On the heels of a marathon baseball game, the State College Spikes were in need of an easy night, and for some success.
With impressive outings from pitchers Juan Perez and Landon Beck, the Spikes shut down the Hudson Valley Renegades 2-0 Friday night at Dutchess Stadium, ending a three-game slide.
State College pitchers posted their fourth shutout win of season as the mound duo combined for a seven-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Perez (4-1), who was the New York-Penn League’s Pitcher of the Week earlier this week, struck out five, walked two and gave up three hits while lowering his season ERA to 2.27.
Beck struck out six over four innings with four hits and no walks while earning his first of the season. His ERA dropped to 2.67.
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Angel Yepez (2-1) took the loss depite a solid effort, giving up five hits and no walks with three strikeouts over six innings. Both runs were unearned.
Thursday night in Aberdeen, Md., the Ironbirds prevailed 6-5 in 14 innings over the Spikes, needing 4 hours, 36 minutes to finish the game.
On Friday, the Spikes (16-17) and Renegades (18-15) were done in just 2:11.
The game was decided in just the first few minutes of action, too.
Michael Pritchard reached with a one-out single, and Thomas Spitz followed with a single, with both runners moving up on a ground out. Leobaldo Pina then hit a bouncing ball to shortstop Michael Russell that ticked off his glove into short left field, and both runners raced home.
Spitz finished 2 for 4, while Pritchard now has scored 22 runs. He entered the night second in the league in runs scored.
Cade Gotta and Taylor Hawkins each doubled for the Renegades, who left nine runners on base and were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Notes: The Spikes saw two additions to the roster Friday, after it was depleted by Thursday’s marathon. The team received right-handed pitcher Kevin Alexander and outfielder Jhohan Acevedo from Class A Peoria. Alexander pitched for the Spikes at the end of last season, and Acevedo began this season in State College. Alexander did not pitch, and Acevedo was a defensive replacement late in the game. ... Beck was originally set to pitch Saturday but was moved up in the rotation. Carson Cross (1-1, 3.75 ERA), who was Sunday’s scheduled starter, will be on the hill Saturday, facing Renegades righty Benton Moss (1-0, 2.16).