Curve and Spikes Fall Short

Batavia Muckdogs� 6,� State College Spikes�� 4 …. � �� (box)

A 9th-inning Spikes’ rally fell short as the two teams combined for 25 hits.� LF Adalberto Santos went 3-for-3 and 1B Matt Curry had 2 of the Spikes’ 13 hits.

There was no scoring in the first three innings, but the innings were not quiet.� SS Drew Maggi singled and Santos doubled in the 1st, but Maggi was picked off and Santos was left stranded.� RF Cole White doubled and 2B Kelson Brown singled in the 2nd, and both were left on.� Santos also walked in the 3rd and was left on base.� Batavia also had 4 batters on base in those innings, but did not score.

Batavia got to starter Zack Dodson for one run in the 4th, on a double and a RBI single.� He allowed only that run on 5 hits and a walk, but he was charged with the loss.� Joely Rodriguez pitched the 5th inning and gave up 3 runs.� With two outs, Batavia worked a walk, then collected 4 consecutive singles to take a 4-0 lead.

After going down in order in two innings, the Spikes cut the lead in half in the 6th.� Santos singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Curry singled, driving in Santos from second, and Curry reached third base when the Batavia right fielder made a fielding error.� A single by 3B Chase Lyles brought in Curry.

Vincent Payne pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th, but in the 7th, he gave up another run, on a walk, a single, and two ground outs.� Ryan Beckman pitched the 8th and allowed another run, on a single and an RBI double.

Despite a double by C Pat Irvine in the 7th and back-to-back singles in the 8th by Santos and Curry in the 8th, the Spikes could not score.� They did rally in the 9th, when Brown singled, and scored on DH Gerlis Rodriguez’s double.� Irvine grounded out, moving Rodriguez to third base.� SS Gift Ngoepe’s double plated Rodriguez, then Ngoepe advanced to third base on CF Kyle Saukko’s ground out, but Santos ended the game with another ground out, and the Spikes had run out of time.

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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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