July 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM
Hey Spikes fans! Happy Friday! It's Audrey here reporting from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. While State College received a lot of rain throughout the day, fortunately the game is still schedule for its 7:05 p.m. start. Luckily I haven't seen the tarp on the field tonight and let's keep it that way!
2B Ryan Schimpf
LF Chris Hopkins
SS Ryan Goins
1B Sean Ochinko
DH Wellinton Ramirez
C Yan Gomes
RF Eric Eiland
3B Kyle Gilligan
CF Markus Brisker
LHP Evan Crawford
SS Brock Holt
2B Ty Summerlin
CF Evan Chambers
1B Aaron Baker
DH David Rubinstein
LF Pat Irvine
3B Carlos Silva
C Craig Parry
RF Edward Garcia
LHP Tyler Cox
The Spikes (20-21) hope Silva's hot bat will continue after he played a major role in the three road wins. Tonight game with the Doubledays (16-25) marks the beginning of a seven game home stand. It will be interesting to see if the Spikes can bounce back after dropping the second game of last night's doubleheader.
Schimpf- grounded out to 2B
Hopkins- popped out to LF
After some technical difficulties here in the box we are back up and running.
Holt-single to 1B; Holt hit a chopper to the first baseman who was unable to hit the pitcher in stride as he tried to cover the bag.
Summerlin- Holt steals 2B; popped out in foul territory behind third base
Chambers-BB; runners on first and second one out
Baker-k looking, Baker was caught off guard by a fat change up
Rubinstein- grounds out to 2B; runners left on first and second base
Copain and I were just stumped by the guess that baseball phrase thing that pops up on the scoreboard. Its like a simplified version of wheel of fortune, but without the wheel:)
Copain was shouting out wrong answers that clearly weren't even close to the answer of Drag bunt. Copain's guess...... Trade bait. So I guess he missed the fact that they gave the letters d, a, g, b and oh yes even t!! Oh Copain, but I wasn't much better either I refused to even guess.
Ochinko-count is full, grounds out to SS Holt
Ramirez- single over the head of SS Holt
Gomes- 1b to LF
Eiland- BB, bases loaded, 1 out
Gilligan-grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and take away the threat of any Doubledays runs
Inflatable mascots just took the field down the first baseline for some entertainment. Bear Bonds and Harry Canary were quite exciting as they danced around, but the biggest laugh came when Bonds fell on the wet grass and struggled to get back up. It's something about injured mascots that I find entertaining. Now back to the game....
Irvine- rips an off speed pitch back up the middle for a single
Silva- making his first plate appearance at Medlar Field this season, count is full Irvine picked off trying to steal 2B; Silva walks
Garcia- count is 2-0, meeting on the mound; grounds into 4-6-3 double play to end the inning
Brisker-popped out to CF Chambers
Schimpf- single to RF
Hopkins-Silva dives to make the stop, he is unable to get the runner at 2B, but throws from his knees to retire the runner at first base
Apparently these inflatable creatures are part of the evening. There are pretty hilarious as Cow Ripken Jr. just attacked a Doubledays player and battled in some sort of dance off. It was very strange.
Holt-blooped a single down the third base line
Chambers- grounded out to 3B, Holt out at 2B, Chambers safe at 1B
Baker-flied out to CF
Ramirez-flied out to shallow RF, catch made by Summerlin
Rubinstein-flied out in foul territory
Silva- grounded out to 3B
Another crazy inflatable creature is on the field. This time it is number 23 Mackerel Jordan. This crazy act is spitting out baseballs and just ate the Spikes' bat boy. I'm anxious to see where and or how the bat boy comes out. He just was thrown out of the mouth of the fish and was wearing Spongebob boxers and high socks. Quite the unique look.
Pitching change for the Spikes: LHP Nelson Pereira now enters the game
Eiland- K swinging
Gilligan-single back to the pitcher
Brisker-popped out to 2B Summerlin
Schimpf-Gilligan steals 2B, Parry's throw off line, but stopped by Holt; grounded out to 1B Baker
Parry- count is full, BB
Garcia- trying for the sacrifice bunt and pops the first two pitches up into foul territory, offers with the bunt on strike three
Holt-flied out to LF
Summerlin-Parry steals 2B, runner on second with 2 outs, BB
Chambers-meeting on the mound, pitching change RHP Jamie Lehman enters for the Doubledays. 2 outs, Chambers count is full, BB
Baker- bases loaded with two outs, K
RHP Zach Anderson enters for the Doubledays
Rubinstein-1B to CF
Silva-1b to RF, runners on first and second with one out.
Parry-On a night like this where there have only been nine singles combined by both teams only a few things can help keep me alert. One of those is Parry's entrance song. "Wild at Heart" by the up and coming country group Glorianna is just enough to wake me up and keep my attention for a bit. Glorianna is currently touring with Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler so be sure to check them out when the hit the BJC Aug. 29th.
Parry flied out to deep RF, Rubinstein tug up and is on 3B with two outs
Garcia-flied out to right-center field. So much for scoring any runs any time soon. We are deadlocked at zero.
Gomes-flied out to 1B Baker in foul territory
Gilligan- they have him entering to the Gilligans Island theme song how catchy. Flies out to CF
After a splendid rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame from one of the blow up creatures we are now listening to one of Copain's favorite songs Space Jam!! Copain just observed the inflatable man shooting silly string and water out of his belt. What talent. To quote Copain, "It's disturbing."
Pitching change for the Doubledays: RHP Brian Justice enters the game
Holt- Jacks the third pitch over the RF wall for a home run. First run of the game has been scored, 1-0 Spikes. That was Holt's second HR in as many nights
Chambers-grounded out to 3B
Brisker- flied out to LF
Schimpf-grounded out to 2B Summerlin
Rubinstein-flied out to RF
Pitching change: RHP Marc Baca enters for the Spikes
Well it's the last chance for the Doubledays to try and rally.
Goins-flied out to LF
Ochinko- grounds out to SS Holt
Ramirez-3-1 count, 1B to LF
Gomes- Ramirez steals 2B, 2-2 count K
Spikes win 1-0
The Spikes (21-21) had six hits in the game, while the Doubledays (16-26) had five hits. Nelson Pereira records the win for the Spikes.
The Spikes continue the series tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.
Have a good night folks!
July 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM
It's Audrey here, delivering the latest Spikes roster move.
Third baseman Matt Payne has been released from the Spikes' roster. The infielder who was in his second season with the team struggled early on and was unable to rebound from his rough start. In the 10 games Payne played with the team he was only able to record a .129 batting average and was tied for second on the team with six errors.
Payne was selected by the Pirates in the 34th round (1,014 overall) in the 2008 draft.
Payne didn't see much action during the last three weeks and it seemed as if it was only a matter of time until he was sent packing. The third baseman had only appeared in four games in the month of July.
July 26, 2009 at 5:57 PM
Starting lineups for tonight's game
Riportella- ripped the first pitch to CF for a single. I don't think he wasted any time attacking Dumatrait's big league fastball
Jackson-popped out to LF
Ahmady- flied out to Holt at SS
Scruggs- Dumatrait is throwing in the low 90's which will be interesting to see how the Muckdogs adjust to his velocity. Riportella was just gunned down by Mendez as he tried to steal 2B. Mendez reeled off a beautiful throw to get the third out of the inning. Dumatrait threw five pitches in the inning.
Holt-stand up double. RF Rodriguez charged in way to far to try and make the play and ended up missing the ball by a long shot on what should have been a routine play.
Summerlin- flied out to deep center field and Holt advanced to 3B
Chambers-fouled out to the first baseman with a pop near the Spikes dug out;
Baker- RBI double, Baker ripped the ball down the first base line and the RF did not field it cleanly, easily allowing Baker to make it to second. Holt scored
Rubinstein- RBI single to shallow CF, Baker scores
Irvine-fielder's choice to the SS
The Spikes did a nice job of being aggressive at the plate with two outs and were able to jump out to the early lead over the Muckdogs.
Scruggs-blasted the second pitch thrown to him nearly slicing around the LF foul pole. After a fiery confrontation from the third base coach the official ruling is now a HR. Spikes Manager Gary Robinson made sure to talk to the umpire as well, perhaps to get a better clarification on why it took so long for the ruling.
Rodriguez- grounded out to 1B
Castro- flied out to RF
The Muckdogs showed signs of life and were able to post their first run of the series after getting shut out last night. I wonder how long Dumatrait will go tonight in his rehab appearance?
Vasquez- Having Garcia and Vasquez in the 7th and 8th spots assures me of one thing-lively dance music.As they step up to the plate the upbeat tempo blasts throughout the park keeping the fans and Copian awake.
Vasquez- full count, triples with a ball that the CF misplayed. The CF, which is different than the one from last night's game tried to run straight back and had no luck holding on to the bell. The outfield continues to be a problem for the Muckdogs who have already misplayed a ball in RF tonight.
Mendez- 1 out, Vasquez on 3B, bloop single over the SS head
The Nookie Monster has already made three appearances tonight, could we see more?
Holt- singles past the SS, and Mendez advances to 2B
Summerlin-lined out to the second baseman, easily doubling up Mendez who had a decent lead off of the bag
Oh and I have just gotten confirmation that the Zebra I mentioned in the pre game post is officially named Zippy. Quite creative
Toribio-fouled out to 1B Baker who made the play near the Spikes dug out
Dumatrait is using a great deal of off-speed pitches to fan Muckdogs' batters after using his fastball to glide through the first inning.
Chambers- flies out to deep LF
Baker- flied out to CF, maybe the Muckdogs' outfield is finally getting their act together after mishaps earlier in the game.
Rubinstein- fouls a ball off the box next to us and I get my wish...the catchy broken glass commercial. It's something about the sound of shattering glass at a minor league park that I just find fascinating. Rubinstein flies out to RF
Jackson-singled to RF
Ahmady-full count, stand up double to CF, Jackson advances to third base with no outs
Scruggs-fielder's choice to 3B Vasquez who has the ball bounce up on him, but is able to regain control and fire the runner out at the plate. 1 out
Rodriguez-RBI single over the head of SS Holt. Jackson scores
Vasquez-flied out to RF, runners hold
Castro-lined out to 2B Summerlin
The Muckdogs were able to put another run on the board and were starting to wear away at Dumatrait. It seems that Dumatrait is having better luck with commanding his off-speed pitches after watching last inning.
Irvine-flied out to CF
Garcia-flied out to deep CF. The center fielder looked like he was back peddling the entire time trying to catch up to the ball. Maybe if he would have taken a run at it sideways it would have made for an easier play. First step should always be back then turn sideways and run it down if need be, just pointing it out.
Martinez-safe at first base after a fielding error by Ty Summerlin
Toribio- fielding error on Vasquez who did a nice job of using the backhand to field the ball but then lost it in transition for the throw, runners at first and second
Riportella- sacrifice bunt down the third base line fielded cleanly by Vasquez, runners advance, 1 out.
Jackson-Sacrifice fly to LF. Irvine made a nice play to slide in and make the play, but the ball was it too deep to try and get the tagging runner out at the plate
Tied at 3
Ahmady- 2 outs, runner on second, hits the ball to Holt at SS, Holt throws it a bit low to Baker at first base, but Baker is unable to pick up the low ball, allowing the runner to score. Error is charged to Holt. It's the third Spikes error of the inning. Muckdogs take the lead 4-3
Three errors cost the Spikes two runs as the Muckdogs take the lead.
Mendez-grounds out to the third baseman
Holt- stand up double to RF, while Holt's new song which I'm still trying to figure out what it's called, seems a bit depressing apparently it's working for him. Holt ripped a stand up double.
Summerlin- grounds out to first baseman, Holt advances to third base with two outs
Chambers-flied out to CF
Just finished the eye race, where Iris outlasted the competition to notch another win.
Pitching change for the Spikes: LHP Nelson Pereira enters the game
Vasquez-pops out to ss Holt
Castro-single up the middle
Martinez-flied out to CF Chambers
Pitching change: RHP Christopher Corrigan enters for the Muckdogs
Baker-grounded out to the shortstop. Jackson made a beautiful backhand snag on the hard hit ball to retire Baker
Rubinstein-grounds out to 3B
Irvine- I must say Irvine's song, which is part of the Remember the Titans soundtrack, is an awesome way to step up to the plate. Even though he struck out swinging, mad props on the song.
Riportella-popped out in foul territory to 1B Baker
Jackson-flied out to LF Irvine.
The pop out to Irvine made me think of his at-bat song which I was finally able to recall. It's called Up Around the Bend by the one and only Creedence Clearwater Revival. It's definitely worth taking a listen to.
Garcia- count is full, BB; the first walk of the game for both teams
Vasquez-grounds into 6-4-3 double play
Mendez-singles to the right-center gap with two outs
Holt-grounds out to the pitcher
Ahmady-grounds out to shortstop Holt
Scruggs-fouled out to 1B Baker
Rodriguez-BB, Pereira's first walk issued tonight
Summerlin-check swings and makes contact, grounding out to the third baseman
Chambers-grounds out to second baseman
Castro-popped out to 2B Summerlin
Martinez-K, Pereira's 4th of the game
Toribio-fielding error on Holt as Toribio reaches first safely. Holt tried to backhand the ball and was unable to keep it in his glove, causing his second error of the game. His first error was a throwing error in the fifth inning.
Riportella- Toribio was thrown out trying to steal second base by a perfect throw from Mendez. It's the second runner Mendez has thrown out tonight.
There is currently an five member pep band standing on top of the dug out playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." It's just been a strange night since the mascot kick ball game.
Pitching change: RHP LaCurtis Mayes enters for the Muckdogs
Rubinstein- I guess we will find out if the Spikes have a comeback in them. Spikes get off to a good start with Rubinstein singling to LF
Irvine- showing bunt and fouls it, now taking the count to 1-2. Flies out to deep right-center field and Rubinstein holds at first
Garcia- Rubinstein advances to second on a passed ball; K swinging
Vasquez- the Spikes have a runner on second with two outs as the fans are clapping, hoping for a rally; Zombie Nation is playing as Vasquez now has the count at 2-1, he fouls it off to keep his at-bat alive. Vasquez strikes out swinging on a 91 mph fastball to end the game.
Final 4-3 Muckdogs win
The Spikes (17-20) were unable to overcome a fifth inning where they surrendered two runs on three errors. Nelson Pereira pitched four innings in relief of starter Phil Dumatrait and gave up only one hit. The Spikes now hit the road for a five game road trip which begins tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. when they take on the Auburn Doubledays in the first of a two game series.
As the fireworks light up the sky it means it's my time to get back to work--Audrey
July 26, 2009 at 5:22 PM
Hey folks! It's Audrey here coming to you from the press box at Medlar Field. It's time for another great Short-Season single A pregame promotion. Tonight is mascot mania and if you thought Reggie the Purple thing was crazy last night, (Copain thought he was) we've taken insanity to another level. Along the first base line numerous mascots decided to play a game of kickball. There was Ike, the Nookie Monster, Grimace from McDonalds, the Hamburglar, the blood hound from the Red Cross, the State High Lion, a zebra and some other strange looking furry thing. Ike was the ace tonight and stole the show. He pitched two strong innings and even had a lead off in the park home run. Unfortunately Ike's efforts didn't mean too much as his highly talented squad ended the game in a tie. The ending could have been a little better, but I had to stop Copain from trying to start a riot over not playing extra innings. Mr. Hustle aka Smoky the Bear, got quite the cardio workout when he sprinted across the field after a liner from Ike the Spike. Smoky looked to be a bit winded, maybe years of second hand smoke from forest fires does that to you.The mascots have now left the field and I don't know how the big purple blog known as Grimace made it off the field under his own will. Grimace nearly tripped over the people who were lining the infield but have no fear disaster was avoided.
July 26, 2009 at 4:23 PM
Greetings Spikes fans! It's Audrey, here to report a roster change. RHP Owen Brolsma will be joining the Spikes. Brolsma is coming to State College after playing in 27 games with Single-A West Virginia.
In his 27 games this season he has pitched 37 innings, yielding 12 earned runs and has recorded two saves. He will bring his 2.92 ERA with him to State College. The 24 year old spent time with the Spikes last season where he appeared in 21 games and watched as his ERA rose to 10.01.
Brolsma was the Pirates' 48th round pick in the 2008 draft.
It is still undetermined what number he will wear. We will keep you posted if we find out more information. See you at the park!
July 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM
Teddy Fallon now pitching for the Spikes. Holden's line: one inning, no hits, runs, walks or strikeouts
Jackson - singles on first pitch to right field (won't test Garcia's arm like Rodriguez did in the seventh)
Ingram - pops out to third
Goodwin - flies out to right (Garcia has an absolute cannon. He almost doubles off Jackson from first)
Fans left at Medlar start the slow clap with two strikes and two outs - and Fallon subsequently uncorks a wild pitch to the backstop.
Ahmady - grounds out to short
Spikes win 8-0. Players slap hands and townspeople rejoice.
Batavia - no runs, four hits, no errors
State College - eight runs, seven hits, no errors
WP: Bankston (2-3)
LP: Hooker (1-3)
We'll see you tomorrow night at the park when the Spikes finish off the series with Batavia at 6:05 p.m. for Phil Dumatrait-mania
Josh Squatrito now pitching for Batavia
Rosales' line: one inning, one hit, one run, one walk
Chambers - grounds out to short
Baker - strikes out swinging
Byler - grounds out to third
End 8th, 8-0 Spikes
Brandon Holden now pitching for State College, pitching for the second straight night.
Final line on Bankston: seven innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, three strikeouts
Mniaci here, briefly taking over for Copain.
Vasquez- flies out to left
De La Cruz - flies out to right
Copain here, retaking the blog after an epic kung fu battle with Miniaci. (I lied, Miniaci points out he would own me in a fight)
Martinez - flies out to right
Mid 8th, 8-0 Spikes
Final line on Richardson - two innings, one hit, three runs, three walks, one strikeout
Andres Rosales is the new pitcher for Batavia. Irvine greets him by sending his second pitch over the wall in right center for a solo homer. It's Irvine's first home run and 17th RBI of the season. 8-0 Spikes.
Garcia - walks
Vasquez - flies out to center
Parry - hit by pitch (again - second time he's been hit tonight)
Holt - pops out to second on over the shoulder catch by Goodwin
Summerlin - flies out to left
End 7th, 8-0 Spikes
Bankston's longest start this season with the Spikes was seven innings July 8 against Batavia. He starts the seventh tonight.
Ahmady - grounds out to third
Scruggs - pops out to second
Fantastic catch by the fan in the box on a foul ball. He gets his traditional cheer from the crowd
Rodriguez - singles to right in front of a sliding Garcia. Garcia misses it badly, but recovers by firing a strike to throw out Rodriguez at second
Mid 7th, 7-0 Spikes
Iris (Blue) finally got a win in the eye race by knocking Evil (green) out in the final moments. Serves me right for going with the favorite.
Final line on Batavia starter Deryk Hooker: four innings, five hits, four runs, three walks, two strikeouts
Vasquez - grounds out to short
Parry - hit by pitch; caught stealing at second
Holt - walked
Summerlin - walked
As Chambers comes up, I feel it should be mandatory that every team have one player whose at-bat music is Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne.
Chambers - walks
Miniaci's getting sick of 500 miles by the Proclaimers. He should. He's heard it six times tonight (Six Spikes walks)
Baker - RBI triple that clears the bases. Holt, Summerlin and Chambers score as Ingram misplays a fly ball for the second time tonight. Both times he ended up missing on a dive. 7-0 Spikes
Byler - strikes out
End 6th, 7-0 Spikes
Reggy just appeared with an inflated monkey. Just saying.
Martinez - pops out to second
Jackson - (Audrey finally gets her smashing glass) - grounds out to third
Ingram - doubles down the left field line
Goodwin - grounds out to second
Time for the eye race, my money's on the green eye
Mid 6th, 4-0 Spikes
It's been almost half the game, there hasn't been one smashing glass commercial with a foul ball. Audrey is bewildered
Dan Richardson now pitching for Batavia
Byler - grounds out to third
Irvine - grounds out to the pitcher, who catches it behind his back and makes a flip to first
Garcia - grounds out to short
End 5th, 4-0 Spikes
For a mascot, Ike the Spike manuevers very nicely on the dugout looking to handout free chocolate. He has the grace of a gazelle. He's like the Jerry Rice of minor league mascots
Rodriguez - flies out to center field; almost a disaster but Chambers makes the play
Vasquez - grounds out to first
De La Cruz - pops out to shortstop
Mid 5th, 4-0 Spikes
Vasquez - grounds out to the pitcher
Parry - walks
Holt - grounds into fielder's choice. Parry out at second on diving stop by Jackson at short; steals second during Summerlin's at bat
Summerlin - RBI triple to center field out of the reach of a diving Ingram, Holt scores.
Chambers - walks
Baker - grounds out to first
End 4th, 4-0 Spikes
The Umpire finally gave in to Regina's advances (Reggy's mom), giving her a dance and a kiss. I must say, he held out pretty long for a mascot as breathtaking as Regina
Goodwin - pops out to short
Ahmady - strikes out swinging
Scruggs - strikes out swinging
Mid 4th, 3-0 Spikes
Music has been strong tonight. In a three minute span, we went from Zeppelin to White Stripes to that Foo Fighters song from Varsity Blues
Baker (the clean-up hitter) - Doubles to left field off the wall. Jairo Martinez picked a fight with the wall. Guess who won? (hint: not Martinez)
Byler - strikes out swinging
Irvine (I have confirmed it is The Rock's old entrance music that Irvine's coming out to tonight) - flies to left
Garcia - bloop RBI single to right field, Baker scores. 3-0 Spikes
With Vasquez batting, Garcia thrown out trying to steal second
End 3rd, 3-0 Spikes
Martinez - flied out to center
Jackson - flied out to center
Ingram - pops out to Vasquez
Mid 3rd, 2-0 Spikes
I don't think it was the first base coach Reggy was messin' with last inning, seeing that said first base coach was doing splits with him between innings.
Back to computron mode
Garcia - doubles to right center field
Vasquez - grounds to pitcher, Garcia safe at third base, Vasquez ends up at second. Might be the first time I've ever seen a two-base fielder's choice.
They're trying to lure out the Nookie Monster, he's lurking like Jaws
Parry - grounds out to second; nice play by Goodwin on a dive. Garcia scores, Vasquez moves to third. 1-0 Spikes
Holt - strikes out, catcher drops ball and throws to first to complete play.
Summerlin - RBI single to left field, Vasquez scores. 2-0 Spikes
Summerlin almost gets picked off and ends up in a rundown, but somehow makes it back to first when Scruggs misses the tag and no one's covering first. His efforts go for naught as Chambers flies out to right
End 2nd, 2-0 Spikes
Sports editor Dave Miniaci wants me to add more humanity. So i've added Reggy the Purple People thing getting elbowed by the Batavia first base coach followed by a fan catching a foul ball in his cap.
Now back to soulless blogging.
Rodriguez - flies out to center
Vasquez - grounds out to short (Reggy is having fun with the Batavia first base coach, I think)
De La Cruz - hits a ball off of Summerlin into right field; ruled a single
Martinez - De La Cruz caught stealing at second (while Reggy gets a fist bump from Bankston)
Mid 2nd, no score
Holt - pops out to second
Summerlin - lines out to second
Chambers - walks
Baker - hit by pitch
Byler - hit by pitch
Irvine (who I believe has changed his at-bat song to The Rock's entrance music) - grounds into fielder's choice; Byler out at second. Spikes leave bases loaded.
End 1st; no score
Spikes breaking out the Camouflage uniforms tonight with the American flags, looking pretty spiffy. As long as its not the tuxedo unis that Triple-A Lehigh Valley wore recently, it's OK in my book.
Ingram - grounds out to short
Goodwin - strikes out looking on a full count
Ahmady - walks
Scruggs - grounds into fielder's choice at second
Mid 1st, no score
Update - 7:15: First pitch now at 7:25
Update - 6:41: Tarp's coming off the field right now, the p.a. has officially announced they are shooting for a 7:20 first pitch. Again, I will update if anything changes, but right now they are aiming for first pitch around 7:20 - Copain
Update - 6:30: Tarp is still on the field and it's still raining. No official announcement on a delay or a new start time, but I will let you know when we do - Copain
Good evening from Medlar Field everybody.
Copain here (apparently I wasn't allergic to the potato salad) to take you through tonight's game, the first of a two-game series between the Spikes and the Batavia Muckdogs.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like this game will start on time. A storm is coming through the area and while Medlar Field hasn't become Medlar Lake like it did Thursday, it's looking like there will be a delay before this game gets underway.
Speaking of tonight's game, the Spikes come into tonight's game on a two-game winning streak after sweeping the doubleheader Friday night with Mahoning Valley. A couple of facts from last night's games:
First winning streak for the Spikes since July 9-10
First time Spikes scored double-digit runs since July 5 and the fourth time the Spikes have scored 10 or more runs this season.
First time Spikes scored more than five runs since July 12
Tonight the Spikes try to keep the momentum going by sending righty Maurice Bankston (1-3, 3.00) to the hill. Bankston has pitched relatively well in his last two starts, but he came out the loser both times. Bankston actually has allowed more than two earned runs only once (July 14 at Tri-City), but something to note is that Bankston has ran into trouble in the fifth inning each of his last two starts.
The Muckdogs counter with righthander Deryk Hooker (1-2, 3.51). Hooker pitched five innings in his last start July 20 at Oneonta. Hooker got a no-decision, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out six.
With that here are the starting lineups:
D'Marcus Ingram - CF
Devin Goodwin - 2B
Alan Ahmady - DH
Xavier Scruggs - 1B
Ryde Rodriguez - RF
Niko Vasquez - 3B
Luis De La Cruz - C
Jairo Martinez - LF
Ryan Jackson - SS
Deryk Hooker - SP
State College (16-19)
Brock Holt - SS
Ty Summerlin - 2B
Evan Chambers - CF
Aaron Baker - DH
Justin Byler - 1B
Pat Irvine - LF
Edward Garcia - RF
Andy Vasquez - 3B
Craig Parry - C
Maurice Bankston - SP
July 24, 2009 at 8:05 PM
Starting Lineups - Game 2
CF Jordan Henry
SS Kyle Smith
RF Jason Smit
DH Kyle Bellows
LF Greg Folgia
1B Ben Carlson
3B Rafael Vera
2B Casey Frawley
C Dwight Childs
P Jose Urena
State College Spikes
SS Brock Holt
2B Ty Summerlin
CF Evan Chambers
1B Aaron Baker
DH David Rubinstein
LF Butch Biela
RF Edward Garcia
3B Andy Vasquez
C Miguel Mendez
P Mike Felix
After the walk-off passed ball to end game one, the fans are strolling through the concourse preparing for game two. It's Audrey here in the press box at Medlar Field and with the lights now beaming on the field let's get this game under way.
Henry-grounded out to third baseman Vasquez
Smith-single to left-center field
Smit-reached on fielder's choice, Smith out at second
Bellows-Smit advances to second on a wild pitch; flied out to second baseman Summerlin as he shattered his bat.
Summerlin-fielding error on first baseman Carlson; Holt and Summerlin safe
Chambers-grounds into 4-6-3 double play; Holt on third base
Baker-RBI single to CF, Holt scores
Carlson-grounded out to second baseman Summerlin
Frawley- Home run to LF. Frawley got all of his bat on that one and as soon as the ball
was in the air there was no doubt that it was leaving the park.
Childs- Hit by Pitch
Pitching change- right hander Zach Foster enters for the Spikes
Smith-lines out to second baseman Summerlin
The human hamster ball has just taken place, which is one of my favorite activities at the park. I love watching the challengers come charging out of right field in the inflatable balls, only to see a person wipe out. Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to run in a human hamster ball. We can only hope.
Garcia-fielder's choice to shortstop. Biela out at second, Garcia narrowly beat out the throw
Vasquez- Garcia picked off by a long shot trying to steal second base; Vasquez singles to LF
Mendez-Vasquez steals second base; Mendez walks
Holt steps up to the plate with a new musical selection. His new song, "Chicken Fried" by the Atlanta based, Zac Brown Band is one of my favorites. And you can say you read it here first, the Zac Brown Band will continue to do great things in the world of country music!
Runners advance on a passed ball
Holt- doubles to deep right-center field and Vasquez and Mendez score
Summerlin-lined out to second
Bellows- Smit steals second; K
Folgia-double to left-center field. Chambers made a strong effort to dive for the ball, but his outstretched body was unable to close in on the hard hit ball; Smit scores
Carlson- grounded out to second baseman Summerlin; Folgia advances to third base
Frawley-flied out to RF
Tied at 3
Chambers-single to CF
Baker-fielder's choice, Chambers out at second. Baker safe at first base
Rubinstein-single past a diving Smith at shortstop
Biela-single to RF, takes second base on the throw. Baker scores, Rubinstein to third
Garcia-RBI, grounded out to SS
The Nookie Monster has emerged from behind the LF wall and wow does he have a lot to cheer about now. Spikes lead 5-3
Childs-flied out to deep left field
Henry-grounds out to first baseman Baker
Pitching change: RHP Guido Fonseca enters for the Scrappers
Mendez-grounded out to SS
Holt-Former JoePa guru and Collegian editor Virginia Harrison also agrees that Holt's new song is a great choice. Holt legged out an infield single to first base. Could it be the new song that has Holt playing well tonight? We think so.
Summerlin-Holt takes second on an error by the first baseman; Summerlin walks
Chambers- runners advance on passed ball; Chambers walksBases loaded, one out.Meeting on the mound
Baker-Sacrifice fly to right-center field. Holt scores, Summerlin to third base, Chambers to second base
Rubinstein-triples to right-center field, Summerlin scores, Chambers scores
Rubinstein's triple was a deep ball, but I'm not so sure the Scrappers shouldn't have made the out. From here it looked like RF Smit was going to make the play but lost track of the ball at the last moment.
This has definitely not been the best display of pitching by either team tonight. Fonseca is getting torched by the Spikes batters tonight.
Garcia- triples to left-center field right near the Nookie Monster's Nook; Rubinstein scores, Biela scores
Vasquez- grounds out to SS
The Spikes just finished a five-run inning and with the game only slated for seven innings many fans are making their way to the exits.
Smit- grounded out to the pitcher
Bellows-flied out to LF
Folgia- flied out to RF
It's that time of the evening folks, get ready for the 5th inning stretch.
Pitching change: RHP Jeremy Johnson enters for the Scrappers
Mendez-grounded out to second baseman
Holt-flied out to third baseman in foul territory
Summerlin-flied out to short stop
Pitching change: Alan Knotts enters the game for the Spikes
Carlson-singled to LF
Chants of "Fear the Deer" are spreading throughout the crowd of remaining spectators. Tonight's attendance was a strong 4,370, but many have already left the park.
Vera- singled to left-center field; Carlson to third base
Frawley-grounded out to second, Carlson scored
Childs- flied out to CF
Henry- singled to center field
Smith- singled to center field, Vera scores
Meeting on the mound
Smit-singles to short stop Holt, Henry scores, Smith to third
Aponte- popped out to RF
Baker-doubles to LF, Chambers to third base
Garcia-grounds out to second baseman
Knotts remains in the game for the Spikes
Folgia- singles to left- center field
Vera-grounds out to short stop Holt, Folgia to third
Frawley-grounded out to third base to end the game
Spikes win 10-6
With a few fireworks coming from beyond the center-field wall the Spikes have put this one in the books. See you tomorrow night folks!
July 24, 2009 at 6:25 PM
Greetings baseball fans! It's Audrey coming to you live from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park where the State College Spikes are taking on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the first game of today's doubleheader. Reminder Short Season Single-A fans, each game will be only seven innings because of last night's postponed match up.The fans are slowly trickling in as there currently sits one lone supporter out in the bleacher seats. With onlookers wearing their pajamas as part of tonight's promotion, fans can only hope the Spikes can put their current struggles to bed.Taking the mound for the Spikes is right hander Kyle McPherson, while Preston Guilmet is starting for the Scrappers. Here are today's starting lineups
SS Brock Holt
2B Ty Summerlin
Cf Evan Chambers
1B Aaron Baker
LF Pat Irvine
DH Justin Byler
C Craig Parry
3B Andy Vasquez
RF Kyle Saukko
CF Jordan Henry
SS Kyle Smith
1B Jason Smit
C Chun Chen
3B Kyle Bellows
DH Ben Carlson
LF Greg Folgia
RF Tim Palincsar
2B Justin Toole
With the first pitch under way a few minutes early, the Scrappers aren't wasting much time putting runners on base. It looks like it could be a long seven innings as the Spikes surrendered six hits in the opening frame. Jordan Henry led off with a single up the middle, Kyle Smith followed with a single to RF and Jason Smit singled to CF. Kyle Bellows recorded an RBI single to LF, Ben Carlson snuck a pop fly over the head of second baseman Ty Summerlin and Greg Folgia recorded a long single to right field. Folgia nearly missed a home run as his ball hit off the top of the wall causing confusion on the base paths. McPherson bounced back with a strikeout and got Justin Toole to pop out to Brock Holt at shortstop.
The Spikes were unable to get the offense going as it was three up and three down. And as for the fans, there is still only one in the right field bleachers. Holt grounded out to third base, Summerlin flied out to RF, and Evan Chambers struck out looking.
McPherson and the Spikes were able to settle down as they returned the favor by sitting down three consecutive Scrappers.
Henry flied out to LF
Smith flied out to RF
Smit grounded out to 1B
Aaron Baker grounded out to the pitcher
Pat Irvine flied out to CF
Justin Byler BB
Byler nearly avoided the pick off at first base by diving back under the glove of first baseman Jason Smit.
Craig Parry K swinging
Chen liner up the middle, beyond the outstretched bare hand of McPherson. Had McPherson been able to grab hold of that ball, he would surely be feeling the effects of that 89 mph fastball.
Carlson- k swinging.
McPherson caught Carlson with a nice 77 mph off-speed pitch
Palincsar-grounded into 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and get the Spikes out of what could have been a huge jam.
Vasquez- single to shallow CF. Vasquez showed heads up base running as he advanced to second base when he noticed no Scrappers were covering the base.
Saukko- reached on error as first baseman Jason Smit dropped the ball
Holt- RBI single
Summerlin- RBI single
Baker- RBI single
Irvine- grounds into 6-4-3 double play to end the inning
Tied at 3
Pitcher Mike Williams enters the game for the Spikes
Toole- grounded out to shortstop Holt
Smith- singled to LF
Smit-lined out to 2b Summerlin
Tied at 3
Copain and I are sitting here taking in the atmosphere as we chow down on some quality potato salad. Copain right now is in the lead for quote of the night as he finished his potato salad and questioned whether or not it has eggs in it. He then mentions that he is allergic so I will let you know if he starts to swell up!
Byler-grounded out to third base
Vasquez- fouled out to third base
Saukko-singled to RF
Holt-grounded out to second base
Tied at 3
Chen-singled to LF
Bellows- single to RF
Carlson- flied out to CF
Palincsar- Chen picked off at third base; 2 outs, grounds out to second base
Tied at 3
Fans in attendance are making the most of the abbreviated of game by participating in the 5th inning stretch.
Summerlin- grounded out to CF
Chambers- double to deep LF. The ball looked like it was going to leave the park but barely missed clearing the fence
Meeting on the mound
Baker-grounded out to second base as his bat shattered into two pieces and flew all the way back to the back stop
Pitching change: left hander Nick Kirk enters for the Scrappers
As Kirk warms up I'm looking at Copain and it looks like he is not swelling, or at least not yet. Looks like the fans are finally filling up the seats as the people in the bleachers are now in double digits.
Byler-flied out to CF
Tied at 3
Toole-grounded out to shortstop Holt
Henry-grounded out to second baseman Summerlin
Smit-flied out to RF
Tied at 3
Vasquez-sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, Parry advances to second
Saukko-grounded out to third baseman
Holt-grounded out to third baseman
Tied at 3 heading into the final inning
Pitching change: right hander Brandon Holden enters for the Spikes
Smit-flied out to CF
Bellows-reached on fielder's choice, Chen out at second
Carlson- batting when Bellows caught trying to steal second
Tied at 3
Summerlin-single to first baseman
Baker-bunt back to the pitcher for a hit, all runners are safe. Bases loaded, no outs
The infield moves in playing for the play at the plate
Byler- K looking
2 outs, bases loaded, tied game
Parry- Kirk launches ball well beyond the catcher on the first pitch as Summerlin scores with ease from third base.
Spikes win 4-3
Stay tuned for coverage of game two, which is coming up shortly. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:20 p.m.
July 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Hello all you baseball fans.
This blog was launched in the Spring to supplement the paper's coverage of Penn State Baseball. And now with Penn State baseball season over, Inside the Dugout will shift to the other baseball team in Happy Valley.
The State College Spikes.
The Short Season-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates is about a month into the season now, and Inside the Dugout will now also be the Collegian's official Spikes blog as well.
Audrey Snyder and yours truly, Tom Copain, will be here now until the Spikes' season comes to a close in September. We will be giving you news about the team, as well as live-blogging from Medlar Field during home games. In general, we will try to give you, the reader, a little better insight into possibly the future Pittsburgh Pirates.
And with that, we introduce ourselves with a little news concerning the Pirates.
Pirates pitcher Phil Dumatrait will make a rehab start for the Spikes Sunday night against Batavia, the team announced today in a press release.
The 28-year-old left hander appeared in 21 games (11 starts) for the Buccos in 2008, going 3-4 with a 5.26 ERA. He was put on the 60-day Disabled List at the start of the season with what the release said was complications from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder.
Sunday will be Dumatrait's second rehab start. He made his first Tuesday with the Pirates of the Gulf Coast League, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out two in four shutout innings.
Dumatrait becomes the second Pirate pitcher to make a rehab start with the Spikes. Current Pirates starter and 2009 All-Star Zach Duke made a rehab start with State College on Sept. 6, 2007, a win against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
July 7, 2009 at 1:02 AM
Penn State hoop fans will have good basketball to look forward to at the BJC before second semester this season.
The non-conference schedule was released on Monday, and although there are a handful of cupcakes, it is light-years ahead of this past season's.
Football fans will be able to take a break from camping outside Beaver Stadium the night before the Ohio State game and trek across the street for the BJC's first game, an exhibition between the Nits and Slippery Rock on Nov. 6.
The real season tips off with a home date against Penn the following Friday. PSU then hosts Robert Morris three days later on the the 16th. The Colonials made the NCAA tournament last season after winning the Northeast Conference tournament.
Another 2009 NCAA tournament school, American, visits the BJC to close out the non-conference season on Dec. 21.
Other highlights of the first semester include a trip to Virginia for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Virginia Tech, another ACC school, visiting the BJC on Dec. 12.
The Hokies lost to PSU at the BJC in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in 2007.
The Lions will also travel to Temple on Dec. 5. The Owls were another 2009 tourney school and their victory at the BJC last season was partly responsible for PSU not hearing its name called on Selection Sunday.
The Charleston Classic will take place Nov. 19-22, and PSU will play three teams from the pool of Miami, South Carolina, South Florida, Davidson, Tulane, LaSalle and UNC Wilmington.
The full non-conference schedule is as follows:
Nov. 6 Slippery Rock (exhibition)
Nov. 13 Penn
Nov. 16 Robert Morris
Nov. 19-22 @ Charleston Classic (Miami, South Carolina, South Florida, Davidson, Tulane, LaSalle, UNC Wilmington)
Nov. 25 Sacred Heart
Nov. 30 @ Virginia
Dec. 5 @ Temple
Dec. 8 Maryland Baltimore County
Dec. 12 Virginia Tech
Dec. 19 Gardner Webb
Dec. 21 American