WILLIAMSPORT?— The few who stayed until the end at Bowman Field Monday may have forgotten Vance Worley by the time they found their cars in a dim, soggy parking lot.
After two rain delays, one muffed tarp pull, a four-run sixth inning by the State College Spikes and three hours of elapsed time, who could blame them?
But even after rain distracted the crowds the fourth straight day, and the Spikes left the series opener with a 5-3 victory over the Williamsport Crosscutters, Worley’s four shutout innings in his pro debut were impressive in their own right
“We were excited,” said pitching coach Bill Bliss, who said Worley’s pitch limit would have been around 50 without weather. “He was going to go out for the fifth inning, but then the rains came. We were hoping for three.”
Emilis Guerrero (1-0), who has pitched in every level of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system but triple-A, returned after the rain and allowed only an RBI single to Brandon Haislet in his fifth and final inning.
That helped State College (2-4) to a win in the first of 12 games in this season series against Williamsport (2-5).
And after 78 minutes’ worth of tarp watching, split between the fourth and sixth innings, Matthew Hague hit a bases-clearing triple off Michael Cisco to break a 1-all tie.
Reliever Spencer Arroyo (0-1) had loaded the bases before the second delay, with two walks and an error on Ciro Rosero’s chopper back to the box.