Double plays were the enemy of the State College Spikes on Tuesday night.
Opening a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs at Dwyer Stadium, the Spikes saw rallies squelched by three double plays in a 6-4 loss.
Brian O’Keefe had a single and double, while Darren Seferina and Andrew Sohn also had two hits apiece for State College (11-7), which dropped a game behind Batavia (12-6) in the New York-Penn League standings.
Eric Fisher was 3 for 4 with a double and a solo home run in the eighth inning to lead the Muckdogs. Brian Anderson added a triple and single and Mason Davis plated a pair of runs.
Gabriel Castellanos (1-1) pitched five solid innings for the win, allowing just two hits and a run with five walks and three strikeouts. Josh Hodges earned his third save of the year.
Dewin Perez (1-1) took the loss, allowing seven hits, five runs and one walk with four strikeouts over five innings.
The Spikes struck first with a run in the top of the second inning, with Rowan Wick hit by a Castellanos pitch and scoring on an infield single by Sohn.
Batavia answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Fisher scored on a passed ball, and after two outs a Davis single brought home two more.
Two more Muckdog runs crossed in the fifth on Anderson’s RBI triple, with Anderson scoring on a Brad Haynal sacrifice fly.
Castellanos left to start the sixth inning, and the Spikes immediately jumped on reliever Hayden Fox. Three straight one-out singles loaded the bases, and an RBI single from Sohn chased Fox. An error on a ball hit by Jhohan Acevedo plated two more runs, but Seferina lined into a double play to end the rally.
State College, which turned two double plays of its own, never got a runner past second base the rest of the game.
Game 2 of the series is set for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, with right-hander Fernando Baez scheduled to start for the Spikes.
Earlier in the day, second baseman Robelys Reyes was promoted to full-season Class A Peoria.