Spikes Succumb to Crosscutters' Late Flurry in 7-5 Defeat
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The State College Spikes led for most of Wednesday night's series opener at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, but five runs in the seventh for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers enabled them to take a 7-5 decision.
The Spikes (29-29) opened up a 5-1 lead through six innings. The advantage was built thanks to Moises Castillo taking home on a double steal in the first, Dariel Gomez's RBI double in the second, and a trio of State College runs in the sixth on Terry Fuller's triple, a sacrifice fly from Pedro Pages, and Gomez's RBI single.
However, an error by Brylie Ware with two outs in the seventh opened the door for Mahoning Valley (27-30) to surge forward. Brayan Rocchio's single brought in the first run, with a Jacob Schlesener pitch hitting George Valera with the bases loaded two batters later to make it 5-3.
Will Brennan then delivered the key hit of the game, driving in two runs with a single to right that was erred upon to score another run and give the Scrappers a 6-5 lead.
Jonathan Lopez then completed the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
In all, State College committed four errors, and none of the seven runs allowed by Spikes pitchers were earned.
The game was delayed by rain for 50 minutes as the fourth inning was about to begin, cutting short Scott Politz's start for the Spikes. Politz was tagged for one run on a Henderson De Oleo single in the second, and allowed a total of four hits and a walk while striking out one batter over his three innings.
Schlesener then took the loss, allowing five unearned runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman. The left-hander also recorded six strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings.
Mahoning Valley reliever Andrew Misiaszek (2-1) picked up the win after throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Misiaszek yielded two hits and a walk while striking out three batters.
Nick Mikolajchak (3) earned the save with two shutout innings, eliciting a double play when entering the game in the eighth and retiring all five batters he faced, two by strikeout.
The Spikes will now look to rebound in the middle game of their three-game set with the Scrappers in a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Thursday. State College will send right-hander Adrian Mardueno (2-2) to the mound for the start. Mahoning Valley is slated to go with right-hander Hunter Gaddis (0-0).
Spikes fans will enjoy a night of love, peace and baseball with Spikestock as part of a Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration and $10.59 Diamond Club Ticket Night presented by QWiK Rock 105.9 on Thursday. Live music from RamaLama will be featured on the concourse, with Woodstock artists featured during the night.
It's also the last Thirsty Thursday of the year as well, presented by BIG Froggy 101. Fans of age can still enjoy the Thursday tradition of $1 12-oz. domestic draft beers from 6-8 p.m., and the evening also will be enhanced with $2 16-oz. domestic cans and $2 Otto's Apricot Wheat drafts, also available from 6-8 p.m.
Plus, fans can enjoy the first of three Community Nights this week on Lemont Night, with a FREE Kids Zone presented by Friends of Jake Corman.
Mahoning Valley will then stick around for Bark in the Park III presented by NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC and the Centre Daily Times on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. before departing.
The Auburn Doubledays (Washington Nationals) take over as the opponent starting on the weekend with four games in three days starting with a 7:05 p.m. matchup on Saturday, August 17 that features a David Taylor Appearance with a David Taylor "World Champion" Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans presented by The Nittany Lion Inn & The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and State College's ESPN Radio 1450.
Saturday's game also includes Mifflin & Juniata County Night presented by The Sentinel and WCHX 105.5 FM, which precedes Huntingdon County Night on Sunday. Each game also features a FREE Kids Zone presented by Friends of Jake Corman.
Then, the Spikes host what is now a 3:05 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday, August 18, featuring a FIREWORKS Night presented by Boyles Insurance after the second game, and a Mini-Basketball Giveaway presented by Penn State Health Medical Group for the first 1,000 fans on Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State Night presented by HRI, Inc.
In addition, Penn State men's basketball head coach Patrick Chambers will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's doubleheader.
The giant homestand concludes with Wayback Monday II featuring another Trade-Any-Ticket Night on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets for all seven remaining games on the homestand, as well as every game 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 6:35 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. 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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