RHP Matt Foust (2-4) started the game and went just 2.2 innings pitched, giving up five runs on three hits. The righty walked two and hit a batter.
The scoring for Tri-City started in the first when a two-out base hit by Russell Dixon scored Charlie Gamble to give the ValleyCats a 1-0 lead. But Tri-City erupted for four runs off of Foust the following frame. After Foust loaded the bases, the ValleyCats’ Brandon Barnes ripped a double inside the third-base bag for a double to clear the bases. Tri-City added another run when Gamble drove in Barnes to put the Cats up 5-0.
The Spikes would chip into the lead in the fourth with three consecutive one-out hits. Andrew Walker singled, and Marcus Davis doubled, putting runners at second and third. Matt Cavagnaro hit a ball to left field scoring the pair to cut the deficit to 5-2. Cavagnaro scored one batter later on Erik Huber’s infield single. ValleyCat shortstop Craig Corrado’s throw was wild allowing Cavagnaro to score to cut the Tri-City lead to 5-3.
That’s all the Spikes would get as LHP Anthony Bello (2-4) went 6.0 innings. He and reliever Carlos Leduth combined to set down 12 consecutive batters from the fifth to ninth inning.
The ValleyCats added two runs in the sixth inning off of Brandon Williams, who did an admirable job in relief of Foust, going 3.1 innings. Tri-City also scored one in the seventh off of reliever Michael Felix to extend their lead to 8-3.
The Spikes will look to take the rubber match of the series tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. RHP Nicolas Suero (2-3) will toe the rubber for the Spikes as they look to pull back within .500 before the All-Star break. State College will return to action on Thursday against Williamsport at Historic Bowman Field, and then will play August 17 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park against the Crosscutters. Great seats for that game are still available and can be obtained by calling 877-99-SPIKES, or by logging on to State College Spikes.com.
NOTES—With the loss, the Spikes fell to 4.5 games back of first place as Auburn beat Brooklyn 2-0, and Mahoning Valley beat Aberdeen 7-0…SS Brian Friday wrote his name into the history books by extending his hitting streak to 14 games, tying Allen Craig for the longest in team history. Craig recorded consecutive hits last year from July 14-31…Friday also reached base for the 16th consecutive game and is one game away from tying Nathan Southard’s record of 17 straight games of getting on base…With the loss, the Spikes could not secure a third-straight win. State College has not won three in a row since their nine-game winnings streak in early July.
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