Brooklyn Snaps State College Win Streak

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The State College Spikes saw their winning streak end at six games as Harol Gonzalez’s 10 strikeouts held them at bay and allowed the Brooklyn Cyclones to take a 6-2 decision on Tuesday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Gonzalez (1-1), who threw six hitless innings before losing a no-hitter in the seventh in his last start, did not yield a hit until the fifth in this outing. The right-hander recorded six consecutive strikeouts from the first through third innings, and gave up three hits and a walk over six innings on the night.

Despite the loss, the Spikes (8-4) still remained in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division by virtue of Auburn’s loss to Mahoning Valley.

State College put together a couple of rally attempts in the game. Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, Bladimil Franco and Ricardo Bautista produced back-to-back hits, sending Franco to third. However, the threat was snuffed out after a double play ball scored a run and a groundout ended the frame.

In the ninth, down 6-1, the Spikes seemed ready to strike when Vince Jackson was hit by a pitch, Ryan McCarvel singled to left and Franco walked. However, after an RBI fielder’s choice by Bautista, a flyout to left would end the game.

Brooklyn (6-6) took the lead in the early innings. The Cyclones scored in the first on Blake Tiberi’s fielder’s choice, and notched a pair of runs in the second on Brandon Brosher’s RBI single and an error.

In the eighth, Brooklyn plated three runs on Dale Burdick’s RBI single and a pair of bases-loaded walks.

The Spikes recorded 10 strikeouts as a team, with starter Carson Cross (1-1) responsible for six of them over five innings. Cross allowed three runs, two of them earned, on eight hits and a walk in the loss.

State College will now look to start a new winning streak on Wednesday night when they take on Brooklyn in the second game of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with right-hander Steven Farinaro (1-0) getting the ball for the Spikes against Cyclones right-hander Mirandy Gonzalez (1-0).

Fans can enjoy the first Half-Craft Wednesday at the ballpark, presented by 93.7 The BUS. The Spikes’ quality selection of craft beers will be available at half-price from 6-8 p.m. Fans can also purchase half-price medium sodas and Outfield Bleacher tickets for the night as part of the festivities, and it’s a State College Borough Water Authority Water Conservation Awareness Night.

The fun continues with thethe first Bark in the Park Night of the year, presented by Metzger Animal Hospital and NEWSRADIO 1390 WRSC, along with $1 Beer Thursday, presented by BIG Froggy 101, on Thursday, June 30.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (Cleveland Indians) then come to town for the second half of the homestand, and Fullington Bus Company presents the action on Friday, July 1, when the first 1,000 fans will receive a Team Poster Giveaway. All fans can also participate in a Team Autograph Session with the players from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, July 2, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Poster Giveaway, presented by Boyles Insurance, in preparation for the return of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo on July 16.

The homestand then finishes with a bang on Sunday, July 3 as David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr. brings his record-breaking Human Cannonball act to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Best Line Powersports, home of the new Indian Motorcycle of State College, presents this one-of-a-kind event, with a post-game “Blast-Off.” The night will also be capped off with the launch of a fantastic FIREWORKS show, presented by the PA Lottery.

Game times will be 7:05 p.m. for all nights except Sunday, July 3, when it will be a 6:05 p.m. start.

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