-0, 2.00)
TONIGHT: Scratch N' Win Saturday presented by SUPERCUTS...Cardinals '80s Throwback Jersey-off-the-Back Auction presented by PSECU and ESPN Radio 1450 benefiting Children's Miracle Network...FIREWORKS Night presented by PSECU and ESPN Radio 1450...National Penn Bank Books and Baseball Night...Girl Scout Night...Post-Game Kids Run the Bases presented by Clinical Outcomes Group, Inc.
TUESDAY NIGHT: T-Shirt Tuesday Giveaway (First 500 Fans, All Ages) presented by BioLife Plasma Serivces...Yuengling Happy Hour (6-7 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Matt Adams Local Legends Bobble Head Giveaway (First 1,000 Fans, All Ages) presented by Beer Belly's and East Coast Health & Fitness...Philipsburg-Osceola Night
-SPIKES FINISH MINI-SERIES AGAINST DOUBLEDAYS TONIGHT: The State College Spikes are set to close a two-game set against the Auburn Doubledays tonight at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College took two out of three against Auburn earlier this season, including a team record-tying 20-hit performance on June 21 at Falcon Park. The Spikes currently sit a game-and-a-half out of the New York-Penn League Wild Card lead. State College is 33-41 all-time against the Doubledays, and 16-20 in home games in the all-time series.
-LAST NIGHT: It was a "happy happy happy" evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday night as 5,256 fans, the largest crowd at the ballpark since 2011, saw the State College Spikes use a big third inning to surge past the Auburn Doubledays and take a 4-1 victory. A large portion of the crowd also came out to see Mountain Man from A&E's hit TV show Duck Dynasty, and both he and the Spikes proved to be a hit with the fans. While the famously slow-moving Mountain Man signed autographs after the end of the game until 12:15 a.m., Carson Kelly and the State College bats quickly put their own stamp on the night with a four-run third inning. Kelly keyed the offensive efforts with his bases-loaded, two-run single to plate the last two runs of the Spikes' big frame, and notched his fourth three-hit game in the last eight days. Kevin Herget went five shutout innings for his fourth win, while Chase Brookshire earned a four-inning save.
-REYES ANSWERS MOUND CALL FOR SPIKES TONIGHT: Right-hander Arturo Reyes heads to the hill for his fourth pro appearance and second start as he gets the ball for State College tonight against the Doubledays. Reyes went four innings in his first start of the season, but took the loss after allowing two solo home runs to Connecticut this past Sunday. The Cardinals' 2013 40th-round draft choice out of Gonzaga was on the Disabled List to start the season, but has allowed just those two runs in 7 1/3 innings to start his career.
-VOTH THE DOUBLEDAYS' CHOICE ON THE BUMP: Right-hander Mason Voth will go to the mound for Auburn tonight. Voth was taken by the Nationals in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Washington, and has been solid so far in his pro career. The Kent, WA native tossed five scoreless frames over two outings for the GCL Nationals before getting the call-up to Auburn. Voth is making his third road appearance, and has allowed right-handed hitters just a .188 average in three starts to this point with the Doubledays.
-STATE COLLEGE MOUND STAFF STIFLING HITTERS: The Spikes are back out in front in the New York-Penn League's team ERA leaderboard, pacing the loop with a 2.54 mark that is just ahead of Tri-City at 2.58. Kevin Herget is now tied for the NYPL lead in wins after earning his fourth yesterday, while Mitch Harris is fifth amond NYPL reliever is least baserunners allowed per nine innings at 7.63.
-SPIKE MARKS: 2009 Spikes pitcher Victor Black made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, becoming the 21st player to reach the major leagues after playing in State College...Black recorded the final out of the eighth inning...Steven Ramos dropped back to second in the NYPL batting race last night...Ramos, at .365, is now nine points back of Avery Romero from Batavia