The State College Spikes lost 5-3 to the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday night, their first home defeat of the season. Starting pitcher Clay Holmes wasn't as sharp as his previous two scoreless outings, and several sloppy plays cost the Spikes throughout the game. In addition, the team managed only five hits, all singles. On the plus side, once again the bullpen impressed and kept the Spikes in the game.
After beginning his pro career with two victories in ten innings of scoreless work, Holmes labored tonight giving up four runs (three earned), six hits, and two walks, while striking out three and hitting a batter in only 3 2/3 innings pitched. He threw 75 pitches (44 for strikes), and struggled with his location tonight, most notably his fastball, frequently falling beh...
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