BROOKLYN, NY - Imeldo Diaz 's game-tying single in the eighth brought the State College Spikes back from behind, but Jose Miguel Medina 's walk-off hit in the ninth gave the Brooklyn Cyclones a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at MCU Park.
Held to just one hit, a sun-aided double for Brandon Benson in the fifth, through seven innings, the Spikes (15-11) came alive in the eighth. Ricardo Bautista and Dennis Ortega each drew walks, and Diaz's ground ball up the middle plated Bautista to make it 1-1.
However, despite loading the bases with one out in the eighth and getting a single from Bryce Denton in the ninth, the Spikes were unable to push across another run.
Brooklyn (7-19) then put two men on in the bottom of the ninth on Matt Winaker 's two-out single to right and Reed Gamache 's walk. Medina then tucked a base hit just inside the bag at third to bring in Winaker and end the game.
The Cyclones had scored first for the first time in the three-game series when an error brought home Walter Rasquin in the second.
Spikes starter Paul Balestrieri delivered six quality innings in his longest outing as a professional. The Cardinals' 26th-round draft choice out of Cornell allowed a lone run on a total of six hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Balestrieri also struck out three batters on the game.
Reliever Robbie Gordon (0-3) took the loss, yielding the winning run on a total of two hits and two walks. Gordon also recorded one strikeout over 1 2/3 innings.
Brooklyn starter Gunner Kines tossed six scoreless innings. Kines gave up one hit and two walks while striking out three batters. Cyclones reliever Trey Cobb (1-0) went 1 2/3 innings and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four batters to earn the win.
Medina went 3-for-4 on the day for Brooklyn, including his 15th stolen base of the year. The Cyclones' right fielder was caught stealing for the first time this season when Balestrieri threw to third ahead of his steal attempt in the third.
The Spikes will start a three-game series against the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies) on Monday with a 7:05 p.m. matchup at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. Right-hander Sam Tewes (2-2) gets the start on the mound for State College, while Williamsport will go with right-hander Julian Garcia (2-1).
After another road game at Williamsport on Tuesday,, the Spikes come back home on Wednesday for a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Crosscutters. Fans will enjoy the nationally acclaimed Salute to Conspiracy Theories Night, with the Spikes donning special Conspiracy Theory Themed Jerseys that will be up for bids in a Jersey-off-the-Back Auction presented by PSECU to benefit Children's Miracle Network.
It will also be another Half-Craft Wednesday, presented by 93.7 THE BUS, with half-price craft beers available from 6-8 p.m. and half-price regular sodas available all game long. Plus, all Outfield Bleacher seats will be half-price.
The Spikes will add another new wrinkle to Wednesday's activities as well with half-price wine and spirits from 6-8 p.m. Fans can enjoy the half-price wine and mixed drinks at Good Hops on the third base side and Bottom of the 5th on the first base side.
Tickets for Wednesday's game, 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 Monday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 6:50 p.m. with Spikes Live, presented by Mount Nittany Health, on the air from BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman 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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