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.