Solano makes quality start, but Spikes fall

Muckdogs take win in series opener, 3-2

Enmanuel Solano delivered seven strong innings on Sunday night. (Steve Manuel)

By State College Spikes | July 7, 2019 10:59 PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Enmanuel Solano delivered seven innings of quality work on the mound for the State College Spikes, but the Batavia Muckdogs used a quick two-out flurry in the fourth to grab a lead they would carry to the end in taking a 3-2 decision at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Sunday night.

Solano (1-3) produced his second quality start of six innings or more allowing three earned runs or less, becoming the second State College (13-10) pitcher to do so this season after Jacob Schlesener . The native of Santo Domingo Oeste in the Dominican Republic gave up three runs, two of them earned, on six hits and a walk. Solano also recorded six strikeouts over his seven innings on the mound.

Batavia (14-8) scored the game's first run on a Troy Johnston single to center field in the first. In the fourth, the Muckdogs plated the tying run when Jack Strunc took a two-out walk and came in to score on Andrew Turner 's double to right-center field. Turner then advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Solano balk for the eventual winning tally.

Andrew Warner brought in both Spikes runs with a bases-loaded single down the third-base line in the opening frame. Warner upped his season RBI total to 12 as he drove in his first runs since June 17.

Moises Castillo went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and scored a run to help the State College offense.

Muckdogs reliever Geremy Galindez (2-0) picked up the win with two perfect innings in relief of starter Remey Reed . Reed, who held State College scoreless over seven innings in his last start against the Spikes on Tuesday, only went four innings on Sunday.

Evan Brabrand (4) notched the last four outs for the save. Brabrand yielded one walk in the effort.

The Spikes were also wearing their special Bark in the Park Jerseys for the night's second game on the first Bark in the Park Night, presented by Metzger Animal HospitalNEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC and the Centre Daily Times. The jerseys are currently up for bids on the LiveSource app, with the auction for each jersey going the whole summer.

The game was delayed 57 minutes at the outset by rain.

State College is now 1 ½ games back of Batavia for the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division lead as they meet the Muckdogs on Monday night for the second game of a three-game set at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Schlesener (1-1), who set the State College franchise record for strikeouts in one game with 12 against Batavia on Wednesday, gets the ball for the Spikes. The southpaw is third in the NYPL with 29 strikeouts over 23 innings this year.

Batavia is slated to send right-hander Jackson Rose (2-1) to the mound.

Fans will enjoy Wayback Monday at the ballpark, with an Old School Baseball Night presentation that contains a retro style with a minimum of bells and whistles during the evening. As part of the festivities, Spikes broadcasters Steve Jones and Joe Putnam will once again announce the game from the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park concourse to be amongst the crowd.

It's also Trade-Any-Ticket Night, where fans can trade any ticket, whether it's from the circus at the Jaffa Shrine, the 1952 World Series, that trip to Sea World, the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Curtin Bowl, or any parking, speeding, or laundry ticket, for a FREE Bullpen Box ticket to Monday's game.

Plus, it's the first Monday Buck Night of the season, presented by 95.3 FM 3WZ.Get into the park with $1 Outfield Bleacher seats, then enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas and $1 peanut boats throughout the night.

It will also be a MillerCoors Monday, with half-price Miller Lite and Coors Light drafts available from 6-8 p.m.

The three-game homestand concludes on Tuesday, July 9 with a $2 Walking Taco Tuesday presented by B94.5.

Tickets for Monday and Tuesday night'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 Monday 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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