NORWICH, Conn. - State College Spikes representatives Steven Ramos and Jimmy Bosco were the only players to collect multiple hits in the 2013 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, but it wasn't quite enough as the American League squad topped the Spikes' National League side in the bottom of the ninth inning, 4-3, on Tuesday night at Dodd Stadium.
Ramos, who started the game in center field for the NL, singled to left field in the third inning before rapping a soft liner to shallow right field to get on in the fifth. The Spikes' speedster then stole second base, but was stranded there to end the frame.
Bosco, who came on as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, immediately doubled off the top of the right field wall for a near-home run. The Cardinals' 2013 13th-round draft pick then singled to center field in the ninth inning and got all the way to third, but was stuck there at the end of the inning.
State College's David Washington also started for the NL squad at first base, but went 0-for-3 at the plate. Shortstop Cesar Valera entered the game in the sixth inning, and went 0-for-1. Valera also committed an error in the field that opened the door for the AL to score the winning run in the ninth inning.
Outfielder Ronald Castillo had been named to start in the All-Star Game for the National Leaguers, but did not appear in the contest. Castillo was just activated from the disabled list on Sunday.
The American League earned victory in the last at-bat as Vermont's Ryan Huck led off with a solo homer to tie the score. After a single, Valera's error and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, the NL was able to get Connecticut's Ben Verlander at the plate to avert defeat. However, one batter later, Oscar Hernandez of Hudson Valley was able to beat out a double-play ball to allow Mahoning Valley's Claudio Bautista to come in with the winning run.
Tri-City pitcher Zac Reininger allowed two hits and a walk in the top of the ninth, but ended up with the win for the AL side. Brooklyn closer John Mincone, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Spikes on Saturday, took the loss for the NL after giving up both runs, one earned, in the bottom half.
Zach Green of Williamsport, the NYPL's home run leader with 10 on the year, won the pre-game Home Run Derby at the home of the Connecticut Tigers.
Today the Spikes return home for the first time in ten days as they head back into Pinckney Division play against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians). The 7:05 p.m. matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is set to feature right-hander Juan Bautista (1-3) on the hill for State College against Mahoning Valley left-hander Kenny Mathews (0-1).
The Spikes lead the NYPL Wild Card race by half a game over Lowell going into the final stretch of the season. State College trails the Jamestown Jammers by two games in the Pinckney Division, but the Spikes face Jamestown eight times over the season's final 23 games.