A trio of Lowell Spinners made their mark on the New York-Penn League All-Star game on Tuesday night at Hudson Valley’s infamous Dutchess Stadium. Catcher Ty Weeden was the first Spinner into the game, taking over the catching duties in the 4th. Weeden, one of the league’s strongest defensive catchers, caught 3 innings, during which the AL Affiliates gave up just one run.
Felix Ventura, the Spinners’ excellent closer, came in for the eighth inning and pitched a scoreless frame. Ventura struck out Brooklyn OF Brandon Kawal, a .306 hitter, then retired Carlos Piste before Colin DeLome singled and stole second. Ventura ended the inning by retiring State College’s Austin McClune.
Yamaico Navarro, who came in as a defensive replacement in the sixth, lead off the bottom of the eighth with a lined single to left against Brooklyn ace reliever William Morgan, who sports a 1.04 ERA. After Ron Bourquin flew out, Jason Dominguez replaced Morgan and Navarrro promptly got himself into scoring position with a stolen base, then Aberdeen LF Joseph Nowicki singled Navarro over the third. Oneonta star Casper Wells finished the job with a sac fly to drive in Navarro and tie the game. With the game tied the AL affiliates cracked 3 more base hits to take the lead. Oneonta closer Noah Krol wrapped things up for the save and Ventura earned the win.
The Spinners All-Star contingent was without two members, Mike Jones and Ryan Kalish. Jones sported the best average among NYPL 1B at .340 when he was promoted to Greenville on August 9. Kalish was the hottest player in the NYPL when he went down on July 16 with a wrist injury. He was hitting .368 with 18 steals and had reached base in 16 of his last 19 plate appearances.