NILES, Ohio - Colton Cain delivered five dominant innings on the mound, and Chase Lyles smashed the fourth grand slam in club history as the State College Spikes took a 10-1 victory from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers to earn a series victory at Eastwood Field on Thursday night.
Lyles joined Miles Durham, Calvin Anderson and Kyle Morgan in the Spikes' (32-33) grand slam club with his shot to complete the State College scoring in the eighth inning. The Plain Dealing, La. native sailed a 2-1 pitch to the Spikes bullpen in left field off Scrappers (28-38) reliever Clayton Ehlert. The Spikes scored a total of six runs in the frame to widen their lead.
Adalberto Santos also homered for the Spikes, driving his third home run of the year to left-center field in the sixth inning to give State College a 4-1 lead.
Cain (1-1) earned his first professional victory in the start, striking out six and retiring the last 12 batters he faced after allowing a run in the first inning. The Spikes left-hander yielded just one hit and two walks during his tenure on the mound.
State College got the offense going in the first inning when Drew Maggi scored on a double-play ball. Cole White then drove in Santos with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to allow the Spikes to retake the lead at 2-1. Maggi then scored after stealing third base and advancing home on the ensuing throwing error just prior to Santos' home run.
Santos and Maggi each scored three runs in the game, and White drove in a pair of runs for State College to allow the Spikes to take two out of three from the Scrappers after Mahoning Valley earned a series victory at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Mahoning Valley starter Alex Kaminsky (5-5) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Kaminsky allowed just a 1.13 ERA in three starts against the Spikes this season.
Friday, the Spikes return home to transform into the Haymakers for a 7:05 p.m. matchup with the Batavia Muckdogs on What If Night, presented by AmeriServ Bank. State College will send left-hander Zac Fuesser (0-2) to the mound, while Batavia is set to send out right-hander Andrew Moss (6-2).