NILES, OH - Yariel Gonzalez and Bryce Denton each produced four-hit games to lead the State College Spikes back from a four-run deficit for a 9-7 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday night at Eastwood Field.
With the win, the Spikes (25-20) drew within a game-and-a-half of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead held by the Scrappers (26-18), and with a game of the NYPL Wild Card lead held by Staten Island and West Virginia.
Down 7-3 in the sixth, State College plated six unanswered runs, with Gonzalez's two-out single in the seventh tying the game. Mahoning Valley also committed three errors to help the Spikes compile four runs in the seventh to take the lead for good.
Gonzalez's two-run homer to left field, his second of the season, followed Josh Lopez's RBI double in the first to extend the Spikes' lead to 3-0.
The Scrappers then plated two runs on Simeon Lucas 's single in the third, and followed with a five-run fifth inning to grab the advantage.
State College then chipped away with two runs in the sixth, including an RBI single for Denton, The Cardinals' 2015 second-round draft choice then delivered another RBI single in the seventh and capped his first four-hit game of the year with a single in the ninth.
Gonzalez's four-hit performance was his second of the season, with his first coming on June 22 against Batavia.
Reliever Will Latcham (1-0) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first professional win. Latcham allowed three hits and a walk while striking out five batters. Robbie Gordon then struck out three more over 1 2/3 innings before Spencer Trayner (4) recorded the last out via strikeout for the save.
Mahoning Valley reliever Felix Tati (3-3) took the loss after giving up six runs, four of them earned, on nine hits and a walk. Tati, who also committed two errors on pickoff attempts in the Spikes' big seventh, struck out five batters in the effort.
Sunday, the Spikes and Scrappers tangle at 4:05 p.m. in a matinee contest at Eastwood Field. State College will send right-hander Jonathon Mulford (2-3) to the mound to face Mahoning Valley right-hander Gregori Vasquez (2-2).
Following the series in Mahoning Valley, the Spikes will return home for a six-game homestand from August 8-13 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa Bay Rays), come in for a trio of 7:05 p.m. games to start the homestand, with the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland Athletics) providing the opposition for 7:05 p.m. contests on Friday and Saturday, as well as a 6:05 p.m. game on Sunday.
Highlights include Bark in the Park, presented by NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, on Tuesday, August 8, Ladies Night & Paint the Park Purple Night presented by Home Instead Senior Care and Juniper Village at Brookline to fight Alzheimer's disease on Thursday, August 10, the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Saturday, August 12, plus a pair of Spikes hat giveaways and two FIREWORKS shows.
Tickets for all six games from August 8-13, as well as every game remaining 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 Sunday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 3:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from Eastwood Field. 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.
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