Watson Shines For Curve; Shut Out For Spikes’ Pitchers

State College Spikes� 4,� Mahoning Valley Scrappers� 0 (box)

It was all Spikes here.� Four State College pitchers combined to shut out the Scrappers and hold them to just 3 hits.� The Scrappers did get one walk, but the Spikes turned two double plays, leaving 2 Scrapper runners on base.� Tyler Waldron made the start.� He gave up the walk in the 2nd inning and a single in the 3rd — those were the two runners left on base.� He allowed another single in the 4th, and erased taht runner with a double play, then retired the side in order in the 5th.

Jhonthan Ramos relieved Waldron to begin the 6th, and pitched two perfect innings, with 3 strikeouts.� Justin Ennis took the 8th inning.� He allowed the remaining Scrappers’ single, and also erased that runner with a double play.� Jason Townsend retired the side in order to finish up in the 9th.

The Spikes posted 6 hits, with two of those by 3B Kelson Brown, who singled and doubled.� SS Drew Maggi also doubled, and LF Pat Irvine homered.� The Spikes got all the runs they needed in the bottom of the 1st inning.� Maggi led off with his double, and he scored on CF Mel Rojas’ RBI single.� RF Adalberto Santos also singled in that inning.� The Spikes also had two runners on base in the 2nd, when Brown singled and 2B Walker Gourley walked, but both were left on base.� The Spikes were retired in order for the next four innings.� Irvine added an insurance run when he led off the 7th with a solo home run.� Brown followed the homer with a double, then another walk by Gourley and a wild pitch let Brown score.

Rome Braves� 6,� West Virginia Power� 5 (box)

This was a back-and-forth game, and the Power kept up until the bottom of the 9th, despite being out=hit 13 – 5.� With Phillip Irwin getting the start for the Power, Rome got onto the scoreboard first, with a run in the bottom of the 2nd, on two singles, a wild pitch, and a ground out.

CF David Rubenstein tied the score in the top of the 4th with a lead-off home run.� 1B Aaron Baker doubled after the homer, and C Ramon Cabrera’s single brought in Baker, to give the Power a 2-1 lead.� The Braves responded with two of their own in the bottom of the inning, on a single, an RBI double, and an RBI single.� Braves up, 3-2.

The Power took advantage of a fielding error to tie the score in the top of the 6th.� RF Jose Hernandez hit a 2-out double, then scored when the ball got away from the Braves’ second baseman.� Irwin pitched 5 innings and gave up those 3 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 7 batters.� He was relieved by Marc Baca, who retired the Braves in order in the 6th, but gave up a run in the 7th on a ground-rule double and two sacrifice bunts.� Braves up again, 4-3.

Baker and Cabrera got the Power going again in the top of the 9th.� Baker walked, and Cabrera sacrifice bunted him over to second.� LF Rogelios Noris tripled into left field, scoring Baker to again tie the score.� Noris scored on 3B Jesus Brito’s squeeze bunt, and the Power had a 5-4 lead.� But the Braves were not giving up.� Ryan Kelly relieved Baca to begin the bottom of the 9th.� With one out, he gave up a walk, and that runner stole second base.� The next batter struck out, but then three consecutive singles drove in the tying and winning runs.

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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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