Spikes Welcome Record Crowd to Park, Fall to ‘Cutters, 7-6

SPIKES WELCOME RECORD CROWD TO PARK, FALL TO ‘CUTTERS, 7-6

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STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes welcomed a record standing-room-only sellout crowd of 5,807 to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday night, and the second record-smashing crowd of the year at the ballpark saw the Spikes fall to the Williamsport Crosscutters, 7-6.

The crowd topped the previous high of 5,775, set earlier this season on June 19th when the Spikes (20-21) faced the Crosscutters (25-16) in an Opening Night battle. It was the third straight record-breaking crowd to feature Williamsport as the opponent. Fans also packed the park for Mifflin & Juniata County Night, and witnessed a spectacular post-game fireworks show.

It was also the ninth sellout crowd in the five-year history of the Spikes, and the 23rd crowd of 5,000 or better at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

The game did not start well for State College on the field, though. Williamsport strung together four hits to plate three runs in the first inning off New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week Tyler Waldron (2-3). The Crosscutters then extended their lead out further, and led 6-2 in the seventh thanks to Cameron Rupp’s solo home run.

However, the Spikes fought back with power of their own, with a seventh-inning solo homer from Cole White and a pinch-hit, two-run shot from Andy Vasquez to draw within a 7-5 margin in the eighth inning. In the ninth, Adalberto Santos led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and went to third on a passed ball before scoring on Gerlis Rodriguez’s RBI single. Williamsport reliever Jake Borup (2) would elicit a pop-up from Chase Lyles to end the game one batter later.

Santos, White and Matt Skirving each had multi-hit games for State College, with White adding an RBI triple.

Waldron took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and striking out three over four innings of work. The right-hander also had his scoreless innings streak snapped at 14 1/3 frames.

Crosscutters reliever Lisalberto Bonilla (1-1) earned the win, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks over three innings of work. Borup picked up the save with 1 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

Saturday, the Spikes hit the road for a four-game road trip, starting with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Auburn Doubledays at Falcon Park. The first game of a two-game series will feature State College right-hander Zack Von Rosenberg (1-6) taking on Auburn right-hander Drew Hutchison(1-1).

Fans can catch all of the action on the Spikes Radio Network and flagship station 95.3 FM 3WZ starting at 6:50 p.m. with the Spikes GameDay Show live from Falcon Park.

The Spikes’ radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the “Listen Live” link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by 95.3 FM 3WZ.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • szielinski

    The Pirates also should not ignore putting together a pitching package for the right player or players. The Pirates have only two credible position player prospects in the high minors who we believe can hit: Marte and Grossman. Both, unfortunately, are under-performing this year. There is no defensible reason for the Pirates to refuse to trade Hughes or Cruz for, say, Matt LaPorta if the FO believes Hague will not hit ML pitching or will never hit with power. The team can replace either pitcher. LaPorta might not produce while playing for Pittsburgh, but, then again, Jones and McGhee haven’t produced much this year.

    The Pirates should not sit on their hands and should not limit their focus to the 2012 season. The team is under .500 and performing much better than its Pythagorean projection. The time is not now.

    • Lee Young

      Laporta MIGHT not produce? Howabout, ‘in all likelihood’ will not produce? He is a classic AAAA player. The Indians got rooked when they traded for him.

      However, if Cleveland wants to trade him for Resop or DMac, I’d do it. Otherwise, they can keep him. We’ve had enough AAAA hitters (Pearce, Moss, Marte, Clement) for my taste.

      I want someone who I KNOW can hit at the Major League level.

      • http://twitter.com/rinsana11 Ross

        I do like LaPorta as a potential deal because I actually did talk about acquiring him a week ago in an article on my blog. saying he could come cheap because he is not even in the top 5 on the Tribe’s depth chart at 1st base. and yes, LaPorta has produced alot better in the bigs than the guys you have brought up like Pearce, Moss, Marte, Clement. 2010 he hit 12 bombs in 376 at bats and then 2011 he put up solid numbers with 11 bombs, 53 RBI, .412 slugging, and a 97 OPS+. yeah his batting average and on base percentage is not high like everyone wants out of their guys. but if people want that “one bat” and LaPorta comes at a cheap price when he is only 27 years old, I would take him in a heartbeat

        • Lee Young

          If a career .397 SPct in 1008 PAs gets you excited, then, you’re welcome to him. I want nothing to do with that kind of ballplayer.

          • szielinski

            I guess we’ll just have to settle for the awesome production Jones and McGhee are giving us….

            • Lee Young

              Unfortunately….hopefully Hague will help in that dept. I like how Hurdle said that the current platoon would go on “Pause”. Matt L definitely wouldn’t help.

              Sure would’ve been nice if we’d have grabbed that Matt Adams fella from Slippery Rock. Why is it the Cards always get these kinds of guys? Sheesh.

              • Lee Young

                good to see Discus is “burping” again….lol

            • Lee Young

              Unfortunately….hopefully Hague will help in that dept. I like how Hurdle said that the current platoon would go on “Pause”. Matt L definitely wouldn’t help.

              Sure would’ve been nice if we’d have grabbed that Matt Adams fella from Slippery Rock. Why is it the Cards always get these kinds of guys? Sheesh.

            • Lee Young

              Unfortunately….hopefully Hague will help in that dept. I like how Hurdle said that the current platoon would go on “Pause”. Matt L definitely wouldn’t help.

              Sure would’ve been nice if we’d have grabbed that Matt Adams fella from Slippery Rock. Why is it the Cards always get these kinds of guys? Sheesh.

            • Lee Young

              Unfortunately….hopefully Hague will help in that dept. I like how Hurdle said that the current platoon would go on “Pause”. Matt L definitely wouldn’t help.

              Sure would’ve been nice if we’d have grabbed that Matt Adams fella from Slippery Rock. Why is it the Cards always get these kinds of guys? Sheesh.

          • szielinski

            I guess we’ll just have to settle for the awesome production Jones and McGhee are giving us….

  • Kevin_Creagh

    In Rosenthal’s article, he lumps Barajas in with Barmes and McGehee as a “resounding bust”.
    Barajas is batting .230/.288/.398 (686 OPS, .292 wOBA). His career line is .237/.284/.413 (697 OPS, .298 wOBA).
    He’s right at his career averages. If anyone expected him to be batting .280/.330/.460, then he is a bust, but that’s not what anyone thought.
    I guess that didn’t fit the narrative that Rosenthal was trying to weave in the story, though. That’s OK…it’s fun to slam the Pirates (especially on Pirate-themed websites) rather than offer constructive criticism to look for ways to improve them.

  • Matt Beam

    how about Hanny and potentially another player to the D’Backs for Matt Davidson (AA 3B) or Paul Goldschmidt (1B platoon in Arizona)? or the same to the Red Sox for Bryce Brentz (AA OF)? All 3 are considered power hitting prospects, albeit top 75-100 type guys, as we won’t get a top 25 type guy for that price.

  • Remember92

    Wouldn’t mind seeing NH pick up the phone and give the Padres a call on Carlos Quentin. His contract this year is only 7 million and yes he will be a FA next year. But he would be great protection in the 5 hole behind Pedro. Plus that would still leave you The Hammer to deal to a contender for another piece. Put him in right field and let him rake since he now appears to be healthy again.