JAMESTOWN, Clay Holmes had the worst start of his young minor league career as the State College Spikes headed into the New York- Penn League All-Star break with a 6-1 loss against the Jamestown Jammers on Sunday.
Holmes, who entered the contest as the league-leader with an 0.83 ERA, didnt last two innings thanks to wildness. Holmes, 19, walked five Jammers in 11/ 3 innings and allowed three runs and two hits.
Holmes walked three in the first inning as Jamestown opened the scoring. Michael Main walked, but was erased by a double-play grounder off the bat of Pedro Mendoza, who would hit into three double plays on the afternoon.
Holmes then walked Jesus Solorzano and Viosergy Rosa before giving up an RBI single to Anthony Gomez.
The wildness continued in the second as Holmes walked Yefri Perez and Yeison Hernandez to open the inning. The two runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Mains single.
That ended the afternoon for Holmes (4-2), whose ERA grew to 1.41.
The Spikes (28-26) also had a frustrating afternoon against five Jamestown pitchers. State College had just four hits, hit into four double plays and had a would-be basestealer nailed at second base.
Trailing 4-0, the Spikes scored their lone run in the fifth. Chris Diaz led off the frame by blasting a triple to right field. Diaz trotted home on Jesus Vasquezs double to left. Vasquez moved to third on a groundout, but was cut down at the plate by right fielder Main on Yhonathan Barrios fly ball.
Mason Hope (2-3) allowed three hits and walked two to earn the victory. Relievers Chipper Smith, Brian Ellington, Jheyson Manzueta and Logan Penvy held the Spikes to one hit over the final four innings.
Perez added a solo homer, his first of the season, for the Jammers (22-30). Main, Gomez and Solorzano each had two hits.
Five-year Major League veteran Jo-Jo Reyes also made an appearance on the mound for State College on rehab assignment from Triple-A, yielding a run on three hits in two innings.
The loss dropped the second-place Spikes to 31/ 2 games behind Auburn in the Pinckney Division.
After a two-day break, State College returns for a four-game homestand, starting Wednesday against Jamestown at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Tyler Gaffney, D.J. Crumlich and Jacob Stallings will represent the Spikes in Tuesdays All-Star game at Mahoning Valley.