The State College Spikes’ recent struggles continued at the hands of the Lowell Spinners on Thursday.
State College (33-20) lost its fifth game in its last six tries after the Spinners (24-28) rallied from a one-run deficit to post a 3-2 win at Edward A. LeLacheur Park. The Spinners used a walk-off RBI single from Deiner Lopez to cap their win.
The Spikes struggled to hit Lowell starting pitcher Heri Quevedo for much of the night. Quevedo pitched six innings, gave up just four hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Lowell struck first at the plate.
Facing State College starter Dewin Perez, Lopez got the Lowell offense going with a single to left field. Lopez then stole second and scored on a double from David Sopilka.
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State College surged ahead in the top of the fourth, however. With one out, Alex De Leon singled to left before Nick Thompson drew a two-out walk. Brett Wiley then doubled off of Quevedo allowing De Leon and Thompson to race home. Quevedo would go on to retire five of the next six batters he faced before leaving the game after the sixth inning.
The Spinners got a leadoff walk from Aneudis Peralta to start the sixth. Peralta moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Mauricio Dubon and advanced to third on a groundout from Nick Moore. Lopez continued to do damage with his next at-bat when he singled off Perez to plate Peralta and tie the score 1-1. State College manager Oliver Marmol opted to replace Perez with Josh Lucas.
Chandler Shepherd relieved Quevedo to start the seventh. Shepherd would keep State College off balance and off the board, allowing just one hit over the final three innings with two strikeouts to get the win.
Joe Scanio replaced Lucas in the bottom of the ninth. Rigth away, the Spikes had a defesive gaffe as Mauricio Dubon reached on Darren Seferina’s error. Dubon moved to second on Nick Moore’s sacrifice bunt before Lopez knocked him home with a fly ball to center field.
State College concludes its series with Lowell on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Austin Gomber (0-2) is expected to start for the Spikes while Reed Reilly (0-1) is Lowell’s probable starter.