After State College took two come-from-behind victories against Staten Island, the Yankees returned the favor in the series finale with a 6-5 triumph that snapped the Spikes’ team record-tying nine-game winning streak.
State College (29-20) opened a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning that Staten Island (20-29) erased. Mike Ford’s home run in the fourth started the comeback. Eric Jagielo added a two-run double in the fifth and Trent Garrison’s two-run single in the sixth was the difference. Ford, Jagielo and Garrison went a combined 6-for-11 and drove in all six runs.
In a game where the teams were a combined 5-for-26 with runners in scoring position, four errors apiece figured prominently. Just two of the Yankees’ six runs were earned, while State College scored a pair of unearned runs.
State College saw its lead in the league wild-card race drop to a half-game over Lowell (28-20), which was rained out against Mahoning Valley.
Kelvin Castro (1-2) earned the win in relief of starter David Palladino. Arturo Reyes (0-2) took the loss after relieving starter Juan Bautista.
Mason Katz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Steven Ramos went 2-for-5. The duo had the only multi-hit games for the Spikes.
David Washington launched his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth that cleared the fence in right and dribbled into the Hudson River.
However, the Yankees’ bats — with help from lapses by the Spikes’ gloves — proved too much.
Trailing 1-0 after Jagielo’s sacrifice fly in the first inning, State College responded with runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings before letting the lead slip.
Ramos manufactured a run in the second inning after leading with a single and then swiping second. Ramos, leading the NY-PL with a .362 batting average, moved to third when Jimmy Bosco grounded out. He scored on a Luis Perez sacrifice fly.
The Spikes scored twice in the fourth. Katz doubled and later scored on a Michael Schulze sacfrice fly. Ramos later singled home Brett Wiley, who had walked.
Washington’s blast in the fifth tied him with Staten Island’s Yeicok Calderon for second place in the NY-PL. Williamsport’s Zach Green leads the league with nine homers.
Bautista gave up four hits and four runs (two earned). He also walked two and struck out three.
Bautista should have been out of the fifth, but a Kelly error preceded Jagielo’s two-run double. With Reyes pitching in the sixth, errors by Katz and Kelly led to Garrison’s two-run single.
Reyes gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two.
After blowing leads in the first two games, the Yankees’ bullpen finished strong. Castro, Andy Beresford and Rumbelow combined to throw 52/3 innings and allowed just one run.
Palladino went three innings and retired one in the fourth. The right-hander gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. He also struck out four.
Right-hander Kevin Herget, who’s tied for the league lead with five wins, takes the mound when State College travels to Brooklyn at 7 p.m. Friday. Right-hander Miller Diaz is scheduled to start for the Cyclones (24-24).