The State College Spikes will be happy to have the day off Tuesday and try to forget a rough road trip.
Johnny Field doubled off the left-field wall to drive home the winning run in the 12th inning as the Spikes saw another late lead disappear and were upended by the Hudson Valley Renegades 3-2 Monday afternoon at Dutchess Stadium.
The Renegades swept the three-game series, and State College lost all five games played on the road trip. The sixth was rained out before it became official, with the Aberdeen Ironbirds winning 6-1 at the time.
Hudson Valley won all three games in its last at bat, twice winning in extra innings and in the other put two across in the bottom of the eighth in a 4-2 win Sunday.
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As they did in the previous two games, the Spikes outhit the Renegades, this time 9-7, but again did not cash in on scoring chances. State College left six runners on base and was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Spikes also had the leadoff runner on base in the game’s final five innings but were unable to get anyone home.
Solo home runs accounted for all of the Spikes’ scoring, with a David Washington shot in the second and a Mason Katz swing in the seventh putting the State College runs on the scoreboard. The Katz homer was his first as a Spike and as a professional. Washington’s blast was his fifth of the season as he tied Hudson Valley’s Oscar Hernandez for the New York-Penn League lead in RBIs with 23.
Washington, Katz and Steven Ramos each had two hits, and Matthew Young doubled for the Spikes.
Also, catcher Dante Rosenberg made his professional debut, going 1-for-2 with a walk while catching 11 innings in the 94-degree heat. Rosenberg, who just completed his career at South Carolina, was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals last week and assigned to State College.
The Spikes got another solid outing on the mound from their starter, with Willy Paulino giving up three hits and four walks over five innings, striking out five. He wriggled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning with two of those strikeouts helping to quiet the Renegades.
Field, Jonathan Quinonez and Omar Narvaez each had two hits for Hudson Valley. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth, a Quinonez double was followed by a Ty Young RBI triple and a Field sacrifice fly to tie up the contest.
The Renegades then won it when Quinonez singled with one out, and after Young walked, Field ripped his double to end the game.
The run was scored off Mitch Harris (1-1), who took the loss after surrendering his first run of the season. he struck out two, walked two and gave up two hits over 2 1/3 innings as the fourth Spike pitcher.
Rick Teasley, the fourth Renegade on the mound, allowed two hits and a walk with one strikeout over three shutout innings for the win.
The Spikes return to the field — and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park — at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday to host the Lowell Spinners, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, to begin a three-game series. Right-hander Nick Petree (0-1) will start for State College. The game opens a six-game homestand, with the Connecticut Tigers visiting Saturday through Monday.