Brooklyn Cyclones� 4 ,� State College Spikes� 2 (box)
The Spikes bats were whirled into near powerlessness by the Cyclones tonight — held to just 3 hits in the game, one by 2B Walker Gourley and two by LF Adalberto Santos. The first 10 Spikes batters went down in order.� Then, with one out in the 4th, Gourley took his single into right field, and stole second base.� Santos singled to short, and Gourley had to hold at second base.� Gourley tried to make up for it by stealing third, but he was thrown out on the attempt.� A fly out left Santos stranded.�
The Spikes put two runners on base again in the 7th, when Santos singled again, and stole second base, then 3B Chase Lyles walked.� Both were left on base, though.� The Spikes’ threatened again in the 8th.� DH Kelson Brown and C Matt Skirving led off the inning with two walks.� CF Kyle Saukko’s sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position.� SS Gift Ngoepe bounced a grounder to short, and it became a fielder’s choice with Brown out in a run-down on the third base line.� A strikeout ended the inning, with two runners left on base.
Starter Zack Von Rosenberg did a good job holding the Cyclones’ bats quiet too, at least for the first four innings, in which he allowed only a lone walk, while striking out 4 batters.� He gave up one run in the 5th, on a single, a throwing error by Lyles at third, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single.� Casey Sadler relieved Von Rosenberg to begin the 6th inning.� He kept the Cyclones scoreless in both the 6th and 7th, with the help of a timely double play.� In the bottom of the 8th, with one out, Sadler gave up three straight singles, bringing in one run.� A walk with a wild pitch let another run score, and a single drove in the third run of the inning, giving the Cyclones a 4-0 lead.
Finally, in the top of the 9th, the Spikes bats woke up.� Santos led off with a walk, and 1B Matt Curry sent him to third base with a single.� Curry stole second base, and RF Cole White singled, scoring Santos.� White tried to steal second, but was thrown out.� Brown singled next, and Curry came in with the second run.� That was as close as the Spikes would come, though, as C Jairo Marquez struck out to end the game.
Richmond Flying Squirrels� 4,� Altoona Curve� 1 (box)
A 3-run 5th inning gave Richmond the win over the Curve, in a game that started late due to rain.� When it did get going, the game began with a run by the Squirrels, on a lead-off single, a stolen base, a wild pitch by starter Jared Hughes, and an RBI ground out.
The Curve responded in the 3rd with a two-out triple by CF Gorkys Hernandez. 3B Josh Harrison singled into right field, easily scoring Hernandez.� Harrison made it as far as third base with a steal and a wild pitch, but he was left standing there when the inning ended.
Hughes worked around a hit batter and a single in the 2nd inning, then retired the side in order in the next two innings.� The 5th inning started with a double, then two outs, and for a moment, things didn’t look too bad for the Curve.� Then a wild pitch, two singles, another wild pitch, and two more singles, and the Squirrels had 3 more runs and a 4-1 lead.� Hughes threw a total of 4 wild pitches in his 7 innings, and allowed those 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk, with 5 strikeouts.
The Curve had only 3 more base runners after scoring in the 3rd.� Harrison singled in the 6th, RF Brandon Jones singled in the 7th, and C Hector Gimenez singled in the 9th.� Mike Dubee pitched the final two innings for the Curve, allowing only one hit and one walk, but not letting the Squirrels score again.� Hughes’s loss was his 6th of the season.
The Eastern League announced that SS Chase d’Arnaud has been named to the All-Star squad as a replacement for another player who will be unable to participate.� That makes 6 members of the Curve going to the All-Star game, which will be held in Harrisburg next Wednesday.� Also on the team:� Derek Hankins, Rudy Owens, Matt Hague, Josh Harrison, and Hector Gimenez.
Charlotte Stone Crabs� 6,� Bradenton Marauders� 4 (box)
The Marauders’ 8th inning rally fell short, as they matched the Stone Crabs for hits (9) and errors (2), but lost 6-4.� Nate Adcock pitched 5 innings for Bradenton, and scattered 3 runs over those 5 innings, one run at a time.� He worked around a single and a fielding error by 3B Adam Davis in the 1st, then gave up a solo home run in the 2nd.� Two singles and a sacrifice fly added a run in the 3rd.� A single and two walks loaded the bases in the 5th, then a wild pitch let the third run score.
Casey Erickson took over to begin the 6th, and he pitched two perfect innings, but got into trouble with two doubles and a walk in the 8th.� With one run in and runners on the corners, Duke Welker relieved Erickson.� A fielding error let the runner from third base score, then Welker walked a batter to load the bases.� A grounder to third forced out the runner from second, but the lead runner scored, and the Stone Crabs were ahead 6-0.
After a 1-2-3 first, the Marauders put runners on base in each of the rest of the innings.� None of them came around to score until the bottom of the 8th.�� RF Austin McClune led off with a walk, and after a fly out, 1B Calvin Anderson also walked.� DH James Skelton and Davis hit back-to-back singles bringing in McClune, and leaving the bases loaded.� A walk to C Andrew Walker forced in Anderson, and a single by 2B Adenson Chourio plated both Skelton and Davis.� Walker was out at third base on the throw in from center field, ending the inning and the rally.� The Marauders tried another rally in the 9th, with a single by McClune and a walk to LF Quincy Latimore, but two strikeouts ended the game.
Adcock suffered the loss, his 4th of the season.� Adam Davis was the only Marauder to have 2 hits in the game, both singles.
Lexington Legends� 4,� West Virginia Power� 3 (box)
The Power also had a late-inning rally fall short in tonight’s loss.� They got onto the scoreboard first with a run in the 1st inning, when CF Evan Chambers walked, stole second base, and scored on two ground outs.
Kyle McPherson pitched 4 scoreless and hitless innings to begin his night, though he did allow 3 walks in those innings.� Lexington’s first hit of the game was a single to lead off the 5th, and it was quickly followed by another single and then a 3-run homer, as the Legends took a 3-1 lead.� Another home run began the 6th, and the Legends increased their lead to 4-1.� After a single and two strikeouts, Eliecer Navarro relieved McPherson, and ended the inning with a fly out.� Navarro continued on to pitch 2 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits.� Gabriel Alvarado pitched a scoreless 9th inning for the Power.
The Power put several base runners on after the 1st inning, but could not score until the 8th inning.� SS Benji Gonzalez led off with a walk, and Chambers doubled.� A single by 1B Aaron Baker brought in both Gonzalez and Chambers, and the Power were down only one run, with the tying run on first base.� A fly out and a ground out ended the inning, though.� They put two runners on in the bottom of the 9th, when C Ramon Cabrera walked and Benji Gonzalez singled, but two strikeouts ended the rally and the game.