BATAVIA, N.Y. — Luis Heredia found the going a little tougher in his second New York- Penn League start with State College, but the teen sensation still pitched well in a 3-1 loss against Batavia on Tuesday.
The Muckdogs’ win snapped the Spikes’ five-game winning streak. State College (6-3) also fell back into a first-place tie with Auburn in the Pinckney Division.
Heredia, who allowed just one hit in a scoreless, four-inning stint against Williamsport last week, was hit much harder by Batavia. The Muckdogs had eight hits in five innings against Heredia, but the 17-year-old minimized the damage. He allowed two runs (one earned), struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Batavia took advantage of an error in the first. Breyvic Valera reached on second baseman Jordaneli Carvajal’s four error of the season and raced home on Garrett Wittels’ double to right field.
The Muckdogs tacked on another run in the second. Jonathan Keener belted a one-out triple and trotted home on Jordan Walton’s single.
State College closed to within one with a run in the fourth. Yhonathan Barrios singled with two outs and was chased home by Walker Gourley’s opposite field triple to right.
Batavia added an insurance run in the seventh. Valera singled to right and once again scored on a double to right by Wittels. Reliever Emmanuel De Leon prevented further damage by striking out David Washington to end the inning.
The Spikes wasted a scoring opportunity in the eighth. Alex Fuselier led off the frame with a single. With one out, reliever Jose Almarante picked Fuselier off first. Ryan Hornback followed with a single, but Almarante struck out Barrett Barnes to end the inning.
Joe Cuda (1-0) picked up the win for Batavia. Cuda, a 27th-round draft pick, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two in five innings.
Yunier Castillo pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save.
Led by Wittels’ three hits, the Muckdogs out-hit State College 11-7. Barrios and Fuselier had two hits each for the Spikes.
Notes: The three-game series with Batavia concludes today. Spikes right-hander Clay Holmes (1-0) will square off against Batavia lefty Daniel Bibona (0-1). ... The Spikes fell to 1-3 on the road this season. ... After tonight’s game, State College travels to Mahoning Valley for a three-game series before returning home Sunday to begin a three-game series with Batavia.