State College Spikes: Series finale with Aberdeen Ironbirds washed out

From CDT staff reportsJuly 13, 2013 

— State College likely will not get another chance at Aberdeen in the regular season after Friday’s game was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the third inning with the IronBirds up 6-1 at Ripken Stadium.

There are no plans to complete the game — and the statistics will not be official — because the Spikes and IronBirds do not have another scheduled meeting this season.

Juan Bautista started for State College after rain delayed the start 45 minutes. The right-hander gave up six runs (five earned) and six hits, walked two and had one strikeout in two innings.

Manny Hernandez had two doubles for Aberdeen (14-10) and drove in four runs. Steven Ramos singled in the Spikes’ lone run. The IronBirds won the first two games of the series 2-1 and 3-1, respectively.

The Spikes (14-10) will now head to Hudson Valley (14-12) for a three-game set with the Renegades, who defeated Jamestown 2-1 at home Friday night.

Jamestown’s loss puts the Spikes just 1 1/2 games behind the Jammers for the top spot in the New York-Penn League’s Pinckney Division.

Right-hander Kevin Herget (3-0) and lefty Chase Brookshire (0-0) will start one and two, respectively, in a “piggyback” setup for the 7:05 p.m. matchup at Dutchess Stadium.

Left-hander Chris Kirsch (1-1) is scheduled to start for Hudson Valley.

The Spikes enter Saturday tops in the NY-PL in slugging percentage (.413) and second in batting average (.278).

Shortstop Cesar Valera leads the team in hits (28), doubles (nine) and slugging percentage (.541).

State College’s pitching staff also owns the league’s best ERA (2.50) and is tied for third in home runs allowed (eight).

Hudson Valley batters have struck out 210 times this season, good for the third most strikeouts in the league.

The Renegades’ pitching staff has given up 224 hits this season. Only Auburn (225) has allowed more.

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