The Vermont Lake Monsters (26-36) were just what the doctor ordered for a slumping Lowell Spinners (33-31) team that desperately needed wins in order to stay in the playoff picture. Having been swept in their last two series and riding a six game losing streak entering their series against Vermont, the Spinners flipped the script and did a little sweeping of their own earning three crucial wins (10-6, 5-2, 8-4), and improving their record against Vermont to 8-1 on the season.
Although the majority of the blame for the Spinners previous losing streak had to fall on the anemic offense, which produced only eight runs during the six losses, it was the offense that lifted the Spinners over Vermont and that deserves much of the credit for the sweep.
Spinners bats exploded in game one of the series (much as they have in previous games against Vermont’s pitching staff) for 10 runs, two more than they scored in the entirety of their six game losing streak. Over the three games of the series, Lowell’s offense combined for 23 runs on 28 hits.
Setting the pace was All-Star first baseman, Josh Ockimey, who bookended the series with a pair of bombs to right field in the first and last games. Ockimey finished the series with three runs and five RBIs. Also contributing was shortstop Jeremy Rivera, who went 5-11 in the series to go along with his outstanding defensive play.
In addition to the hot bats, fans at LeLacheur Park were treated to some exciting promotions over the three game series. Game one saw a Spinners hat giveaway sponsored by Fred C. Church insurance, game two was Circle Health Go Red for Women Night with Circle Health sponsoring a red t-shirt giveaway to raise awareness about women’s heart health, and the Spinners pulled out all the stops for the final game of the series by giving away replica 2008 Spinners Stedler Division Championship rings and featuring appearances by Governor Charlie Baker, former Red Sox player Sam Horn, and MMA competitor John “Doomsday” Howard. Governor Baker threw a strike for his ceremonial first pitch, and fans got to watch Doomsday take out LeLacheur’s resident sumo wrestlers with some sweet over the shoulder tosses.
With 12 games left to play, the sweep of Vermont puts the Spinners 2.5 games back of first place in the Stedler Division and just one game back in the Wild Card race. So despite the team’s poor play coming back from the All-Star break, a spot in the playoffs is still well within their grasp.
It was a wild weekend at LeLacheur Park that consisted of a broken world record, 19 innings of baseball in one day, and zombies.
The Friday night game against the Staten Island Yankees was postponed due to rain. Despite the game moving, a world record was broken and fireworks occurred.
Liam Fitzgerald, the boy who is known as the Bruins fist-bumper, started the #BumpOutCancer campaign, which led to the Spinners attempting to break the world record for most simultaneous fist bumps. Liam has Down syndrome and is a survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His attempt to become the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year was the reason behind the start of this campaign. By raising funds, and spreading awareness Liam won and became the man of the year.
Liam was in attendance with his family leading the record attempt with the Spinners Dance Team. The previous record was 1,820 and was broken Friday night by the Spinners with 2,604 participants.
With the Friday night game being moved to Saturday, which meant a fun-filled doubleheader, and 19 innings of baseball.
On Super Hero Night at LeLacheur Park, the Spinners couldn’t quite defeat the villainous Yankees. They put up a valiant effort, taking what were originally 7 inning games to 9 innings and 10 innings respectively. However, despite their best efforts, they ended the day in two losses.
Spinners fans were entertained all day with fun between innings games. For the first time ever at LeLacheur Park, two fans played Build a Burrito on the first base side. In a relay style, each fan had to fill their burrito with chicken, black beans, salsa, and guacamole, roll the burrito up, and deliver it to Sombrero Man. Both contestants did well, keeping it close until the end. One contestant almost won but dropped some guacamole out of his burrito, which led to the other contestant taking the victory.
The Spinners played the last of the three game series on Sunday, where they took another loss. Despite the loss, Austin Glorius made his LeLacheur Park debut in glorious fashion, pitching four scoreless innings. Matt Kent would get the loss, despite giving up only two earned runs. The offense couldn’t quite put it together, which led to the 4-0 loss.
It was Zombie Night at LeLacheur Park, which led to Zombie Impressions. Three fans took the field on the first base side, making their best Zombie impressions. All three gave a solid effort, but only one fan went home with the prize.
The Spinners begin a three game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters tonight at 7:05PM. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Spinners hat upon entering the park.
The Spinners split an unconventional series with the Tri-City ValleyCats that included two rehab stints, lightning, rain, and a cruise giveaway.
On Win a Royal Caribbean Cruise Night, the game would be suspended with two outs in the top of the first inning due to rain. Prior to the suspended game, fans were treated to a rehab outing by Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello along with Paw Sox second baseman Sean Coyle. Porcello pitched 3.2IP, giving up three hits, no runs, one walk, and one strike out.
The Spinners offense was so explosive it caused a lightning delay (sort of). In the bottom of the third inning, Basabe, Coyle, De La Guerra, and Ockimey would score runs, with Acosta and Ockimey getting RBIs. The inning would result in four runs, giving the spinners a lead.
The game would be put to a pause when the rain led to a suspended game. The following day at 3:05PM, the game restarted with Matt Kent on the mound. Kent would go on to pitch 3.1 IP, getting the win. Bobby Poyner got the save, pitching 2 innings and striking out three.
The follow game got started after a thirty-minute break with Jose Almonte on the mound. He gave a solid effort, going 4.2 IP giving up only two runs and striking out six batters. The Spinners offense, however, struggled, getting only one hit by Chad De La Guerra.
Despite the Saturday rain, one lucky fan went home with a free cruise. In honor of the night, fans also received free leis at the gate.
On field promotions during the two games did not disappoint. During the second inning of the game, fans watched Minion Wipeout on the first base side. Our two minions, Dave and Kevin, had to run through cones, walk across a balance beam, and maneuver past punching bags to the finish line. It was quite the challenge, with both minions falling down after being pelted with water balloons while trying to stay on the balance beam. In the end, it would be Dave who would see a victory.
During the second game, two lucky fans got to participate in Cheeseburger Slingshot. The two fans stood behind second base holding two nets while three of our Spinners staff-members slingshot cheeseburgers their way. Both contestants caught one cheeseburger each, ending in a tie.
After enjoying the all-star break, the Spinners return to LeLacheur Park this Friday as they begin a three game series against the Staten Island Yankees. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05PM.
Hey, Spinners Fans! Have you ever wanted to break a World Record and be put in the Guinness World Record Book? Tonight is your chance! Here at LeLacheur Park, we are attempting to break the record for the longest wave in the stands during a game.
The current record is 9 minutes and 41 seconds held by the Brother Baseball Club (Chinese Taipei) at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Chinese Taipei.
With the help of our fans, we hope to get our entire stadium continuously participating in the Wave for roughly twelve minutes or more. We plan to have a countdown on our jumbotron, counting down the current record, to ensure we beat it. As the previous record holders for the longest game of Duck Duck Goose, we would like to bring a Guinness World Records Title back to our field.
Tonight the Spinners are teaming up with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to give away a cruise to one of our lucky fans. Come on down for a Spinners game, win a cruise, and break a World Record, all in one night!
After losing a close one in the first game of their series, the Lowell Spinners got a great team performance on Wednesday night in the last game of the series between the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Lowell (24-21) brought their A game as their bats and pitching were phenomenal as they routed the Cyclones 12-0. Jose Almonte had the start and did not have much trouble at all. He only allowed three hits and a pair of walks over four innings and struck out five.
The Spinners offense was clicking right away in the first inning after Jeremy Rivera led off the inning with a single and Victor Acosta doubled him in to score. Then Josh Ockimey blasted his second home run of the year down the right field line which traveled 335 feet to give the Spinners a 3-0 lead. The Spinners also scored a run in second from Jeremy Rivera and another two in the third on a two-run double from Kyri Washington to push the lead to 6-0.
Lowell continued to dominate the game as they scored another five runs in the fourth inning as the Cyclones were scrambling for pitchers. Back-to-back RBI singles from Tate Matheny and Andrew Benintendi brought in two, with another run coming in on a fielder’s choice from Acosta. Kyri Washington then added an RBI single and Austin Rei hit a sacrifice fly to score yet another run as the Spinners went up 11-0 lead. Brooklyn’s starting pitcher, Gaby Almonte was pulled from the game after he gave up his ninth run oh eight hits.
The Spinners would score one more run in the fifth inning and got great pitching performances from relievers Matt Kent and Austin Glorious. Kent got the win with 1 hit given up and four strikeouts and Austin Glorious finished the game off with three strikeouts of his own.
The Spinners celebrated Middle Child Night at LeLacheur Park as children and adults of all ages were honored with a pre-game parade and there were a few promotional themed on-fields. One entertaining on-field was where fans had to dive their heads into a thick plate of whip cream and find an Oreo hidden in the whip cream.
The Spinners look to get another win as they start a new series against the Connecticut Tigers on Thursday night. First pitch is at 7:05 as Dioscar Romero gets the start on Jimmy Buffet Night.
The Brooklyn Cyclones had four more hits than the Lowell Spinners, but the Spinners ended the game with four more runs than the Cyclones on 1980s night at LeLacheur Park. Despite being outhit 8-4, the Spinners took advantage of three Cyclones errors and won the second game of the series 5-1.
Brooklyn was only able to produce one run from eight hits due to some impressive bend-but-don’t-break pitching from Lowell’s staff—a staff that ended up needing to go to the bullpen far earlier than expected.
Jake Cosart started the game and looked dominant, striking out the first three batters he faced. They would be the only three batters he faced, however, as he was taken out of the game after one inning for precautionary reasons.
Enfember Martinez entered the game in relief and pitched 4.2 innings allowing only one run to earn the win. Edwar Garcia came into the game in the sixth inning and recorded a 10-out save.
Offensively, the Spinners were lucky more than anything else. Of their five runs, only one (their first one) was earned. Their final four runs (including the winning run) were the direct results of abysmal Brooklyn defense.
One could argue that the night’s most exciting entertainment occurred in foul ground as part of 1980s night at the park. Fans were treated to classic music from the 80s all night, and the on-fields were inspired by the decade. Two kids played “Human Pac-Man”, a game in which they had to run through cones collecting Trinity EMS balls before being tagged by the Minions who were acting as the ghosts.
All in all, it was a great night at LeLacheur, and the Spinners got a game on Brooklyn in the Wild Card Standings. If they win tonight, not only will they win the series, but they will pass Brooklyn and move into first place in the Wild Card Standings.
The Lowell Spinners (22-21) had momentum on their side going into Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Cyclones (22-20) who are the Class A affiliates of the New York Mets. The Spinners were coming off a superb road trip where they won 4 out of 6 games and were coming home for the first time since July 26th.The Cyclones struck first as they jumped ahead to a 2-0 advantage off of starting pitcher Kevin Steen. However, Steen would settle down after that and give up no runs as well as striking out two before Danny Zandona relieved him in the sixth inning. Lowell responded in the fourth and scored three runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Tate Matheny hit a fly ball to center that the center fielder for the Cyclones misplayed and the play turned into a two-run double. After that, Kyri Washington hit a sacrifice fly to give the Spinners a 3-2 lead.
Lowell would also add more runs to their lead in the fifth inning, as their bats started firing. Jeremy Rivera started the inning off by reaching base on a pop-up caught by no-one and then Andrew Benintendi followed with an infield single. Victor Acosta would single to right, which fell in front of three Cyclone players, bringing in Rivera. Tucker Tubbs then hit a sacrifice fly ball which increased the Lowell lead to 5-2.
The Cyclones however, would capitalize on Spinners relief pitchers Danny Zandona and Taylor Nunez in the sixth and seventh innings. Both pitchers gave up a combined six hits and five runs as the Cyclones retook the lead 7-5. Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Spinners would inch closer and score a run. Tucker Tubbs led off the inning with a double and then Chad De La Guerra followed with an infield single. Tubbs then took third on a wild pitch, but De La Guerra got nabbed at second. It was unfortunate luck but new Spinner Kyri Washington singled home Tubbs to cut the deficit.
Heading into the ninth inning, the Spinners had some confidence built as relief pitcher Bobby Poyner pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four. Lowell would have two quick outs which brought up Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi blasted the ball with two strikes towards the right field wall. It appeared the ball was heading over the wall for a home run, but it fell just short as he reached third base. Victor Acosta would be up next and struck out ending the game for the Spinners as they fell 7-6.
The Spinners celebrated law enforcement night at LeLacheur Park as past and present police officers were honored during pre-game. The Spinners also celebrated first responders and recognized their youth baseball team, the Jr. Spinners, who are an AAU team. The U10,11, and 12 teams were celebrated with awards.
The Spinners and Cyclones square off again in the second game of their three game series, Tuesday night when Jake Cosart (2-2, 5.63) gets the ball for the Spinners with a 7:05 first pitch.
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.
On Cancer Awareness Night sponsored by Lahey Health and Taylor Swift Night, the Spinners took a loss against the Tigers, despite fighting until the end.
Prior to the game, in honor of Cancer Awareness night sponsored by Lahey Health, fans, players, and staff members wrote on signs whom they were standing up to cancer for. Everyone stood for a moment of silence holding the signs up. It was a touching moment visualizing the immense impact cancer has on everyone. Players also wore jerseys in honor of the night that were auctioned off with the proceeds going towards cancer research.
The Spinners took a tough loss against the Tigers, battling until the very end. In the 3-4 loss, there were a few offensive standouts. Andrew Benintendi had two hits including a triple and a RBI in the Spinners’ 3-4 loss against Connecticut. Mitch Gunsolus also had two hits in the game. Isaias Lucena made his Spinners debut, going 2 for 4 with two singles and an RBI.
The Spinners were down by 2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, where they were able to cut the Tigers lead down to one run. Despite the valiant effort, it wouldn’t be enough to defeat the Tigers.
In honor of Taylor Swift Night, there was and on field event, Dizzy Derby, held to the Taylor Swift song White Horses. Two fans spun around until they were very dizzy and had to ride horses to the finish line. With a lot of stumbling around, there was one winner.
Another on field event made its season debut, Junk in the Trunk. Set to the tune of Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, two fans had to tie boxes around them and attempt to shake Ping-Pong balls out. Both did a great job and the winner went home with a great prize.
The next game at LeLacheur Park takes place on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:05PM against Tri-City. Join us as we hold Social Media Night, featuring the Fan Vote Bobble Head Giveaway of a Mookie Betts bobble head.
By: Garrett Upson
After posting a record of 2-4 in their last six game home stand, the Lowell Spinners wanted to get off to a good start with their three game series against the Connecticut Tigers.
Lowell (15-10) did just that, by defeating the Tigers 7-4 in a back and forth battle with the Spinners pulling away towards the end of the game.
Jose Almonte got the start for Lowell by giving up only three hits and four runs with two strikeouts.
The Tigers took the early lead in the third inning with Steven Fuentes reaching base on a throwing error by Hector Lorenzana. He would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Lester to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Spinners would respond the next inning as they scored two runs. Andrew Benintendi had a leadoff walk then Tate Matheny and Victor Acosta both singled which loaded the bases. Mitch Gunsolus then singled to right field, which brought Matheny and Benintendi, giving the Spinners a 2-1 lead.
The Tigers responded by posting three runs in the fifth inning giving them a 4-2 lead. However, the Spinners would counter in the bottom of the fifth inning plating in three runs for themselves. Luis Basabe crushed a home run on a 1-0 count which was his fifth of the season and sparked the Spinner crowd. He is tied for most home runs in the New York Penn League.
With two men on and two outs, Victor Acosta grounded to third, but Josh Lester threw a ball in the dirt, scoring a pair of runs that gave the Spinners a 5-4 lead.
The Spinners would not look back after that inning and scored another two runs in the 7th and 8th inning. They also got strong performances from relief pitchers Matt Kent, Taylor Nunez, and Bobby Poyner who all had scoreless appearances.
There was also plenty of entertainment at Lelacheur Park as the Spinners celebrated NASCAR Night, Mustache Appreciation, and gave away fan favorite as well as the Spinners clubhouse manager, Dogman bobble heads.
Up and coming Nascar racer Jesse Little threw out the first pitch as well as participating in a Nascar themed on field entertainment.
Dogman also took part in a mustache competition where he judged three contestants from the crowd to see who had the best looking mustache. The fan with the best mustache received tickets to the Nascar race this weekend up in New Hampshire.
The Spinners head to Connecticut Thursday night where Dioscar Romero (1-2) gets the start for the 7 P.M. first pitch. The series concludes Friday night at LeLacheur for Taylor Swift Night, Cancer Awareness Night presented by Lahey Health, along with post-game fireworks.