In the second game of the three game series against the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Spinners came out rolling with a 7-2 victory.
Celebrating 1975 Red Sox Night, Bernie Carbo, former star outfielder for the Sox, was in the house for the ceremonial first pitch along with signing autographs for fans. The other pre-game festivities included Lowell Highland Little League taking the field for Dick’s Sporting Goods Field of Dreams, a pre-game parade of fans, along with a rendition of the National Anthem by the Chelmsford Community Band.
The Spinners set out to secure a series win, having won the first game of the series. Jake Cosart made his LeLacheur Park debut, going three innings and only giving up two runs. Spinner Pitchers Ben Taylor, Matt Kent, and Edwar Garcia pitched with all three of them not giving up a run. Matt Kent would go on to get his first win of the 2015 season. The Spinners offense was again explosive, putting up 7 runs on the scoreboard. Chad De La Guerra was named player of the game for his outstanding offensive performance. He went 3-4 with three doubles, two RBIs, and scored two runs. John Nunez’s offensive performance was also impressive, going 3-4 with one RBI.
The between innings entertainment or Spinnertainment was (almost) as good as the Spinners’ win. Bernie Carbo was hanging out at the park signing autographs and selling copies of his book, Saving Bernie Carbo.
The mystery machine made two appearances with Scooby Doo throwing T-Shirts and chickens to ecstatic Spinner crowd. Mario and Luigi followed behind riding in their go-carts pumping up the crowd as well.
Fan favorite Jumping Jack the Frisbee Dog made his 2015 debut Friday night. Jack went 6-8 in catching the frisbees, catching quite a few that made it all the way to the outfield.
Following the 8th inning, fans stood on top of the Spinners dugout for Name that Women’s Soccer Player. The trivia was to commemorate the US national team playing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The contestant showed extensive knowledge of the team and players, answering all the questions about the them correctly and winning a prize.
The Spinners look to finish the sweep of the IronBirds in the final game of the series tonight at 5:05PM at LeLacheur Park.
2015 Baseball at Edward A. LeLacheur Park began Thursday night with a 6 inning exhibition game featuring the Lowell Spinners and the visiting Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The fun-filled evening featured a 6-5 win and some interesting between innings entertainment.
Prior to the game, the 2015 Spinners took the field with some special guests. The players were joined by the Harrington Elementary Baseball Buddies sponsored by Lowell Dentistry for Children. They remained on the field for the national anthem, which was performed by the Lynnfield Middle School Pioneer Singers.
It may just have been an exhibition game, but the college players of Nashua came out to show that they could hang with Lowell’s pros and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings. The Spinners couldn’t figure out Nashua’s starting pitcher, Brandon Walsh, but when the Silver Knights went to the bullpen to start the fourth, Lowell’s bats got going and they scored two quick runs. Entering the bottom of the sixth and final inning down 5-2, it looked like the boys from Lowell would fall short in their first game under the lights of LeLacheur. But that’s when the Spinners bats exploded. They came roaring back and scored four runs to win in a walk-off (6-5) and sent Spinners fans home happy.
Throughout the game, there were exciting competitions on the field involving the fans and some of our Minion friends.
Following the top of the second inning, Minions Kevin and Dave entertained the park with a race down the third base line. It was off to a rough start with Kevin taking a sharp left turn into the outfield and Dave catching a little field-fright and staying in his starting spot. But they gathered their little minion minds and finished the race at a close finish with a victory for Kevin.
Considering Honey Dew Donuts is one of our sponsors, a donut eating contest seemed necessary. Following the conclusion of the second inning, four hungry participants from Lynnfield Middle School kneeled on the field and raced to finish their donut first without using their hands! One of the contests gave up on this rule, though, and shoved the entire donut into her mouth, bringing the race to an end!
Following the top of the sixth inning, one of our youngest Spinners’ fans dominated Big Hero Six Trivia brought to the park thanks to Chunky’s. He really knew his stuff and only needed a little help from the fans!
It was a fun night at LeLacheur, giving everyone a taste of all that there is to look forward to this Spinners season. Join us on Thursday, June 25 for opening night when the Spinners kick off their 2015 season at home. Tickets are available at lowellspinners.com and can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 978-459-1702.
Written by: Mark Daly
While the Lowell Spinners players started off their first series of the season on Friday night, the Spinterns were able to showcase their hard work from the last month as we introduced some new on field events between innings, unveiled our new Mystery Machine, and even presented our new and improved Canaligator and Allie-gator mascots to the LeLacheur faithful.
On Friday night, fans saw first hand the human version of one of our favorite childhood board games “Operation” as one fan was given the opportunity to play Operation on a life size board game. His efforts won him two tickets to the Futures at Fenway game on Sunday July 13.
Saturday and Sunday’s games also featured human Mario Kart, as Mario and Luigi raced the length of the warning track in the Cyclo Max 44 Go-Carts, with Mario winning both races easily, and leaving Luigi with some revenge that he will sure to conquer this season.
In each of the three games this series, fans got to see the newest members to the mascot crew as Minion Kevin and Minion Dave from “Despicable Me” participated in their very own Minion race, a new tradition that was favorite among the youth in the crowd and one that fans can expect on a regular basis throughout the season.
Finally, the Lowell Spinners Dance Team was here for two games to help cheer on the players, get the crowd involved in games, and take pictures with fans. They will be at several games this season!
As for what events are ahead, Friday night starts a seven-game home series that features a poster giveaway and Fireworks, followed by Chelmsford Day and a Flat-Screen Television Giveaway to 9 lucky fans on Saturday and Tooth Brush Holder Giveaway on Sunday with a Post Game Concert featuring Jimmy Needham as part of our Faith and Family Day. Next week also features the World Series Trophies, Ryan Westmoreland night, and ends with Pedro Martinez Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans on Thursday June 26.
We hope to see everyone at the park soon!
*All Promotional Events are subject to change without notice. A complete list of events can be found on LowellSpinners.com
Photos by: Maggie Crowe, John Corneau
Brett Estrella – Ticket Office
Brett lives in Pepperell, Mass. but lived in Lowell until he was seven. He is curently a Sports Management major at UMass Amherst. He will be graduating in May 2017 with an IT minor as well. Brett is a huge hockey fan but is interested in working more in baseball.
John Geary – Ticket Office
John was born and raised in Westford, Mass and still lives there today. After taking a year off, John attended Middlesex Community College and achieved his Associate’s Degree in Business in 2012. He then transferred into the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst where he studies Sports Management. John is a huge sports fan and is thrilled to work for the Lowell Spinners this summer.
Geoffrey Guerin – Ticket Office
Geoffrey lives in Billerica, Mass. and is a rising sophomore at UMass Amherst expected to graduate in May 2017. He is studying sport management and is a huge Red Sox fan. He is looking forward to being a part of the ticket sales department for the Spinners this summer.
Adam Lattin – Ticket Office
Adam lives in Marblehead, Mass., but has previously lived in Tampa, Fla. and spent most of his life in Colorado Springs, Colo. Currently, he’s attending Salem State University in Salem, Mass. where he is pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He will be graduating in May 2014.
Adam is a huge sports fan and a big Bruins and Red Sox fan. He is excited to be in Lowell for the for the spring and summer, learning the ins and outs of the business of baseball. He will be helping out the ticket sales department before and during the season. During his free time Adam enjoys playing hockey and working out.
(Not pictured) Jackson Holewa – Grounds Crew
Jackson is from Londonderry, NH and currently attends Ohio University studying Sport Management. He is a rising senior and will be graduating in May 2015. He enjoys playing baseball, football, and golf and is an avid Boston sports fan. He is very excited to being his career in sports with the Spinners helping out the grounds crew.
Elliot Knower – Grounds Crew
Elliot resides in Hudson, NH but previously had called Templeton, Mass. home. He is currently attending Fithcburg State University and will be graduating in December 2014 with a degree in Communciations Media. Elliot is excited to learn about the Grounds Crew and everything that goes into it.
Tim Stone – Grounds Crew
Tim lives in Boone, NC and is currently attending Appalachian State Univeristy. Tim grew up in Rock Hill, SC and is a huge fan of both the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves. He will be graduating in May of 2015 with a degree in Physical Education. After graduation, he will be looking to pursue his MBA. Tim is excited to be working all summer in Lowell with the Grounds Crew.
Andreas Silatis – Promotions and Media Relations
Andreas was born in Lawrence, Mass. and has lived in Haverhill his whole life learning under the tutelage of Matt Steinberg at Haverhill High School. He is currently attending Johnson and Wales University where he is majoring in Sport, Entertainment and Event Management. He will be graduating in May 2017. Andreas is a huge music fan. He loves 90’s alternatives and grunge. He is also an avid Patriots fan. Andreas is excited for his position with the Lowell Spinners this summer and hopes to learn about the ins and outs of what it takes to operate a stadium.
Curt Lestan – Video Production
Curt lives in Walpole, Mass. but has previously lived in North Carolina. This past May, he graduated from Elon University with a BA in Broadcast and News Media. Curt loves sports and is a big Bruins fan. He has previously worked with the Kannapolis Intimidators. He is excited to be in Lowell and is looking forward to assisting the video department in Lowell this summer.
Maggie Crowe – Promotions and Media Relations
Maggie lives in Lowell, Mass. and goes to school at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She plays for the women’s soccer team and for the indoor and outdoor track & field teams. She is majoring in Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin and recently spent a semester abroad, studying in Greece. She may be familiar to loyal Spinners fans, as she has spent the past several summers scooping Ice Cream with Eli, her P.I.C., at Ice Cream 2 and was once deathly afraid of Brian Lindsay.
Alright, here they are! The second group of three! Check back tomorrow to meet the final wave of interns.
Jillian McVey – Promotions & Media Relations
Jillian lives in North Andover, MA where she was born and raised. She is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in Business at the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, where she majors in Marketing and minors in Psychology. She will graduate in May 2015. In the past, she has worked with the New England Patriots and hopes to have a great season with the Spinners.
Shakee Messina – Promotions & Media Relations
She is from Caracas, Venezuela. She attends Merrimack College, where she is graduating in May 2015 with a degree in Marketing and Sports Management with a minor in animation. She is a member of the Women’s Tennis Team at Merrimack College. She is a huge fan of sports, especially tennis and baseball.
David O’Brien – Promotions & Media Relations
David is from Methuen, Mass. and is currently a junior at Saint Leo University studying communications. His dream is to become a sports broadcaster and loves all Boston sports teams.
Kayla Springford – Promotions & Media Relations
Kayla lives in Dracut, Mass. She is going into her senior year at Arizona State University, studying Marketing & Management, and recieving Sports Business and International Business certificates. She is a member of Barrett Honors College, Sports Business Association, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is a part of the Division I cross country and track teams at ASU. She is a Sun Devil for life and is excited to gain further insight into the business behind baseball. She aspires to be in sport business upon graduation next year.
Rickey Vela – Promotions & Media Relations
Rickey Vela comes to us from Haverhill, Mass., by way of New York City. A Haverhill High graduate, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and earned his Afghanistan Campaign Medal in 2008. Most recently, Rickey completed his bachelors’ degree program at the University of Miami in 2013. He aspires to enroll into New York University’s Public Relations and Corporate Communications masters’ program next fall. He is very excited to join the Lowell Spinners the summer and work alongside some great professionals.
Kevin Wells – Promotions & Media Relations
Kevin lives in Woburn, Mass. and recently graduated from Merrimack College with a degree in Business Administration with double concentrations in Sports Management and Management. He is a big fan of running and has previously completed a marathon and will be running in the NYC Marathon in 2014. He is a huge fan of the Red Sox and is looking forward to helping with game day promotions with the Spinners.
Patrick Sullivan – Video Production
Patrick is from Norwood, Mass. and has lived in New England his whole life. He is a Television-Radio major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and is expected to graduate in May 2015. Patrick hopes to one day work behind the camera in sports broadcasting. He is a huge baseball and soccer fan. Patrick is thrilled to be a part of the Spinners organization and hopes to help the team in creating some awesome multimedia.
Sam Barlow – Stadium Operations
Sam resides in Newburyport, Mass, and currently studies Sport Management at UMass Amherst where he will be graduating in spring 2015. He is a huge Boston sports fan and is excited about working in Lowell with the Operations Department.
Matt Bash – Stadium Operations
Matt lives in Lowell, Mass and has spent most of his life in Clymer, Penn. He attended Indiana University of Pennslyvania in Indiana, Penn, earning a degree in Sports Management after graduating this past May.
Matt is a fan of of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is excited to be in Lowell and to learn the inner workings of baseball, as a member of the Operations Department.
Rafael Dubois – Stadium Operations
Rafael was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Miami, FL for 15 years. He recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Sports Management from Barry University. He considers baseball his passion.
With opening day just around the corner (FRIDAY!), we figured that this would be the perfect time to introduce you to our behind the scenes workers, the interns! Over the next three days we will be posting a little information on each of them! Keep checking back here for the rest!
(In order from left to right)
Nicole Brown – Merchandise
Nicole lives in Sandown, NH with her parents and two dogs. She currently attends UMass-Amherst for Sport Management and plans to graduate in 2016.
David Reed – Merchandise
David lives in Carlisle, Mass. and is a senior at UMass-Lowell. He is a die-hard Boston sports fan and proud Florida State Football fan and is a big fan of Quentin Tarantino films. When Dave is not at the ballpark you can find him at one of the local public golf courses or fishing the Concord or Merrimack River.
Tim Ferguson – Food & Beverage
Tim lives in Billerica, Mass. where he grew up. Currently he is attending UMass Amherst majoring in Sport Management. He is a huge sports fan and is looking forward to helping out the Spinners this summer in the food & beverage department.
Matt Sullivan – Food & Beverage
Matt lives in Westford, Mass. where he will attend UMass Lowell after previously attending UNH. Matt is a big Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots fan. He is looking forward to helping the food and beverage department at the Spinners this summer.
Alex Flynn – Administrative
Alex is a sophomore at Salve Regina, where he majors in Business Administration and plays lacrosse. Alex was born in Nashua, NH, and he is excited to take on any task that is put in front of him.
Ben Alpern – Promotions & Media Relations
Ben is from Beverly, Mass. He plays soccer at the University of Tampa where he is majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Economics. Ben will be entering his sophomore year in the fall.
Allie Conlon – Promotions & Media Relations
Allie lives in Tewksbury, Mass. and recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She earned a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Event Management and minor in Marketing. She has been attending Spinners games since she was little and is excited to be a part of this organization!
Mark Daly – Promotions & Media Relations
Mark is a rising senior at UMass Amherst where he is majoring in Journalism. He joins the Spinners after having spent the majority of the 2013 season interning for the Nashua Silver Knights, the Spinners sister team of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. At UMass, Mark is a member of the student-run television station UVC TV-19 and also interns with the UMass Athletics Media Relations Department during the school year. Mark is from Chelmsford, Mass. and has 3 younger siblings.
Adam “Ace” Evans – Promotions & Media Relations
Adam lives in Randolph, Mass. and is a rising senior at Southern New Hampshire University. Adam worked with the Nashua Silver Knights during the summer of 2013, finishing out the summer as a member of the Spinners staff. Adam is a huge Celtics fan and used to play basketball in high school. Most people know him by his nickname, “Ace.”
Martin Foley – Promotions & Media Relations
Martin lives in Salem, NH and is going into his senior year at Southern New Hampshire University. He was born in Ventura, California and attended Santa Barbara City College prior to transferring to SNHU. Martin will be graduating in May 2015 with a degree in Sport Management. He is a huge boxing fan and is training to compete as an amatuer fighter. Aside from boxing, he is an avid slow pitch softball player after playing baseball, soccer, and lacrosse when he was younger. He supports the Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Los Angeles Kings, University of Southern California Trojans, and Chelsea FC. Martin also works in Marketing and Social Media with Combat Zone MMA in Salem, NH and will be interning with Southern New Hampshire University’s athletic department as an Athletic Communications intern when he returns to school in the fall.
By now you may have heard, last night’s 7-0 shellacking of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers gave the Spinners their eighth shutout of the season, a club record. With 23 games to go, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Spinners will add to that figure before the season is done. Also on pace to break the franchise’s ERA record, this years pitching staff is clearly the biggest reason why the Spinners find themselves on top of the NYPL Stedler division.
Although the traditional “starting five” of the major leagues doesn’t neatly translate to single-A ball (Jonathon Aro, for instance, routinely pitches large chunks of games while actually starting just once this year), it’s not hard to find the main culprits while watching the Spinners brutalize and bewilder opposing batters. There are six Sipnners who have pitched upwards of 37 innings this year, while no one else has pitched as many as 20, and four of those six have been downright dominant.
The staff is unofficially led by Columbian-native Sergio Gomez, who turns just 20 in a few weeks. After pitching six shutout innings last night, Gomez now leads the team in innings pitched (50.2), ERA (1.60) and strikeouts (55). The lanky righty spent three years in the Gulf Coast League before being called up at the end of last year and is still considered raw. However it’s hard to imagine him starting next year in Lowell the way he’s dominated his single-A competition.
Simon Mercedes has also impressed this season, although as of late he has come back down to earth. In 42.1 innings this season, Mercedes is 2-1 with a 2.98 ERA. With a 1.37 WHIP, Mercedes has managed to keep his ERA sub-3 by holding opposing batters to hitting just .265 with runners on base. In his first full season with the Red Sox organization Mercedes has masterfully complimented his fastball with a curveball and change up.
Next on the list is the aforementioned Dominican righty Jonathon Aro. This season Aro has seldom pitched more than four innings per appearance but has dominated in his role as long reliever. With excellent command and an above average fastball, Aro is third on the team in strikeouts (31) while having walked just eight. Although he pitched well in his two previous seasons in the Dominican Summer and Gulf Coast leagues, Aro never dominated as he has this year, currently sporting a 2.39 ERA.
Ty Buttrey is the team’s most traditional starting pitcher, having started all eight games he has appeared in. After getting smacked around in his first start on June 22nd (the start doubles as the shortest stint (3.1 IP) and most runs he has allowed (4) this season), Buttrey has become remarkably consistent. At 6’3, 230 pounds the big North Carolina native holds a 2.65 ERA and is currently listed as the seventh-best pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization, per soxprospects.com. If he continues to pitch as well as he has in his first full season with the Red Sox, look for the 20 year old to climb the organization fast.
By Zach Winn