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.
Welcome to our third segment of “Road to the Show” with Kyle Rutter.
Rutter was selected in the 41st round of the 2009 Major League Amateur Draft. Rutter’s path to becoming a pro is an interesting one, including changing his delivery upon his arrival at NC State. Rutter features impressive separation on his pitches, with his fastball sitting 85-87 and his Frisbee slider sitting around 72-74. Rutter works exclusively out of the stretch, something that is extremely rare.
This season he tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings May 31 vs. South Carolina to receive the win in the NC State’s 5-4 victory in the second round of the NCAA Raleigh Regional. During his time at Palmer Trinity High School in Palmetto Bay, FL, he earned all Dade County honors in 2004, helped win the school’s first district title in 18 years and was selected as his team’s MVP in his junior and senior seasons. So far Kyle’s success has translated to his time here in Lowell, where as of July 22, he has posted a 1.29 ERA and has struck out over a batter an inning. Rutter sat down to answer a few questions with the Spinners Blog.
Tell us a bit about your delivery and why you chose it?
After my freshman year of college I didn’t have any offspeed pitches, and I was sometimes coming under the ball from my armslot which was three quarters. The coaches gave me an option of changing my armslot to over the top or to have me bend my body over and keep the same arm angle. I decided to drop my body down and keep the same arm angle which gave me a slider and a changeup, so it was a good fit.
What pitches do you feature?
Fastball, slider, change, my slider is basically a Frisbee slider.
Describe your time at NC state, what would you say your best experience was, your most challenging?
Definitely my best experience was winning the NCAA Raleigh Regionals at home in 2008 and being able to pitch in those games and help my team win, I would have to say my most challenging experience was changing my delivery and developing new pitches, which was a lot of hard work, but it was well worth it.
You were red-shirted as a freshman at NC State why was that?
No real reason, I just wasn’t ready to be on the field and pitch
What has it been like to play here in Lowell so far?
It’s a great experience playing in front of a huge crowd and just being in this atmosphere, playing for such a great organization is also a dream come true.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy playing Xbox, my favorite game is Call of Duty 4
Growing up who was your favorite team and player?
My favorite team was the Florida Marlins and my favorite player was Josh Beckett, so being drafted by the Red Sox was amazing, it would be great to meet him one day.
If anyone, who would you credit for helping you to get where you are today?
My college pitching coach Chris Roberts, because he was the one who heleped me develop my new delivery and really helped me develop as a pitcher.
You were teammates with Aaron Bates and Jon Still, could you tell us a bit about playing with them at NC State?
Bates is the best hitter I’ve played with at any level. He was a great teammate and had a lot of confidence in me, he helped to get me on the field and playing my sophomore year. Still is just an all around great guy, awesome player as well, I look forward to hopefully playing with both Aaron and Jon one day up in Boston.
Former Spinner Aaron Bates had a day he will never forget yesterday as he went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in the Red Sox 6-0 victory over Kansas City. Bates was called up to Boston on July 6th and after going 1-7, he is now hitting .364 since his arrival. Bates has also provided solid defense as evidenced by his grab of a liner off the bat of Brayan Pena in the 6th inning of yesterday’s game. Bates has stated that he is confident he can play at the major league level and that his stumbles in AAA Pawtucket are nothing but an adjustment. Read more about Bates here.
The Spinners would like to congratulate 2006 Spinner Aaron Bates on making his Major League debut on July 6th vs the Oakland A’s. Bates has had some impressive minor league numbers highlighted by his 2007 campaign in Lancaster where he hit .332 and hit 24 home runs. Bates ran into trouble upon arrival in Portland but working on his swing allowed him to regain his prowess with the bat and he started off 2009 hot, batting .340 with Portland. Aaron was promoted to Pawtucket after 52 games in Portland and was adjusting to AAA, when the call came from the Red Sox. Aaron’s hard work and patience has led to his promotion to Boston. Aaron is the third former Spinner to get “the call” this season along with Hunter Jones and Dusty Brown. Congratulations!
Aaron Bates, who started his career as member of the Lowell Spinners in 2006, has always been a fast riser. After just one month in Lowell, Bates was promoted to Greenville where he continued to do nothing but hit. In 2007, after starting the season in Lancaster, Bates found himself in Portland by the end of the season as California League pitchers proved to be no-match.
Off to a slow start in Portland to begin the 2008 season, Bates broke out of a season long slumber in a big way with his first home run, a grand slam, of the season and a single-game record tying SEVEN RBI on Tuesday, May 6 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The 14th ranked top prospect in the Red Sox organization (per SoxProspects.com pre-season rankings), Bates is no stranger to records. During the 2006 season with the JetHawks, Bates homered four times in ONE GAME, becoming the first player in the 66-year history of the California League to do so.