State College Spikes

State College Spikes: Power surge blasts Staten Island Yankees

State College hadn’t hit a home run in 15 games, but on Tuesday night at Richmond County Ballpark the Spikes launched four homers en route to a 7-3 win over Staten Island.

The Spikes (28-19) won their eighth straight and stayed atop the New York-Penn League’s wild card standings by a game over Lowell, which beat Mahoning Valley 4-3.

Jacob Booden (3-0) earned the win in relief. Dillon McNamara (3-3) took the loss.

Luke Voit gave the Spikes a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the third inning. Carson Kelly hit a three-run homer in the seventh. In the eighth, Steven Ramos lifted a solo shot to left and David Washington followed with a two-run blast to left-center.

Jose Rosario (2-for-4) and Derek Toadvine (2-for-5) were the only Yankees with multiple hits.

Not to be outdone by the power display, the State College pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts and lowered its league-best ERA to 2.43.

Jimmy Reed started and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in four innings. The left-hander also walked three and struck out four.

Booden and Mitch Harris each went two innings in relief. Booden relieved Reed in the fifth and gave up one hit, fanned two and walked one. Harris recorded four of his six outs via strikeout. The righty also gave up a single and a walk and lowered his team-best ERA to 0.44.

Jeff Rauh gave up a hit and struck out one to end the game in the ninth. The Spikes staff held Staten Island (19-28) to just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

The Yankees’ staff, which is tied with Hudson Valley for the league-lead in homers allowed (28), struck out just three batters and walked six.

Voit’s homer was the lone blemish against Staten Island starter Conner Kendrick, who pitched five solid innings. Kendrick allowed just two hits and one run, but was let down by his bullpen.

McNamara pitched two innings in relief and gave up three runs on one hit. He also walked three. Sam Agnew-Wieland pitched just one inning and gave up the homers to Ramos and Washington.

Voit’s homer was his second this season and State College’s first since Washington’s walk-off grand slam on July 20 against Connecticut.

Trailing 1-0, the Yankees touched Reed for three runs in the fifth. Kale Sumner led off the inning with a walk and after a Jose Rosario line drive to left field, Isaias Tejeda singled home Sumner from second. A Washington error at first plated two more for Staten Island after a Toadvine grounder later in the inning.

Walks to Luis Perez and Washington preceded Kelly’s three-run blast to center in the seventh. The homer was Kelly’s second this season.

Ramos led the eighth with his first homer of the season, which was followed by Washington’s seventh, a two-run shot that gave him an NY-PL leading 35 RBIs.

By virtue of Jamestown’s 5-3 victory over Vermont Tuesday, the Spikes remain two games back of the Pinckney Division leaders. The Jammers (29-17) host the Spikes for two games Aug. 16-17.

Andrew Pierce (0-2) will taken on Staten Island’s William Davis in Game 2 of the three-game series Wednesday.