UNIVERSITY PARK — Chris Perry isn’t likely to overpower batters when he’s on the mound. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-hander’s fastball only flirts with 90 mph.
However, what he lacks in brute force he more than makes up for with guile.
In State College’s 6-0 victory over Jamestown on Monday, Perry combined that fastball with seductive off-speed pitches and efficiently flummoxed the Jammers all night.
“Chris Perry did a phenomenal job for us tonight,” said Spikes manager Oliver Marmol. “He was under control the entire time. Great composure, good poise.”
Perry, 22, allowed just two hits in seven innings of work, threw just 71 pitches, 51 for strikes, orchestrated four 1-2-3 innings and had four innings of nine pitches or less.
In dramatic contrast, Jammers’ starter Dovydas Neverauskas (0-1) lasted just two-thirds of the first inning, gave up four runs (two earned), hit two batters, walked another and got yanked just 29 pitches into his night.
State College (5-3) supplied enough offense early and took advantage of some fielding miscues, but the night belonged to Perry (1-0).
Jimmy Bosco continued to set the table at leadoff, going 2-for-4, scoring two runs and adding a solo home run after a 2-for-5 night Sunday.
David Washington and Ronald Castillo combined to go 3-for-6 with two RBIs apiece, shaking off Monday’s combined 1-for-7.
Washington (2-for-3) started the scoring in the first with a two-run single to center, while Castillo added a sac fly that made it 3-0.
The Jammers (5-3) got little at the plate after belting 12 hits in victory a night before. Jodaneli Carvajal went 0-for-2 and was lifted from second base in the fourth after making two early errors. The former State College Spike went 2-for-3 Sunday.
Jin-De Jhang, who is tied for second in the New York-Penn League with three home runs, hit a few balls hard but went hitless in four at-bats.
That was the beauty of Perry’s attack. The 17th round pick in 2012 from Methodist College in North Carolina mixied pitches and locations, which kept the Jammers from dangerous contact.
Perry said the key was establishing the inner-half with fastballs and then mixing in his secondary pitches.
“It (was) great because it speeds up their bats and my secondary pitches don’t have to be as good to be efficient,” Perry said. “Just keep them off balance. If I consistently keeping laying fastballs in there over the plate they’ll get a read on them and make great contact, but if I can mix an off-speed, then they’re second-guessing and a little late on that fastball that I might get away with.”
His final inning in the seventh illustrated the point.
Dan Collins, who leads the NY-PL in home runs with four, mashed a heater just foul that would have left the park. Perry fanned him looking a pitch later with a 77-mph curveball.
Mitch Harris struck out two in the eighth and Kyle Webb got the final three outs in the ninth.
State College will send Kevin Herget (1-0) to the mound for Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. start. Cody Dickson will go for the Jammers.