Results from games played Monday, September 8th.
Austin Gomber did not retire a batter in the third as the Spikes fell to the ValleyCats 2-0, evening the best-of-three league finals at one game each.
Gomber (L, 0-1) allowed four straight batters to reach on three of his five hits yielded plus a walk that forced across the first run. The lefty walked two in total, striking out two.
Joe Scanio wild-pitched the second tally in before a passed ball charged to Brian O’Keefe permitted the frame’s third and final score. Scanio, our Player of the Day, surrendered three hits and a free pass through four, fanning four. Kevin Alexander struck out two in two, giving up a hit and walk.
A Tri-City pitching trio held State College to only three hits for the game while the team fanned nine times. Darren Seferina, Nick Thompson and Alex De Leon each got a hit, De Leon’s a double, and Danny Diekroeger worked his squad’s only base-on-balls.
Tuesday’s game: at Tri-City (1-1) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
Spotlight on – Will Anderson. Although the Spikes have not yet announced their starter, with the championship on the line, it’s difficult to believe they won’t go with their ace – Will Anderson. Anderson would be pitching on four days’ rest, something he did not do once this season. With the Spikes’ bats in the deep freeze, Anderson needs to duplicate his stellar outing against Hudson Valley in which he shut down the Renegades on three hits in 7 1/3. The right-hander did not face Tri-City during the regular season.
The ValleyCats will send righty Austin Chrismon (6-3, 3.69) to the mound. Chrismon won game two of his team’s semi-final series against Connecticut (DET), yielding three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3. Chrismon faced State College on July 20th, holding them to two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over five, picking up the win.
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