UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - Daniel Castano once again tied a State College Spikes record as he allowed one unearned run over eight innings, and the Spikes plated six runs in the sixth to break open a pitcher's duel in a 6-1 victory over the Auburn Doubledays on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Castano (4-0) matched the Spikes (11-7) record for longest outing with his second eight-inning start, becoming the first State College pitcher ever to reach the mark twice. The southpaw threw six shutout innings before yielding the unearned run in the seventh. Castano gave up four hits and a walk while striking out three batters and retiring the first nine he faced.
The Spikes made his stout pitching effort stand up with a huge sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate in the frame. Yariel Gonzalez and Edwin Figuera each doubled in runs, while Ricardo Bautista, Matt Davis and Imeldo Diaz all singled runners home. Two Auburn (5-13) errors also helped the outburst.
Diaz, who was making his State College debut after arriving in a trade between the Cardinals and Red Sox, added a walk in his initial plate appearance.
Dennis Ortega was the only Spike with multiple hits, going 2-for-2 after replacing Josh Lopez behind the plate in the fourth.
Spencer Trayner finished the game with a one-hit, one-walk, one-strikeout ninth.
Doubledays reliever Max Engelbrekt (0-1) took the loss after giving up all six Spikes runs in his lone inning of work on five hits. Engelbrekt recorded one strikeout.
Neither team notched a hit until the fourth inning in the game, which clocked in at a season-low two hours, 13 minutes.
Saturday, the Spikes and Doubledays meet for a special noon matchup at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College will send right-hander Jonathon Mulford (0-2) to the mound, while Auburn will go with right-hander Weston Davis (0-0).
Get a big day in Central PA started at the ballpark with a special $1 Beer Saturday. 12-oz. domestic draft beers available for just $1 apiece from 11-1.
Plus, the All-American BBQ will give fans a special opportunity to purchase individual all-you-can-eat seats, starting at $17 for kids 12 and under and $24 for adults. Plus, in addition to the all-you-can-eat picnic buffet, all fans can enjoy special barbecue plates at the Flashpoint Grille behind Section 104 and at Broken Bat BBQ.
The individual picnic tickets also come with free access to Ike's Kids Zone in left field for kids 12 and under, as well as free ice cream sandwiches in the seventh inning.
It's also a Scratch n' Win Saturday, presented by P.J. Harrigans at the Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel. Every Spikes fan will be a winner as each fan receives a scratch-off card with a great prize or discount on it.
After the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases thanks to Wonderland Charter School.
The homestand concludes on Sunday with one of the best nights of the season as we pay homage to those men and women who have served and continue to serve our country on Military Appreciation Night, presented by Lion Country Kia. Fans can join the Spikes in a variety of tributes throughout the 6:05 p.m. game, with military vehicles also on hand to see and touch.
In addition, fans can place their bids in a Patriotic Hat Auction benefiting Local Military Personnel presented by Lion Country Kia. The Spikes have autographed the special patriotic hats they wore on July 3, and each hat is up for bids to help those who have ensured our freedoms. After the game, the skies will light up with a Spike-tacular FIREWORKS show.
Sunday is also WHVL Day at the Ballpark, as the first 500 fans receive Spikes Koozies presented by WHVL-TV. WHVL-TV will also broadcast Sunday's game live with Steve Jones providing the play-by-play.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday, as well as every game on the Spikes' 2017 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting in person. Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
Catch all of the action on Saturday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Health, at 11:30 a.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Spikes' radio broadcast can also be heard worldwide through the "Listen Live" link on StateCollegeSpikes.com, provided by the club's flagship radio home, Newsradio 1390 WRSC, as well as the TuneIn Radio app.
Spikes fans can also catch home games in 2017 even when outside Central PA thanks to MiLB.TV to stream all games online to paid subscribers of the service. MiLB.TV offers fans the chance to follow the game's future stars across Minor League Baseball, with more than 5,000 games streamed live, including affiliates of all 30 MLB teams, and complete game archives available on demand. Fans can use the promo code "SPIKES" to save $10 on the regular yearly price.
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