Carson Cross led a trio of State College Spikes pitchers in a five-hit shutout of the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday night, with a 2-0 victory extending the team’s win streak to six.
Cross (2-2) surrendered all the hits in his six innings of work, striking out five and lowering his ERA to 2.70. Max Almonte and Tyler Bray finished the game, with Bray striking out two in two innings for his second save, and the trio did not walk a batter.
The shutout was the sixth of the season for State College pitchers.
Brooklyn’s Kevin Canelon (4-4) struck out 11 and didn’t walk anyone while givin up six hits and both runs for the loss at MCU Park.
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The six-game win streak extended the best stretch of the year for the Spikes (28-24), who have won 10 of their last 12 and remained in the lead in the New York-Penn League’s wild card standings.
Thomas Spitz, Craig Aikin and Jose Godoy each had two hits to lead State College, with Aikin belting a double.
The Spikes got the only run they needed in the second inning with Orlando Olivera reaching on a one-out single and scoring on a triple from Godoy.
They added their other run in the seventh when Ronnierd Garcia singled, moved to third on a Godoy single and scored on a Jesse Jenner sacrifice fly.
Jose Garcia was 2 for 3 with a double to pace the Cyclone offense.
The teams close their three-game series Friday, the last game of the regular season for State College against a team outside the Pinckney Division.
Notes: Left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans (1-1, 1.08 ERA) will start Friday’s 7 p.m. game against Cyclone righty Eddie Villasmil (0-0, 2.08). ... The Spikes return home for two games against the West Virginia Black Bears on Saturday and Sunday before a two-day break for the league’s all-star game. ... State College added two players to the roster Thursday. Infielder Michael Massi arrived from Class A Peoria, after spending most of the year at Advanced-A Palm Beach. Right-handed pitcher Steven De La Cruz had registered a team-high six saves at rookie-level Johnson City before his arrival.