Spinners Take 4-3 Loss vs Tigers on Cancer Awareness Night

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.

Lowell Gets Back On Track With Win Against Tigers

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.

Despite Early Runs, Spinners Fall on Vietnam Veterans Night

By: Garrett Upson

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On a night where veterans who served during the Vietnam conflict were honored at LeLacheur Park, the Lowell Spinners were unable to come away with a win against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the final game of their three game series.

Jake Cosart started for the Spinners but was pulled early, after giving up seven hits and five earned runs in 2.2 innings. He did have three strikeouts however, before Ben Taylor relieved him and struck out an impressive six Scrapper batters.

The Spinners (14-10) had many opportunities but were unable to capitalize on thirteen walks which hurt their chances of scoring runs. The Spinners had trouble catching up with the Scrappers but were able to keep the game close early on as Tucker Tubbs got on base from being hit by a pitch. Tubbs stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a single by Jordon Austin to get the Spinners on the board.

In the third inning, after three straight walks to load the bases, Victor Acosta hit a sacrifice fly ball to center. Chad De La Guerra was then walked, driving in the only run of the inning. The Spinners would score again in the ninth inning as Victor Acosta hit an RBI single but once again, the Spinners left two men on base as the rally came up short.

Veterans who served during the Vietnam Conflict were honored at LeLacheur Park during the Pre-game ceremonies. They were given a parade around the field and rose an honorary flag commemorating those that lost their lives in Vietnam.

In honor of Vietnam Veterans Night, a couple lucky fans also participated in a game on the field called Dizzy Bootcamp where they were put through a series of obstacles after spinning around a bat.

There was also a push up contest where fellow interns of the Spinners and fans competed to see who could do twenty push ups the fastest. It was very entertaining as the two fans showed the interns up and beat them.

The Canaligator along with mascots Mario, Luigi, and Scooby Doo made their appearance and played musical chairs. The Canaligator was about to win on the last chair when one of the sumo wrestlers who was hiding in the dugout, sprung out and knocked the Canaligator to the ground and let Luigi win. The crowd laughed hysterically!

The Spinners have the day off Tuesday but return to LeLacheur Park on Wednesday night as they start a three game series (two games at home, one game away) with the Connecticut Tigers. First pitch is at 7:05 P.M. The Spinners will also be celebrating Mustache Appreciation Night and give out (Spinners clubhouse manager) Dogman Bobble head’s to fans.

Balk off Win for Spinners on Bark in the Park Day

Just when you think you have seen it all, the Lowell Spinners won in the bottom of the 11th inning on a walk off catcher’s balk, evening up the series against the Scrappers. It was also Bark in the Park Day as Spinner fans brought their furry little friends to the stadium.

The players, fans and their dogs battled the 90 degree heat at Lelacheur Park on the second game of the three game series between the Spinners and Scrappers.

Luis Ramon started for the Spinners, allowing three runs, seven hits, and striking out one batter before Randy Perez came in for relief after four innings. Perez was stellar in three innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run on one hit and struck out a pair.

The Spinners offense got off to a great start in the second inning on an RBI single from Mitch Gunsolus.

The Spinners then scored a second run when Luis Alexander Basabe struck out, but advanced to first as Hector Lorenzana scored on a wild pitch by the Scrapper’s Dominic DeMasi, as the Spinners only trailed by one.

The Spinners took the lead in the third after a one-out walk by Tucker Tubbs and Chad De La Guerra. Hector Lorenzana singled driving in both to give Lowell a 4-3 lead.

The Scrappers rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning on a home run by David Armendariz, which went off the video board and eventually sent the game into extra innings.

The score remained tied heading into the bottom of the 11th where Jeremy Rivera got a leadoff walk. Victor Acosta then hit a bunt to bring Rivera to second and as it turned out, Acosta was safe with his perfect bunt. Tucker Tubbs registered the only out of the inning with a sacrifice bunt, advancing both runners. Chad De La Guerra went up to the plate and the Scrappers signaled to intentionally walk him. On the first pitch, the catcher of the Scrappers, Li-Jen Chu was called for the extremely rare catcher’s balk for leaving the catcher’s box before the pitch was thrown, which gave the Spinners the winning run.

There were some fun dog themed promotions unleashed throughout the game for the Bark in the Park themed game. On the first base side of the concourse, fans could get puppy kisses for a donation to Wignall Animal Hospital for just $2.

Instead of dizzy bat, two fans participated in Dizzy Dog Race, where they chased their tails and then ran through cones on all fours, along with jumping through hula hoops.

Two season ticket holders participated in a hot dog eating contest. There was a twist, however. They would have to eat the hot dogs out of dog bowls! The winning contestant went home with an autographed Brandon Magee bat.

Join us tonight on Vietnam Veteran’s Night for the third game of the three game series against the Scrappers begins at 7:05PM.

Rei Records First Hit in Loss vs Scrappers

On Star Wars Night at LeLacheur Park, the Spinners lost to the dark side of the force, the Scrappers, 8-6. Despite the loss, the offense gave a strong effort and fell just short.

Eight of the nine bats in the Spinners’ starting lineup had hits in the game. Spinners catcher Austin Rei, who was drafted this year in the third round of the MLB amateur player draft, especially had quite the night. He got his first professional hit, RBI, and run scored all in the game. Rei went 2-5, with a single, a triple, an RBI, and scored two runs. Two other Spinners bats had two hits in the game. Shortstop Jeremy Rivera had two base hits and scored one run. Mitchell Gunsolus also had two base hits and had two RBIs. Having a tied game going into the ninth inning, the Scrappers were able to score two runs in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead. The Spinners couldn’t score in the bottom of the ninth, leading to a Scrappers win.

For Star Wars night at the park, fans were in for a treat. There were Star Wars characters roaming the concourse along with participating in between inning events. In the mascot race, fans were thrown a curveball when Emperor Palpatine emerged from the dugout and used the force to win the race himself.

Some lucky fans got a chance to play some Dizzy Light Saber Baseball Water Balloon Fight. Two parents had to spin around the light sabers until they were very dizzy and then their children threw water balloons at them that they had to hit. After some nearly falling down and being hit with water balloons early, we had a winner who went home with a nice prize.
Today is Bark in the Park at LeLacheur Park. Come with your dog to the 3:05PM game against the Scrappers.

Romero Rocks Start on #LikeAGirl Night in 3-0 Spinners Loss

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Last night, the Spinners took on the West Virginia Black Bears for the final game of a three game series, taking the 3-0 loss.

Dioscar Romero started the game for the Spinners, giving up only one run in 5.2IP. His strong performance wouldn’t be enough, with the offensive giving no runs of support. Romero recorded the loss for the Spinners after only giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out two batters.

The Spinners offense was a weak showing, but there were still bright spots in the lineup. Luis Alexander Basabe went 1-3 with a walk. Alex McKeon entered the game as a defensive substitute in the top of the 7th inning. In McKeon’s only at bat of the game, he got on base with a single. Jordon Austin also got a base hit for the Spinners.

The night’s theme was #LikeAGirl Night, striving to change the meaning of the phrase ‘like a girl’ and to empower women. In attendance for the festivities were professional athletes and olympic athletes, including members from the NWHL team, the Boston Pride, Jillian Dempsey, Jordan Smelker, Brittany Ott, and their general manager Hayley Moore, BU alumni Kaleigh Fratkin, Boston Breaker Suzane Pires, and US Olympic silver medalist Brianna Decker. The women threw first pitches and signed autographs for fans on the concourse.

Brianna Decker was involved with an on-field during the first inning; Brianna Decker Trivia. A lucky fan was able to answer trivia questions about Brianna Decker while she said if they were correct or wrong. The fan got all of the answers correct and won a great prize.

During the second inning, Boston Pride’s Brittany Ott took the field for a game of Shoot a Goal on Brittany Ott. Two young fans competed to score goals while goalie Brittany Ott tried to stop them. Both fans did well, with one getting a goal past Ott. The lucky fan went home with a great prize.

Suzane Pires joined in the on-field fun during the third inning for a game of Family Feud. A season ticket holder competed against Pires in a game of Family Feud with the topic being favorite female athlete. The season ticket holder guessed the top choice on his first try, with Mia Hamm being the fan favorite. Suzane guessed the third choice correctly, with Alex Morgan. The second option was challenging for both the season ticket holder and Suzane, with both of them unable to guess Ronda Rousey correctly. The season ticket holder still went home with a prize.

Fans who stayed after the game were treated to a beautiful fireworks display that occur at all of the Friday home games.

Join us tonight for Star Wars night at LeLacheur Park as the Spinners begin a series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. First pitch is at 5:05PM.

Spinners Falter Early to Black Bears on Military Jersey Giveaway Night

On a night where Veterans of the Armed Service were honored, the Spinners fell to the West Virginia Black Bears 12-3.

The Spinners got off to an early lead in the first inning with Luis Alexander Basabe stealing two bases and scoring through Andrew Benintendi’s RBI. Benintendi was the 7th overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft.

Jose Almonte (2-1) started on the mound for the Spinners, but came out of the game in the second inning after giving up five runs and myriad of walks. He was relieved by Enfember Martinez.

The Black Bears went on an offensive tear and capitalized on three Spinner errors by scoring seven runs in the second inning off Almonte and Martinez.

The Spinners tried rallying in the seventh inning with Josh Ockimey leading off with a single. Tucker Tubbs followed with a double, and Mitch Gunsolus singled them both home to cut the deficit to seven. The rally was not enough, as the Black Bears scored two more runs in the ninth inning when the rain started coming down heavy at LeLacheur Park.

With the series tied at one game apiece, the Spinners look to take the series finale against the Black Bears Friday night on “#LikeAGirl Night” with Post-Game Fireworks.

Dioscar Romero (1-1, 5.59) gets the ball for the 7:05 first pitch.

The Spinners organization honored Military Veterans on Thursday night with a replica military jersey giveaway. Veterans were also honored during the Lahey Health Pre-Game Parade, and later given accolades during the third inning.

Scooby Doo made his usual appearance in the Mystery Machine along with mascots Mario and Luigi. The pair later did their usual Mario-Kart race, and Luigi took the victory by speeding past Mario, who slipped on a banana.

The sumo wrestlers excited the crowd through their usual smack-down. The Blue Bomber made a later appearance when the Canaligator raced a young fan in “Race the Gator.”

He snuck up on the Canaligator and slammed him to the ground as the fan beat the Canaligator in the closely contested race.

Basabe Blasts 2 Home Runs to Beat Black Bears 4-1

Luis Alexander Basabe’s second home run of the night

The Spinners headed into Wednesday’s game atop the Stedler division and looked to take the first game of a three game series against the West Virginia Black Bears.

Jake Cosart started the game for the Spinners, giving a strong performance. Cosart went five hitless and scoreless innings, before being taken out due to a high pitch count. He would go on to get the win.

The story of the night however, was Spinners right fielder Luis Alexander Basabe. He carried the Spinners to the 4-1 victory. Basabe went 2-4, with a solo shot in the third inning and drove in two runs with a three run home run in the fifth inning, his 4th of the season. Basabe is also the first Spinner in franchise history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate. He accomplished this feat against Vermont on June 30th and did it again last night. Not only was Basabe impressive at the plate, but he made a spectacular catch as well, keeping the hits at 0 while Cosart still had a no hitter going.

The Spinners also had strong contributions from pitchers Ben Taylor (five strikeouts and one earned run) and Bobby Poyner (no runs allowed and the save).

The night’s promotions were top notch as well. The first 1,000 fans to attend the game received free rally towels.  In the middle of the second inning on the third base side, two first year season ticket holders took the field for Dizzy Derby, sponsored by Amerident Dental. After spinning around, both fans fell before getting on their blow up horses. Both fans made it to the finish line after falling down a few times. Our winner went home with a great prize.

At the conclusion of the 8th inning, Minion Wipe Out took place on the first base side by the Spinners dugout. Our two minions, Kevin and Dave, had quite the obstacle course to run through. Their first task was running through cones, which Kevin and Dave had no problem with. It got tricky when they had to walk across balance beams. It was even harder to keep their balance when Spinners players threw water balloons at them from the dugout. After falling a few times, the minions next had to get past two Spinterns holding giant boxing gloves. This was too much for Kevin, who fell just before the finish line. Dave fell on top of Kevin but was able to just make it past the finish line and take the victory.

The Spinners and Black Bears meet again Thursday night at 7:05 P.M. for Military Appreciation Night presented by US Family Health Plan.

Meet the Spinners: Danny Rosenbaum

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With the 2015 Lowell Spinners season underway, it’s time to “Meet the Spinners”! In this segment, you will get the chance to learn all about your favorite players. Get to know the 2015 Lowell Spinners!

A native of Loveland, Ohio, Danny Rosenbaum was drafted in 2009 by the Washington Nationals. After spending the greater part of his career as a member of the Nationals’ organization, he joined the Red Sox organization in 2015 when the two teams swapped him and Daniel Butler. Due to an injury, the pitcher will begin the 2015 season rehabbing with the Lowell Spinners before returning to AAA.

Number: 19

Position: LHP

Nickname: Rosey

Who was your favorite player growing up: Ken Griffey Jr.

What is your favorite MLB team: Cincinnati Reds

What is your favorite song: “Still Fly”- Big Timers

What is your favorite food: Steak cooked medium

What is your favorite movie: “Heavyweights”

What is your favorite TV show: “Everybody Loves Raymond”

Who is your favorite actor: Ben Stiller

What is your favorite quote: “Never give up. There’s no such thing as an ending, only a beginning.”

Mitchell Gunsolus Homers in 11-2 Loss to Tigers

 

spinnersjuly2The Spinners returned to LeLacheur Park on Thursday evening for one game against the Connecticut Tigers, taking a 11-2 loss.

The Tigers got to the Spinners early with Christin Stewart homering in the top of the first. The Tigers would score six runs in the top of the second, which included a grand slam by Cam Gibson. Connecticut would go on to score 11 runs.

Offensively, the Spinners hardly struggled, having only two hits as a team prior to the ninth as the 6-9 batters went 0-16 combined.

However, the Spinners would not go down without a fight as Mitchell Gunsolus blasted a two run 400-foot home run in the bottom of the ninth putting the crowd in a frenzy. The strong effort would not be enough, however, with the Spinners taking the loss. The Spinners look to take the last game of the series Friday night at Dodd stadium. Despite the loss, the Spinners hold a 10-4 record, good for first in their division.

Following the game, fans stuck around for some exciting post game entertainment, including an improv dance by the Spinterns, fireworks, kids run the bases, and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Before the fireworks got started, a group of Spinners employees took the field down the first base line and pumped up the crowd, dancing to a number of different dances, including the cotton eyed joe. While they were entertaining, the real fun began with the fireworks. The fireworks display was complemented by some patriotic tunes in honor of Independence Day. After the fireworks, young fans were able to run the bases and ride Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Spinners next home game will take place on July 8th against the West Virginia Black Bears, beginning a six game home stand.