Shortstop Chris Diaz hit his first professional home run, starter Clay Holmes pitched five scoreless innings, and the State College Spikes scored two runs on three wild pitches in the top of the 10th inning to escape with a 4-2 win over the Batavia Muckdogs Tuesday night at Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium.
“It’s a good win,” State College manager Dave Turgeon said. “We needed it. The worm was kind of turning at home. We won a couple close ones at home and we lost a couple close ones at home. The bats started coming alive tonight. And obviously, we got some good starting pitching from Holmesy again. He always gives you a chance and he gives you energy there. The guys didn’t bend. They just kept grinding. They broke, we didn’t. That was one of those good ones. It was a good win.”
Here are some observations and player notes about State College (26-23).
Holmes pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday as he lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.83 over nine starts and 43.1 innings. He w...