The State College Spikes scored four runs in the third inning and handed the struggling Tri-City ValleyCats their fifth straight setback, 6-2, in a New York-Penn League game Tuesday night at Medlar Field.
The ValleyCats, who were shut out in their previous three games, finally put a run on the board in the top of the third inning, when Conrad Gregor belted a one-out homer to right field. It was his second homer of the season.
But the ValleyCats’ lead was short-lived, as the Strikers countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning off starter Randall Fant (1-2).
Matthew Young, Steven Ramos and Cesar Valera hit consecutive singles, with Young scoring on Valera’s liner to center. After Luis Perrez reached on a fielder’s choice, David Washington singled to center, driving in Valera. Carson Kelly then tripled to right, scoring both Perez and Washington.
The Spikes extended their lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh. Young and Ramos singled, with Young moving to third before Valera’s grounder plated him. Perez then singled home Ramos.
The ValleyCats added a run in the eighth on a Brett Booth grounderout after Chan Moon and Gregor had singled.
Jimmy Reed (2-1) picked up the victory for the Spikes, with Andrew Pierce picking up his first save.
The two teams play again tonight.