Politz tosses gem as Spikes top Muckdogs

Yalie tosses seven innings of shutout ball for third pro win

Scott Politz was superb on the mound for the Spikes on Thursday. (Steve Manuel)

By State College Spikes | August 8, 2019 10:42 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Scott Politz delivered seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high nine batters to propel the State College Spikes to a 4-1 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Politz (3-3) went seven frames for his second straight home victory, following a July 27 win over West Virginia. The Yale product gave up just five hits and retired 13 straight batters at one point while keeping Batavia (31-22), which came into the game with the New York-Penn League's best record and its second-best batting average, in check throughout the night.

The Spikes (26-26) took the lead in the first inning.  Moises Castillo reached on an error, with back-to-back doubles by David Vinsky and Terry Fuller plating a pair of runs. Another Muckdogs error brought home a State College run in the fifth, with Luis Flores 's RBI groundout in the sixth giving Politz all the support he needed.

Dariel Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double to assist the Spikes' offense, while Martin Figueroa was held without a hit for the first time in nine games.

Muckdogs starter Andrew Miller (3-4) took the loss after yielding three runs, one of them earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out two batters over five innings.

Batavia scored its lone run on a Kobie Taylor double in the ninth. J.D. Orr , the league's leading hitter, and Julian Infante each produced multiple hits for the Muckdogs.

The Spikes now look to maintain their momentum in a Friday night matchup with the Muckdogs at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The middle game of the three-game set between the two teams will feature right-hander Adrian Mardueno (2-2) on the mound for State College against Batavia right-hander Jackson Rose (5-3).

However, it won't be the Spikes who hit the field, strictly speaking, as they pay homage to a world-famous dessert option when they change identities for the night and play as the "Happy Valley Grilled Stickies," the tastiest team in the world. The Grilled Stickies jerseys will pack plenty of flavor, with a logo celebrating the decades-long pairing of Grilled Stickies with Berkey Creamery Ice Cream.

Fans will also be able to make the night even sweeter by bidding on the jerseys in a Jersey-off-the-Back Auction presented by PSECU to benefit Children's Miracle Network, with all bidding to take place on the LiveSource mobile app. Every Grilled Stickies jersey is now available for bidding through the end of the sixth inning on Friday.

The skies over Happy Valley will also light up after the game with a spectacular FIREWORKS show presented by The Meadows.

In addition, Friday will be Call 811 Night at the ballpark presented by PA One Call, serving to highlight the importance of calling 811 before you dig in Pennsylvania.

Friday also includes a Myrtle Beach Trip Giveaway, as fans can sign up for a fantastic vacation getaway at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com table throughout Friday's game. Fans can also enjoy Scout Night and Penns Valley Community Night, featuring a FREE Kids Zone presented by Friends of Jake Corman. After the game, kids can run the bases.

Fans of age can also enjoy a Bud Light Happy Hour, with half-price Bud Light from 6-8 p.m., and Fireball Friday, with half-price Fireball from 6-8 p.m.

The homestand continues with even more family fun on Saturday night, with FIREWORKS on Ag Night presented by Local PA Dairy Farmers plus a special return engagement for the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on Saturday.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday's games, as well as every game on the 2019 home schedule, are currently on sale through the Spikes Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (814) 272-1711 or by visiting the Ticket Office in person from 9 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to the end of the game on gamedays Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-gamedays Monday through Friday.

Fans can also buy and download single-game tickets by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.

Catch all of the action on Friday via the Spikes Radio Network, presented by Penn State Sports Medicine, Official Healthcare Provider of Penn State Athletics, at 6:35 p.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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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