The Spinners began the fourth game of their six game homestand on Friday Night against the Auburn DoubleDays (15-18) on Boston Bruins/March of Dimes Night at LeLacheur Park.
Lowell (17-17) came up short against the DoubleDays who are the Class A affiliates of the Washington Nationals.
Jake Cosart took the mound for the Spinners giving up a homerun in the first inning off of Victor Robles to give the DoubleDays a 1-0 advantage. The Doubledays pushed the lead in the second inning on Cosart’s second wild pitch of the inning and led 2-0.
Lowell would respond in the fifth inning to tie the game as Austin Rei broke out of his hitting slump with a lead off double. Hector Lorenzana followed with a single to bring the Spinners within a run. After two quick outs, the Spinners caught a break as Jeremy Rivera hit an infield single and a throwing error by Kelvin Gutierrez allowed Lorenzana and Rei to score and even things at two.
The lead was short lived however, as the DoubleDays would score three runs in the next inning. Two errors and a wild pitch plagued the Spinners as the DoubleDays scored on relief pitcher Emember Martinez and capitalizing on Tucker Tubbs’ and Jeremy Rivera’s errors.
The Spinners would not go down without a fight and in the bottom of the ninth inning they would make things interesting for DoubleDays relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, the son of the former Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera. Austin Rei would get on base on a throwing error by the DoubleDays and a second error occured, this time by Rivera, who allowed Lorenzana to get on base. Lowell’s next batter, Jordan Austin would blast a double and bring in Rei. However, that would be the last magic for the Spinners as Jeremy Rivera struck out on a foul-tip and Tate Matheny’s lined out, right up the middle to Rivera’s glove to end the game.
Offensively the Spinners were led by the unlikely hero of the game, Aneudis Peralta who hit two deep doubles. Jeremy Rivera also had two hits while Rei doubled and scored a pair of runs.
Boston Bruins announcer, Jack Edwards and popular singer who does the national anthem for the Bruins, Rene Rancourt were in attendance for Boston Bruins night. The crowd went wild as Rene Rancourt performed the national anthem and he did his famous fist pump after he finished. Jack Edward also participated in an on-field entertainment event where he judged which fan did their best Montreal Canadiens flop. He also did the play by play for the Mario Kart race on the field as well as being the announcer for the radio and PA system.
The following night was game two of the three game homestand. It was an action packed night at LeLacheur Park, with Captain Jack Sparrow throwing out a ceremonial first pitch as part of Pirates Night, Toy Story themed headshots on the scoreboard for Toy Story Night, and the G-Man Foundation, which provided important information about Autism in honor of Autism Awareness Night. The G-Man Foundation is dedicated to providing meaningful experiences for children on the Autism Spectrum, and it was a wonderful experience having them join us for a night of baseball.
Unfortunately for the Spinners, the baseball that was played between the foul lines was not nearly as successful as the promotions going on in the rest of the park. The team was stymied by poor defense and an inability to hit with runners in scoring position. They lost the game 5-2, dropping the second game of their series against the Auburn Doubledays and increasing their losing streak to four games. It was a close game early on, and after a Jeremy Rivera triple plated Luis Alexander Basabe in the bottom of the third inning, the Spinners found themselves down by just one run (3-2) with a runner on third and only one out. The Spinners failed to capitalize on their opportunity to the tie the game, however, as both Andrew Benintendi and Chad De La Guerra struck out swinging to end the inning, leaving Basabe stranded on third. That was as close as it would get. The Doubledays would tack on two insurance runs in the fifth inning (aided by two defensive errors committed by the Spinners), and the boys from Lowell failed to score another run.
Luckily for the fans, there was no shortage of on field entertainment. Two kids raced Canaligator around the bases (beating the mascot handily), and later on, two other kids “walked the plank” during a dizzy peg leg race.
On Inspiration Night at LeLacheur Park, the Lowell Spinners (18-18) finally got back in the win column to improve to .500 and beat the Auburn DoubleDays in the final game of their series.
The DoubleDays got off to a fast start jumping out to a 4-0 lead over the Spinners early on. It appeared the Spinners would falter since they have been behind early in most games they have played in the series. However, in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Spinners got on the board with catcher and player of the game Austin Rei who went 3-4, breaking out of his slump and blasting his first professional home run. After that, Luis Basabe singled up the middle, and then stole both second and third base. He then scored at that plate from a double by Tate Matheny which appeared to be a homerun but was ruled a double. Chad De La Guerra finished the inning off by hitting an RBI single which brought the Spinners within a run at 4-3.
The Spinners scored again in the sixth inning, tying the score after Tucker Tubbs led off the inning with a walk, and then scored on Austin Rei’s RBI double.
However, the Doubledays would take the lead again in the 7th inning as Edwin Lora’s hit a leadoff solo home run off Logan Boyd. The Spinners would quickly even the score again in the bottom of the seventh as Tubbs tripled bringing in another run to tie the game at 5.
The Spinners would finally take the lead and keep it for good in the bottom of the eighth inning as Luis Basabe doubled with two outs. Andrew Benintendi then hit infield ball which looked like it would be the final out, but the second baseman for the Doubledays, Dustin Dulin bobbled it allowing Basabe to score giving the Spinners a 6-5 lead. Trevor Kelly finished the game off in ninth inning striking out two batters to seal the victory for the Spinners.
After giving up three runs early, Dioscar Romero, the starting pitcher for the Spinners, settled down, and gave up more run but only three were earned. He gave up five hits and a walk over five innings and also struck out four. Logan Boyd struck out four over 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on five hits. Trevor Kelley (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 1.2 innings, striking out an impressive four batters.
The Spinners promotional theme night was recognizing people who have inspired others. Families such as Pete Frates family, came to the ballpark to continue to raise awareness for ALS and they were one of many families to throw out the first pitch. Other people with disabilities attended with their loved ones and were honored between innings as they were given a video tribute and given a standing ovation by the crowd.
The Spinners now travel to Williamsport on Monday to begin a six-game trip Tuesday with three-game sets with the Crosscutters and State College Spikes. First pitch in Williamsport on Tuesday night is at 7pm before returning to LeLacheur Park for a six game homestand on August third.