NILES, Ohio The State College Spikes were held to just two hits on Thursday night as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers dealt the Spikes their first shutout loss of the season, 2-0, at Eastwood Field.
Cesar Valera's first-inning single and Brian Vigo's double in the sixth were the only base hits for State College (6-4) after the Spikes came into the game with a .291 team batting average to lead the New York-Penn League. Vigo's hit was the first of his professional career.
State College did not have any other baserunners in the game as Luis Lugo (1-1), Trevor Frank and Manuel Carmona (1) combined on the shutout for Mahoning Valley (5-6). Lugo, who Baseball America rated as one of the top 15 prospects in the Cleveland Indians system prior to the season, retired the last 14 batters he faced after allowing the single to Valera to earn the win. The southpaw also struck out five batters, four of them looking.
Carmona tossed a perfect two innings in the eighth and ninth for the win, striking out two in the process.
Spikes starter Nick Petree (0-1) took the loss despite giving up just one run over four innings. Petree yielded a total of three hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out four batters.
Manuel Boscan drove in the first Mahoning Valley run with his fourth-inning single, while Claudio Bautista's solo home run to left field in the eighth inning provided insurance for the Scrappers.
Despite the loss, the Spikes held onto their Pinckney Division lead by a half-game over Jamestown and Williamsport.
The Spikes continue their road trip on Friday when they begin a three-game set with the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins) in a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Dwyer Stadium.