Nick Thompson delivered his fourth home run of the year it just wasn’t enough for State College as Lowell came back to snare its second straight walk-off win on Friday at Edward A. LeLacheur Park.
Thompson’s two-run shot to the right-field porch in the second inning gave the Spikes (33-21) their largest lead of the game, but the Spinners (25-28) rallied for the 4-3 victory.
In the ninth inning, Lowell’s Jordan Procyshen bunted for a base hit to lead off the inning, and Joseph Monge bunted pinch-runner Mauricio Dubon to second. Dubon then advanced to third on a passed ball while Deiner Lopez was being intentionally walked, and Bryan Hudson singled him in with the winning run one batter later.
Reliever Nick Lomascolo took the loss for State College recording two outs — one strikeout — while being tagged with an unearned run. Spikes starter Austin Gomber went a career-long five innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. Gomber also struck out four batters. Tyler Bray tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Spikes, yielding two hits while striking out four.
Lowell closer Carlos Pinales — the New York-Penn League’s saves leader with 12 — got the win with a perfect ninth inning in which he put up two strikeouts. Spinners starter Reid Reilly also went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out six. Kuehl McEachern then faced the minimum nine batters over three innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out nine batters.
State College had scored in the first inning when Robelys Reyes tripled to left field and scored on Brett Wiley’s sacrifice fly to right field. Reyes was the only State College player with multiple hits, as he bunted for a single in the sixth and stole a base.
Lowell pitching held the Spikes to just one hit after the second inning. Procyshen, Jordan Betts and Raymel Flores each collected two hits for the Spinners.
The series loss was just the second on the road for the Spikes this season. State College is still 7 1/2 games up on Auburn for the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead.
Notes: State College threw out two runners at home plate. Center fielder Jhohan Acevedo threw out Procyshen at the plate in the fourth inning to keep the score tied, and Thompson did the same to Lowell’s Bryan Hudson in the seventh. … The Spikes picked up its 44 double play. … The Spikes will now head to Thomas J. Dodd Stadium to face the Connecticut Tigers in the opener of a three-game series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. State College will send right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2) to the mound to face Connecticut right-hander A.J. Ladwig (0-2).