Spikes cruise to big victory

AUBURN, NY – Rowan Wick smashed his New York-Penn League-leading 12th home run of the season, Robelys Reyes hit his first homer of the year, and Jhohan Acevedo drove in four runs as the Spikes ran their winning streak to seven games with a 10-2 victory over the Auburn Doubledays on Tuesday night at Falcon Park.

Wick’s two-run shot in the second inning ended a season-long four-game homerless streak, and put the Spikes (18-7) on the board for the first time. The long ball also bumped Wick’s league-leading RBI total to 30, and his 2-for-4 performance at the plate increased his batting average to an even .400 on the year.

Reyes launched a three-run homer to left field to cap a five-run fourth for State College. The switch-hitting shortstop went 2-for-5 as the Spikes’ leadoff man.

Acevedo delivered a pair of two-run singles to bolster the Spikes’ offense, while Nick Thompson brought in the other State College run with his sixth-inning double.

Fernando Baez (1-0) went a season-long five innings for his first win as a Spike. Baez recorded seven of the staff’s season-high 15 strikeouts on the night. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits.