Fireworks in Altoona and State College; Kleis and Pevny Debut
State College Spikes� 11,� Auburn Doubledays� 10 (box)
There were fireworks in the New York-Penn League tonight too.� This game featured 21 runs on 32 hits, with 18 hits for the Spikes, with each batter on the Spikes collecting at least one hit.� 2B Walker Gourley, CF Adalberto Santos, and 1B Matt Curry each had 3 hits.
Auburn scored one run in the 1st inning, but the Spikes thought they were sitting pretty when they scored 5 runs in the top of the 2nd.� They sent 10 batters to the plate:� 3B Chase Lyles singled, LF Pat Irvine walked, C Miguel Mendez singled to score Lyles.� RF Cole White and SS Gift Ngoepe both doubled, with 2 RBI for White and one for Ngoepe.� Singles by Santos and Curry brought in Ngoepe, and the Spikes had a 5-1 lead.
But the Doubledays camre roaring back in the bottom of the inning, scoring 7 runs on 2 doubles, 3 singles, and a walk, all coming without an out being recorded.� Spikes starter Kevin Decker gave up all 8 runs, on 7 hits and 3 walks, and Auburn was ahead, 8-5.
The Spikes got closer with a run in the 4th on Gourley’s solo homer, and another in the 6th when Santos walked, stole second, and scored on Curry’s RBI single.� Auburn still led, 8-7.
Jhonatan Ramos relieved Decker to finish the 2nd inning, then pitched 3 more scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 4 batters.� Casey Sadler took over for the 6th, and gave up another run on two singles and a walk, increasing the Doubledays’ lead to 9-7.� Jason Townsend pitched the 8th, and loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but got a line out to end the inning without a run scoring.
The Spikes rallied again in the 8th.� Ngoepe reached base on a fielding error, then Gourley singled and Santos doubled, bringing in both Ngoepe and Gourley to tie the score.� Lyles’ single drove in Santos with the go-ahead run, and the Spikes had a 10-9 lead.� They bumped that up to 11-9 in the top of the 9th, on three singles, by Mendez, Ngoepe, and Gourley (RBI for Gourley).�� Auburn rallied again in the bottom of the inning, when reliever Justin Ennis gave up a triple and hit a batter, then had the runner on third score on a double play.� He gave up another single to put the tying run on base, but then got a strikeout to end the rally and the game.
Clearwater Threshers� 4,� Bradenton Marauders� 3 (box)
The Marauders’ 9th inning rally fell short, as the Threshers chomped on the Marauders in Bradenton.� Rehabbing DH Brian Friday, who certainly seems to be ready to be done with rehab, and C Jordan Newton each had 2 hits in the game.� Clearwater scored early, with one run in the 1st inning, on a single, a stolen base, and an RBI single.� A 2-run homer gave them a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning.� Nate Baker gave up just those 3 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings, and he struck out 5 batters.� After the 2nd inning, Baker had only 2 base runners, and those reached base on a hit batter and a walk.� Duke Welker pitched a scoreless 7th inning, allowing just one single.� Casey Erickson pitched the final two innings, and allowed a hit in the 8th, on a single, a walk, and an RBI single, then he retired the side in order in the 9th.
The Marauders could not get much going in the first four innings, despite a double and single by Friday and a single by SS Adenson Chourio. Both Chourio and Friday stole second base after their singles.� C Jordan Newton also singled and stole second base in the 5th inning, and after a ground out pushed him to third base, he scored the Marauders’ first run on Chourio’s sacrifice fly.� The Marauders threatened in the 8th inning, when they loaded the bases with two outs, on a single by CF Robbie Grossman, and walks by Friday and LF Quincy Latimore. A strikeout ended the inning with all three runners standing on base.
The bottom of the 9th gave the Marauders one last chance, and they rallied.� 3B Adam Davis doubled, Newton singled, and when RF Austin McClune reached on a fielding error, Davis scored.� Chourio bunted Newton and McClune into scoring position.� Grossman walked to load the bases, and a wild pitch scored Newton.� But Friday struck out to end the threat and the game, with the Marauders one run short of a tie.
Delmarva Shorebirds� 6,� West Virginia Power� 4 (box)
The Power came from behind to tie the score at 4-4 in the top of the 8th, but the Shorebirds scored again in the bottom of the inning to take the win.
Delmarva scored by the one-run-at-a-time method, with a run in the 1st on a single and a double, one run in the 4th on a walk and a double, one in the 5th on two singles and a fielding error by 2B Jarek Cunningham, and one in the 6th on two singles, a hit batter, and a walk to force in a run.� Melkin Laureano pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 of the runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts.� Zach Foster gave up the run in the 6th, and then gave up a double and a walk in the 7th.� Ryan Kelly relieved Foster in the 7th, and finished the inning with a pop out and strikeout.
The Power scattered only 3 hits over the first 5 innings — a ground-rule double and a single by C Jairo Marquez and a double by 1B Aaron Baker. Baker homered in the 6th to put the Power on the board.� They added a run in the 7th on a walk to SS Benji Gonzalez, a stolen base by Gonzalez, and a RBI single by CF Evan Chambers. A 2-run home run by LF Kyle Morgan in the top of the 8th tied the score.
But in the bottom of the 8th, two walks and a single loaded the bases for Ryan Kelly.� A ground out brought in the go-ahead run and got Power manager Gary Green ejected in the ensuing argument.� A passed ball allowed the runner from third base to score an insurance run.� The Power went down in order in the 9th, and the Shorebirds had the win.
GCL Pirates� 9,� GCL Phillies� 4 (box)
Two Pirates’ 2010 draft pick, both pitchers, made their pro debuts this afternoon.� RHP Kevin Kleis (27th round pick) and RHP Logan Pevny each pitched a scoreless inning.� Klies’ 6th inning was marred by a fielding error, but he responded by getting the next batter with a ground out.� Pevny took the 7th, and struck out the first two batters he faced, before ending the inning with a ground out.
Joely Rodriguez made the start for the Pirates, and pitched 5 innings, allowing only one run on 6 hits, with 5 strikeouts.� Four of those hits, all singles, and the run came in the 5th.� Rodriguez earned his second win of the season.� Yeyber Sanchez pitched the 8th inning, and after two walks, he gave up a 3-run homer.� Jarryd Sullivan gave up a single in the 9th, but followed it with a game-ending double play.
The pitching staff received plenty of run support, as the Pirates posted 10 hits.� CF Ping-Hung Chi and DH Chih-Wei Hsu each had 2 hits, and 2B Jorge Bishop contributed 3 RBI.� The Pirates started things off with 3 runs in the 1st inning, helped out by mistakes by the Phillies.� 3B Eric Avila led off with a walk, and Chi singled.� Bishop’s grounder to second force out Chi, but left runners on the corniers.� A passed ball scored Avila and moved Bishop to second, then Bishop stole third base.� LF Exicardo Cayonez was hit by a pitch to again put runners on the corners.� When Cayonez took off for the steal of second and drew the catchers’ throw, Bishop headed home for the double steal.� It was easy for Bishop, since the Phillie’s catcher’s throw went wild, and Cayonez ended up on third base.� A wild pitch let Cayonez score from first base — 3 runs on one hit.
Back-to-back home runs began the 3rd inning for the Pirates.� 1B Michaelangel Trinidad hit his first home run, and RF Gregory Polanco had his second for the Pirates.� Hsu continued the inning with a double, and Avila and Chi loaded the bases with back-to-back walks.�� Bishop’s sacrifice fly brought in Hsu, and the Pirates were ahead 6-0.
After the Phillies scored their run in the 5th, the Pirates responded with 2 more runs in the 6th.� Three consecutive singles by Hsu, Avila, and Chi loaded the bases, and Bishop brought in Hsu and Avila with a 2-RBI double.� Pinch-hitter Daan Cornelissen scored the Pirates’ final run in the 7th, when he walked, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on the Phillies’ third passed ball of the game.