The State College Spikes’ modest two-game win streak came to an end Saturday night at Eastwood Field.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers used two big innings to dispatch the Spikes 9-2, holding State College (3-3) to three hits.
Mahoning Valley scored four runs in the third inning, then locked up the win with a five-run fifth. The team poured on the offense with 15 hits. All but one starter had a hit and six registered multi-hit games in the fourth game of the season a Spikes opponent scored at least seven runs.
Edwin Figuera provided the lone State College highlight, belting a two-run home run in the third inning for a brief lead. It was the first homer for the 19-year-old in his minor league career.
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All three of the Spikes’ hits were for extra bases, with Mick Fennell and Tyler Lancaster adding doubles.
Player of the game
Scrappers second baseman Samad Taylor: Taylor was 3 for 5 with an RBI double in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth.
On the mound
Scrappers: Francisco Perez and Cesar Ventura combined to shut down the Spikes’ offense. Perez (1-0), a 19 year-old left-hander, struck out four while allowing the three hits and two runs in six innings. Ventura earned a three-inning save, allowing only a walk to the 10 batters he faced, striking out five of them.
Spikes: Sam Tewes (0-2) struggled through his second outing of the season, allowing a dozen hits and all nine runs — five of them earned. He struck out five and didn’t walk anyone in 4 2/3 innings.
At the plate
Scrappers highlights: In the third, Oscar Gonzalez also had an RBI double while Nolan Jones and Will Benson had RBI singles. In the fifth, Benson had another RBI single, Elvis Perez plated a run on a sacrifice fly and Clark Scolamiero notched a two-run single.
State College at Mahoning Valley, 4:05 p.m. Sunday: Left-hander Daniel Castano (1-0, 4.50 ERA), who allowed eight hits and three runs with six strikeouts in the Spikes’ second game of the season, will return to the mound. Grant Hockin (0-0, 2.25), a 2014 second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, will pitch for the Scrappers. It will be State College’s first day game of the season.