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.

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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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