State College Spikes: Two runs in 11th bounces Jamestown

From CDT staff reportsSeptember 3, 2013 

— State College continued to frustrate Jamestown’s attempts to clinch a playoff spot as the Spikes scored twice in the top of the 11th without a hit to bounce the Jammers 6-4 in New-York Penn League action on Monday.

The Spikes (46-26) improved to 8-1 on the season against the Jammers (42-30), who are clinging to a 1 1/2 game lead over Lowell for the league’s wildcard playoff spot.

Jamestown scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 4-4 and neither team scored until the 11th.

Axel Diaz (4-3), the sixth Jammer pitcher, came on in relief and had trouble finding the strike zone.

With one out, Diaz walked Cesar Valera. Luke Voit grounded into a force play, but Diaz hit David Washington with a pitch. Pinch-runner Luis Perez and Washington moved up when Carson Kelly walked to load the bases.

With Mason Katz at the plate, Diaz uncorked another wild pitch to allow Perez to score and give the Spikes a 5-4 lead. Katz walked to reload the bases and Jimmy Bosco walked to drive in an insurance run.

Jacob Booden came in relief of Mitch Harris to pitch the bottom of the 11th an retired the Jammers on three quick groundouts.

Jamestown led 2-0 before the Spikes got the lead with a three-run sixth. Luke Voit walked, went to second on a passed ball and scored on an error. Bosco smacked a run-scoring double to left and came around to score on Alex De Leon’s double to center to give the Spikes a 3-2 lead.

State College tacked on a run in the seventh as Valera singled, swiped second base and scored on Washington’s single.

Jamestown got even in the eighth against reliever Jeff Rauh. Edwin Espinal doubled in a run and another scored on Jin-De Jhang’s sacrifice fly.

Harris (4-1) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Booden got his fourth save. Spikes starter Arturo Reyes allowed six hits and two runs in five innings.

Bosco was the one Spike to get multiple hits, going 3 for 5. Jamestown outhit State College 10-8. Reese McGuire, Austin Meadows and Espinal each had two hits.

The final series of the regular season has two more games remaining.

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