Politz Brilliant Again, Spikes Fall Late to Doubledays, 3-1
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Scott Politz produced yet another gem on the mound with seven shutout innings for the State College Spikes, but the Auburn Doubledays scored three runs in the eighth to take a 3-1 decision on Monday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
State College (33-31) remains two games back of the lead in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, a lead held by West Virginia, and the Spikes are now three games back of the lead in the race for the league's lone Wild Card berth.
Politz, who has allowed just one earned run over his last four home starts totaling 24 innings, an ERA of 0.38, yielded just four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. The right-hander out of Yale also struck out four batters.
The game was played on an Old School Baseball Night, with a minimum of bells and whistles to the ballpark presentation, and there were a minimum of bells and whistles on the scoreboard as the Spikes and Doubledays (22-40) battled through seven innings to a scoreless tie.
In the eighth, however, Ricardo Mendez singled to left with one out and moved to second on Albert Carillo's two-out single to right. Eric Senior then brought them both in with a double to left field, and scored himself on Onix Vega's double to right-center field.
State College, after facing a similar deficit in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader and winning, battled back again in the ninth to plate a run on an error by Mendez in right field. However, with runners on first and third and no outs, the Spikes followed with a strikeout and a double play to end the game.
Cameron Dulle (1-1) took the loss after yielding all three Auburn runs on a total of four hits over 2/3 of an inning.
Auburn reliever Lucas Knowles (1-0) picked up the victory by pitching the last three innings. Knowles allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
Donivan Williams produced the Spikes' lone multi-hit game, while Pedro Pages went 1-for-4 to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.
The Spikes will now send five players - Martin Figueroa, David Vinsky, Andrew Warner, Andre Pallante and Hector Villalobos - to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game in Staten Island, NY on Wednesday.
The All-Star festivities will also include the induction of the Spikes' late bench coach, Josiah Viera, in the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies to be hosted by Spikes Manager of Communications Joe Putnam are set to take place at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George before the game on Wednesday, with Josiah to join Gene Baker, Jane Rogers and Bernie Williams in the NYPL Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Following the break in the NYPL schedule for its annual showcase event, the Spikes will begin a three-game visit to Western New York on Thursday with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Dwyer Stadium against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins). Pitching assignments for Thursday's game have not been announced for either team.
The Spikes then return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park after the jaunt to Batavia for a three-game home set against the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates) that starts with Sunday's Trace McSorley Bobblehead Giveaway presented by The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center and State College's ESPN Radio 1450 for the first 1,000 fans with FIREWORKS after the game presented by First National Bank.
Tickets for all four games remaining on the 2019 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.
Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Thursday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Dwyer Stadium. The Spikes' radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the "Listen Live" link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by the club's flagship radio home, NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, as well as the TuneIn Radio app.
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New York-Penn League Stories from August 19, 2019
- Rutschman's Five Hit Night Fuels Comeback Win - Aberdeen IronBirds
- Politz Brilliant Again, Spikes Fall Late to Doubledays, 3-1 - State College Spikes
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- Black Bears Lose in Gutsy Extra-Innings Battle - West Virginia Black Bears
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- Crosscutters Win Wild Extra-Inning Game at West Virginia - Williamsport Crosscutters
- 5-Run 8th Leads Aberdeen Past Vermont 8-2 - Vermont Lake Monsters
- Cyclones Sweep Their Way into All-Star Break - Brooklyn Cyclones
- Doubledays Drop Doubleheader to Spikes - Auburn Doubledays
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