Christopher Shannon reporting from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for WaxCracker.com.
Welcome back to Happy Valley and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for game three of the New York-Penn League semifinal series between the State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals) and Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays). I decided to do something a little different tonight to preview tonight’s ballgame. Instead of writing a post, I interviewed Spikes Manager Oliver Marmol to get his take on last night’s game and tonight’s match-up. Enjoy!
Once again, check back later tonight for updates on the game.
Correction: In the video above, I say that the Spikes had played the Renegades seven times this season up until today, however the correct number should have been five.
10:04pm Update: It certainly wasn’t pretty, but it was a win. And, it was a win that pushed the State College Spikes into the NYPL Championship Series starting Sunday against the Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros).
State College starting pitcher Fernando Baez had an outstanding showing on the mound (5.1 innings, 1 run, 0 earned, 10 Ks, and a walk), but two first inning errors helped stake Hudson Valley the early 1-0 lead. That lead held through seven innings as Renegade starting pitcher Chris Pike stifled State College bats.
It wasn’t until the eighth inning that the Spikes would push runs across the plate. Darren Seferina scored on Nick Thompson’s single to Hudson Valley shortstop Alec Sole to even the score at one. A couple batters latter, Thompson scored on a Robelys Reyes ground out to set the final 2-1 score.
Reliever Nick Lomosolo, who pitched one inning of relief for the Spikes, got the win, and Kyle Grana pitched the ninth to earn the save. Mike Franco took the loss for Hudson Valley after giving up both State College runs in the eighth.