Lyles Smacks Fifth Homer, But Spikes Fall To Jammers, 11-3




STATE COLLEGE – Chase Lyles delivered his team-leading fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning, but it was not enough as the State College Spikes went down to defeat at the hands of the Jamestown Jammers, 11-3, on Monday night at Russell Diethrick Park.

Lyles’s home run off of Jamestown reliever Zach Robertson was part of a late Spikes (22-22) rally. After falling behind 6-0 in the first two innings, State College rebounded for a pair of runs in the sixth behind Kelson Brown’s double, Gift Ngoepe’s sacrifice fly, and an RBI single by Mel Rojas, Jr.

Ngoepe also contributed a double to the Spikes’ offensive effort, and served as the middleman on the Spikes’ 40th double play of the year in the fifth inning.

State College starter Colton Cain (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over the first two innings. Cain also walked three batters and hit one.

Adam Veres (3-1) started for Jamestown (25-18) and went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and a hit batsman while striking out two.

Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer as part of a three-RBI night to lead the Jamestown offense. Noah Perio contributed a four-hit performance as well, including a pair of doubles. Aaron Dudley also delivered two doubles for the Jammers.

Tuesday, the Spikes finish up their four-game road trip with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Jammers at Russell Diethrick Park. State College will send left-hander Zac Fuesser (0-1) to the mound for his fifth start of the season. Fuesser threw four hitless, scoreless innings against Williamsport this past Thursday in his last start.

Jamestown will respond with right-hander Saul Gonzalez (3-1). Gonzalez has faced the Spikes earlier this season, starting and pitching four shutout innings in a no-decision on June 30th. The Panamanian right-hander also has a 2.10 ERA at home this season.

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 Russell Diethrick Park.

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

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  • John Lease

    I’d agree that Clement is a better option than any other systems AAA hitter. I wouldn’t bring him up though to rot. If he comes up, he should play full time, and there doesn’t seem to be a spot for him. Plus I think McGehee has enough service time they couldn’t outright him to AAA, so they’d eat his contract, something the Pirates don’t like to do, nor should they.

    • Lee Young

      John….disagree…Pirates ate Morris’, will be eating McLouth and have eaten others.

      I think Casey, tho, sticks around, because they seem to like his offense?

      • Richard Ya’Zhynka

        Aki, too.

        • Lee Young

          No offense, but I believe Aki falls under my ‘Others eaten’ category? lol

  • Lee Young

    I want the shiny new toy. Give KC something for Clint Robinson. Oh wait….not a fan of Barmes or Hurdle. Maybe 2 Clints are enough….lol

  • ElGaupo77

    Clement has a pretty good excuse for struggling the last couple years since he didn’t have any knees. The surgery he had that caused him to miss 18 months basically regrew cartilage in his knees.

    • Lee Young

      good point

  • Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Clement is worth another try.

  • ecbucs

    I would not be opposed to Clement if he has improved his approach at the plate. His strike out to walk level at the major league level is so different than what he has done in AAA.
    He also needs to be more than a statue at first. I think he is a player that needs to be promoted on what scouts see and not on his stats.

  • st1300b

    Not a fan of this idea Tim, there is still something to be said for a little veteran presence in the clubhouse and in addition, I personally still like the idea of having a solid defensive player who can spot at 1b and 3b too.
    I like Clement, nothing against him, and I sooo like the Mercer call-up – just the right time too (We’ll see…) but I’ll still take McGehee over Clement. At least for this year.

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