JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Luis Heredia got a belated birthday present Saturday night.
One day after celebrating his 18th birthday, the hard-throwing right-hander put up another solid outing on the mound, earning the win in the State College Spikes’ 5-2 win over the Jamestown Jammers.
Heredia (3-1), a highly-touted prospect of the Pittsburgh Pirates, gave up two runs and three hits with four walks and two strikeouts over five innings, though his ERA was raised to 2.42 on the season.
Clario Perez then followed with four shutout innings of relief, walking one and striking out six to earn his first save for his own birthday contribution.
Jesus Vasquez carried the big bat for the Spikes (28-25) clubbing a solo home run and belting a triple in a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Walker Gourley and D.J. Crumlich each added a single and double, with Crumlich plating a pair of runs.
A four-run fifth inning, in which State College sent nine batters to the plate, did the bulk of the offensive damage at Russell L. Diethrick Park.
Two walks sandwiched around a single loaded the bases before another walk to Tyler Gaffney forced in one run. Following a pitching change, Gourley singled to right field to pick up his 21st RBI of the season, though Gaffney was thrown out after being caught in a rundown between second and third.
Crumlich then ripped his 11th double fo the season to bring home two more runs.
Vasquez added the other run with his homer over the left field wall an inning later.
The Jammers got a run in the third on a Jesus Solorzano RBI double and another in the fifth when
Kentrell Dewitt doubled and later scored when Juancito Martinez bounced into a double play.
The Jammers’ Helpi Reyes (1-5), who just turned 20 a few weeks ago, was tagged with the loss.
Notes: State College catcher Jacob Stallings was added to the roster for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, which will be played Tuesday at Mahoning Valley. Stallings replaces Tri-City catcher Jobduan Morales, who was promoted to Class A Lexington. Stallings joins Gaffney and Crumlich on the roster for the team of National League affiliates. Barrett Barnes also was named an All-Star but will not play because of injury. ... Saturday was the first meeting of the season between the teams, even though they are both members of the league’s Pinckney Division. It begins a run of 10 meetings for the clubs over a stretch of 20 Spikes games. ... State College has won two straight after having lost 9 of their last 12. ... Today’s game against the Jammers begins at 4 p.m. before the league takes its all-star break, with every team off Monday. Right-hander Clay Holmes (4-1) will start for State College against Jamestown righty Mason Hope (1-3). ... The Spikes, who have not had a home game since Monday, finally return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Wednesday to host the Jammers.