Danny Hudzina (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Highlights of Monday’s game in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system

State College won Game 2 on the New York-Penn League Championship Series in front of a home crowd on Monday, giving the Spikes their second title in three years. Our Player of the Day is third baseman Danny Hudzina. The 2016 10th round pick went 2-for-3 with a double and the eventual game-winning two-run home run in the second inning.

State College Spikes 2, Hudson Valley Renegades 1

The game started off ominously for the Spikes as Hudson Valley’s leadoff man tripled and later scored on a bases-loaded infield single, giving the Renegades the lead. However, in the bottom of the second inning, Ryan McCarvel walked before Danny Hudzina smashed a home run to left field to give the Spikes a narrow 2-1 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.

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The Spikes’ three-man pitching crew did a great job holding the Renegades off the board for the final eight innings. Jordan DeLorenzo pitched four innings, striking out seven and walking two. He allowed just the one run, giving up four hits total. Greg Tomchick picked up the win after pitching four frames of relief. Tomchick allowed just two hits and a walk, inducing 11 ground ball outs, while holding the Renegades scoreless. Brady Bowen was called upon for the ninth and worked a perfect one-two-three inning in which he struck out the side to seal the victory.

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The Spikes offense managed just three hits, left just four on base and fanned nine times. Hudzina had two hits, a double and the two-run home run. Catcher Jeremy Martinez singled. McCarvel and Andy Young drew a free pass each.

The Cardinal Nation reporter Kara Duriez recorded the final out and the on-field celebration that followed.

https://twitter.com/KaraDuriez/status/775521973594193920

The Cardinals system 2016 minor league schedule has now concluded with three league championships among eight squads earning five post-season berths. State College joined fellow short-season clubs Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cards in winning 2016 titles. Double-A Springfield and Class-A Peoria were defeated in their respective playoffs, while Memphis, Palm Beach and the Dominican Summer League Cards missed out.

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