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State College Spikes fall to Staten Island Yankees, see win streak end

The State College Spikes saw their three-game win streak halted Monday night.

The Spikes (4-6) had trouble getting timely hits in a 5-1 loss to the Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

State College had nine hits but left 12 runners on base and the team was 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position as it fell for the first time on its current road trip.

The Yankees pounded out 11 hits and Drew Bridges ripped a three-run home run.

Landon Beck (0-1) started and took the loss, giving up three hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts in four innings. Luke Harrison made his pro debut, pitching two innings of shutout relief.

Reliever Josh Roeder, the second of five Yankee pitchers, tossed two innings and picked up the win, while Sean Carley earned the save.

Leobaldo Pina celebrated his 21st birthday by going 2 for 4, and Casey Grayson also was 2 for 4.

Jeff Hendrix, who was 2 for 4, got the Yankees on the board with a leadoff single in the third inning, stealing second and scoring on Thairo Estrada’s double.

The Yankees added a run in the seventh, with Hendrix drawing a one-out walk, stealing second and scoring on a Brandon Wagner single.

The Spikes had a few scoring chances, including putting runners at second and third with one out in the eighth, but were unable to cash in. Josh Swirchak came in as a pinch runner in the eighth, making his professional debut for State College.

Staten Island padded the lead in the eighth with Bridges’ three-run homer to right, his second blast of the season as he went 2 for 3.

The Spikes finally got on the board in the ninth, with Craig Aikin reaching on a one-out single, moving up on a wild pitch and scoring on a Thomas Spitz single. After a walk put another runner on base, the rally ended and so did the modest win streak.

Notes: Before the game, the Spikes announced the addition of Harrison Bader to the roster. Bader was a third-round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, and just completed a run with Florida to the College World Series. The outfielder batted .348 with two home runs and five RBIs with the Gators in four games in the Series. He was a third-team All-American this season, clubbing 17 homers and knocking in 66 runs in 67 games. ... The teams complete their three-game series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with State College right-hander Carson Cross making his pro debut, facing Staten Island lefty Derek Callahan (1-0). The Spikes then return home to meet the West Virginia Black Bears for three games starting Tuesday.

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