LOWELL, Mass. — The State College Spikes were held at bay on offense throughout a doubleheader at LeLacheur Park on Sunday night, losing 1-0 and 2-0 to the Lowell Spinners in New York-Penn League play.
State College (23-18) managed just three hits in the opener and just two in the nightcap.
The Spikes wasted a strong performance by starting pitcher Adrian Sampson in Game 1.
Sampson — the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fifth round draft choice this season — pitched five innings of one-hit ball before he yielded the mound to reliever Pat Ludwig in the sixth inning. Sampson finished with four strikeouts and just one walk.
Ludwig took the loss when Mookie Betts singled with one out and Kendrick Perkins doubled in the bottom of the seventh to plate Betts. It was just the Spinners’ third hit of the game.
The Spikes offense was just as sluggish in Game 2 with pitcher Joely Rodriguez getting the start.
State College (23-18) didn’t get its first hit until Barrett Barnes doubled to center field in the top of the fourth inning. By that time the Spinners (15-26) had a one-run lead thanks to an RBI-single from Dreily Guerrero in the bottom of the third. That’s all they would need as the Spikes tallied just one more hit — a double from Samuel Gonzalez in the top of the fifth — the rest of the way off Lowell relievers Tyler Wilson and Kyle Kraus.
Wilson and Kraus, along with starter Mike Augliera, combined to strike out eight Spikes hitters in Game 2 with no walks.
Wilson (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Lowell while Kraus notched his first save with a perfect seventh inning.
Augliera retired all nine batters he faced, with five going down via strikeout, over three innings. Augliera had carried a 10.05 ERA into Sunday’s twinbill.
The Spikes will send 17-year-old phenom Luis Heredia (2-1) to the mound today to try to salvage the final game of the three-game series at 7:05 p.m. The right-hander has won his past two decisions, including a victory over Batavia in his last outing on Tuesday. Heredia is also working on a streak of six straight starts of exactly five innings. Lowell will send right-hander Pat Light (0-1) to the mound.