Spikes’ home streak extends

STATE COLLEGE – The State College Spikes ran their winning streak at home to five games on Wednesday night as Steven Ramos and Mason Katz each notched multiple extra-base hits to aid the Spikes’ 7-4 comeback victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Trailing 4-3 going into the seventh, the Spikes (23-19) produced a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit. An error and three straight walks, the first an intentional one to David Washington and the last a bases-loaded base on balls to Katz, put State College up, 5-4.

The Spikes added two insurance runs in the eighth, as Ramos’s RBI triple plated one run and Cesar Valera followed with a single to bring him in and give State College a lead it would hold onto until the end.

Ramos added a double for the Spikes, while Katz drove a pair of doubles to the outfield as well to help the State College offensive cause. Matthew Young also delivered a two-base hit as part of a multiple-hit night, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Jhonny Polanco (2-3) earned the win in relief for the Spikes, going 1 1/3 shutout innings and giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out two. Jeff Rauh (3) entered the game in the eighth inning with runners on first and second and two outs, then proceeded to retire the next four batters in order, one via strikeout, for the save.

Tri-City (26-18) used six pitchers in the game, with none going more than three innings. Kevin Comer (2-4) took the loss after being tagged with both of the Spikes’ seventh-inning runs, with neither being earned. Comer gave up three walks and struck out two batters in a total of 2 1/3 innings.

With Jamestown’s loss on Wednesday, the Spikes now sit four games back of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead. State College is a game back of Lowell in the NYPL Wild Card race as well. The ValleyCats have now lost six straight games.

Thursday, the Spikes begin the month of August by completing their three-game set against the ValleyCats with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Right-hander Kevin Herget (4-0), who is tied for the NYPL lead in wins, looks to help complete the sweep as he starts for State College. Tri-City is slated to have right-hander Tanner Bushue (3-1) on the hill.