The Lowell Spinners continued their charge toward the playoffs as they beat a rattled Brooklyn Cyclones team 3-1. The Spinners are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and hold a 5.5 game lead on second place Oneonta in the Stedler Division.
Brooklyn started off strong, scoring one run quickly off of Spinners starter Pedro Perez in the first inning. The Spinners tied the game in the fifth on Derek Gibson’s RBI double, which plated Wilfred Pichardo.
The game remained tight until the eighth when Ronald Bermudez hit a single up the middle to plate Drew Hedman who had hit a one out double. The Cyclones then became rattled as SS Robbie Shields was ejected by 1B umpire Tim Rosso for arguing about a previous close play at first and just pitches later an easy out was allowed to fall between catcher catcher Dock Doyle and first baseman Alex Gregory. The Spinners extended the lead to 3-1 when Dan Butler’s groundball was thrown away by Cyclones reliever Brandon Sage.
Jordan Flasher picked up the save after getting out of trouble in the ninth, striking out Dock Doyle looking to end the game.
The Spinners are closing in on their second straight playoff berth and tomorrow night, the team will retire the #14 of longtime Red Sox left fielder and 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Rice during the game, and hand out bobble heads of manager Gary DiSarcina as the gates open at 5:30 p.m. to the first 1,500 fans. Yeiper Castillo (5-1, 3.02) gets the start with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.