With a 3-1 victory over Jamestown on Tuesday, State College continued its dominance over the Jammers this season. The Spikes are 8-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate with just one game remaining in the New York-Penn League’s regular season. The lone blemish was a 6-5 loss June 23 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Lowell’s 8-7 loss to Aberdeen keeps the Jammers one game up in the wild card race heading into Wednesday’s season finale. If Jamestown wins, it would host Game 1 of the semifinal playoff series against State College on Friday.
Chase Brookshire (1-0) took the win. Kyle Webb earned his second save. Jackson Lodge (4-5) got the loss for the Jammers.
State College used strong pitching performances and clutch, two-out hitting to overcome three fielding errors and earn the win at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.
Luke Voit (2-for-4) was the Spikes’ only multi-hit player and knocked in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the eighth. Cesar Valera hit his second home run of the season, also with two outs.
Jamestown starter Cody Dickson stifled State College bats early. The left-hander retired the first 11 he faced before Voit singled in the fourth, the only hit Dickson allowed in five innings of shutout baseball. He also struck out five and walked one.
Andrew Pierce was nearly as effective. The right-hander also walked a batter and only allowed one hit. Pierce struck out one and kept the Jammers off the board for four innings.
However, Jamestown eventually broke through off Brookshire, who started the fifth in relief of Pierce.
Back-to-back singles by Austin Meadows and Edwin Espinal greeted the lefty to start the frame. Meadows later made it 1-0 when he scored on Adam Landecker’s fielder’s choice.
As they have done most of the season, the Spikes rallied late to snatch victory.
Valera’s drive to left off Lodge tied the game at one in the sixth. In the eighth, Matt Young singled to start the inning and new Spike Vaughn Bryan followed with a double.
Bryan was received from Rookie-level Johnson City along with infielder Kenny Peoples-Walls. Brett Wiley was also placed on the Temporarily Inactive List, retroactive to Sunday.
After Steven Ramos fanned and Young was thrown out at home on Valera’s fielder’s choice, Voit’s single to center scored Bryan and Valera to take the lead.
Webb allowed just one hit and added a strikeout for the six-out save.
Ramos went hitless, but still leads the NY-PL in batting at .347. Jamestown’s Adam Frazier, who was also hitless, is second at .327.
David Washington leads the league with 50 RBIs and leads Staten Islands’ Yeicok Calderon by seven entering the final game.
Willy Paulino (2-2) will start for State College on Wednesday. Chad Kuhl (2-4) gets the ball for Jamestown.