Leobaldo Pina went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs to lead the State College Spikes to a 9-1 win over the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday night at Dwyer Stadium.
Pina’s big night included his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Josh Swirchak went 3 for 4 for the Spikes, who finished with 13 hits. All nine Spikes players scored and eight finished with hits.
State College starting pitcher Jorge Rodriguez pitched seven innings, allowing one unearned run and five hits while striking out six and walking one to earn the win. Jacob Evans pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
The Spikes (21-21) got on the board in the first inning on Pina’s RBI double to left field.
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Batavia (15-26) evened the score in the bottom of the first, sparked by leadoff hitter Anfernee Seymour. He singled to center field, stole second base and advanced to third on an error by Pina on a pickoff attempt. Taylor Munden lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in the Muckdogs’ first and only run.
State College took the lead for good in the fifth, thanks to Swirchak and Pina.
After Ronnierd Garcia drew a leadoff walk, Swirchak tripled to left field to give the Spikes a 2-1 lead. Pina homered to left field with two outs to push the lead to three runs.
Batavia starting pitcher Travis Neubeck allowed four runs (three earned) in 42/3 innings to take the loss.
The State College shortstop drove in another run with a single in the seventh inning. Orlando Olivera hit his second home run of the season to start a three-run eighth inning.
The Spikes added a run in the ninth on a groundout by Jhohan Acevedo.
Garcia returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering an injury June 30. He finished 1 for 4 and scored a run Monday.
Notes: The Spikes and Muckdogs continue their series Tuesday night at 7:05. Dailyn Martinez (2-3, 4.25 ERA) will be on the mound for the Spikes, while Brett Lilek (0-2, 6.11) will start for Batavia. ... Left-handed pitcher Ian McKinney was promoted to Single-A Peoria on Monday. McKinney went 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA in eight starts for State College this season. ... Batavia has the worst record in the New York-Penn League at 15-26. ... Casey Grayson went 0 for 4 with a walk Monday, extending his on-base streak to 15 games. Grayson has now reached base in 38 of the 39 games he’s made a plate appearance.