The Doubledays got a taste of their own medicine on Saturday night after sweeping the Spikes on August 2-4. Auburn’s offense was completely shut down by the Spikes, recording only three hits in a 2-0 home loss to State College.
It was an uncharacteristically rough outing for Doubledays starter Tim Cate. With Cate never walking more than one batter in each of his previous eight outings for Auburn, he set a new career-high in free passes at five – which also totaled his season total – and found himself in four full counts over his three innings of work.
His inability to find the strike zone led to a bases-loaded situation in the third. After recording the first out of the inning on a 4-3 putout, Cate walked three straight and allowed two of them to score on a single by catcher Cameron Knight. He was pulled after three innings – his shortest outing since July 3 – and 76 pitches.
Spikes starting pitcher Franyel Casadilla had no such problem against the Doubledays. He baffled Auburn bats for seven innings and allowed just three hits on the night with three scattered walks. The final hit he allowed, a Jamori Blash single in the fourth, ended up being the last hit that the Doubledays would record on the night.
Troy Montemayor recorded the six-out save for State College with the only blemish being a leadoff walk to Jacob Rhinesmith in the ninth. He was quickly erased on the basepaths on a double play, and a Jamori Blash groundout ended the night for the Doubledays.
While the Auburn offense was stunted by the Spikes on the mound, the Doubledays had several noteworthy appearances on the mound following Cate’s premature departure. Gilberto Chu relieved Cate in the fourth and went two perfect innings while veteran Aaron Barrett threw a perfect frame himself in the sixth. Chandler Day was the MVP of the night for the Doubledays on the mound, going three scoreless innings to end the game and save the Auburn bullpen.
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Our bullpen was phenomenal (capped by three scoreless innings from Chandler Day), but our sizzling bats cooled down tonight. https://t.co/vhOTX9RXno
— Auburn Doubledays (@Doubledays) August 12, 2018
The Doubledays will be back in action on Sunday to complete the quick two game series against State College at 2 PM. Listen LIVE on FingerLakes1.com Radio.
By Chris Tril