In an extra-inning affair that didn’t see a run scored until the 10th inning, the State College Spikes – specifically their pitching staff- reigned supreme.
Auburn’s arm outdueled the Spikes all night long, but after nine strong frames and their first two runs scored in the top of the inning, the Doubledays bullpen failed to hold off a three-run 10th to avoid a walk-off 3-2 loss to State College.
Four Doubledays-starting with Sunday starter Cesar Vargas-combined to shut-out State College over the contest’s first nine innings. Vargas, rehabbing from Triple-A Syracuse, only allowed a single hit in three innings of work, and Aaron Barrett relinquished none in one and a third.
David Smith took over for Barrett in the fifth and retired the next two batters, and Jackson Stoeckinger served as the long man out of the pen to take the game into the ninth inning. A starting pitcher by trade who started on July 16 against the IronBirds, Stoeckinger had no problem retiring the Spikes bats and only allowed one hit over his four innings of work.
But while the Doubledays arms were nearly perfect on the evening, so were the Spikes. State College only needed to throw two pitchers at the Doubledays to get them through the ninth inning. The Spikes combined for 10 strikeouts through the contest’s first nine innings, eight of which came from starter Jake Dahlberg’s seven-inning outing.
WIth Minor League Baseball’s new rule of putting a runner at second base to start extra innings, the Doubledays scored their first run of the night off of a Jose Sanchez single to score Jamori Blash. Cole Daily – 0-for-3 to this point of the night-doubled to centerfield to give Auburn a 2-0 lead.
But that’s where the Doubledays’ dominant performance on mound ended. Yonathan Ramirez took the mound for Auburn in the mound and promptly allowed a leadoff double to Wadye Ynfante to drive in the Spikes’ first run of the night. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single to retie the game at 2-2. Then, with the bases loaded, a hit-by-pitch brought in the winning run to give the Spikes a 3-2 victory.
The Doubledays will be back in action Tuesday when they take on the Tri-City ValleyCats on the road at 7:00PM. Listen LIVE on FL1 Radio.
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Two games, two nine-inning shutouts for our pitchers in State College.https://t.co/3jxMPwZVwh
— Auburn Doubledays (@Doubledays) July 23, 2018