The Spikes' regular season finished with a 9-4 loss at Jamestown. State College (48-27) face the Jammers in the first round of the play-offs which begin at Jamestown on Friday. The second game of the best-of-three series will take place Saturday at State College as will game three on Sunday, if needed.
Willy Paulino was charged with his third loss in five decisions when he allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits and four walks in three. Mike Aldrete retired the side in order in both the fourth and fifth but gave up four runs on two hits and two base-on-balls in the sixth, an inning in which he did not record an out.
Three of Aldrete's four tallies crossed with Jeff Rauh on the mound. Rauh permitted an unearned tally in the seventh, yielding two hits and two walks in two innings. Kevin Herget, fresh from the Peoria Chiefs, struck out two of three faced in the eighth. Herget takes Ben O'Shea's roster spot after the latter was placed on the disabled list.
The bottom of the seventh saw four ejections by the home plate umpire: each squad's manager, the Spikes' hitting coach and Jamestown's pitcher. The ejections were apparently triggered when the Jammers' hurler hit Carson Kelly, the first Spike to bat that inning. Earlier, shortstop Cesar Valera was plunked at the start of the fourth. .
The visitors out hit their hosts eight-to-seven but drew only one free pass versus eight issued to the Jammers. Designated hitter Luke Voit, our Player of the Day, and catcher Dante Rosenberg each went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Both of Voit's hits were doubles and he drove in three. Valera singled once in three at bats, touching home twice.
Next game: Fri., 9/6 - State College (TBA) at Jamestown (Wild Card) - Game 1, NYPL Semifinal Series
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