The Spinners clinched their second consecutive Stedler division title last night with a 13-0 thrashing of second place Oneonta. The Spinners have won 11 of their last 14 games and have opened up a 7.5 game lead on Oneonta since entering play on August 22nd tied with the Tigers for first place.
Starter Jose Alvarez (8-3, 1.52) threw a complete game shutout, only allowing five hits and striking out six over his seven innings of work. With the win, Alvarez broke the Spinners record for victories in a season with 8. He also remains atop of the NY-Penn League in ERA (1.52).
The Spinners wasted no time opening up an early lead by scoring six times in the first and five times in the second on their way to an 18 hit output on the night. Every starter had at least one hit, led by Derrik Gibson’s perfect night at the plate. He was 3 for 3 with two walks, reaching base five times. Gibson, in his last four games, is hitting a blistering .667. Chris McGuiness and Ken Roque each had three hits and Michael Almanzar added a double, triple and three RBI’s.
The Spinners also won game two of the twinbill 6-2 as Willie Holmes was 3-3 with a HR and Wilfred Pichardo stole three bases in breaking the Spinners single season record for stolen bases. Pichardo now stands at 31, the record was previously 28, set by Matt Van Der Bosch in 2004. Carson Blair and Doug Wogee made thier Spinner debuts, with Blair going 1 for 2 with a double and Wogee pitching a scoreless inning in relief. Spinners starter Alex Wilson was again dominant in his three inning stint, striking out three and only allowing one hit. The Spinners look to continue their hot streak with the final game of the series tonight in Oneonta. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
The Lowell Spinners offense continued its coming out party Tuesday night against the Hudson Valley Renegades in a 10-1 drubbing. The Spinners scoring commenced in the first inning as Wilfred Pichardo legged out a bunt single, then promptly stole second, moved to third on a Derrik Gibson hit and then pulled off a rare steal of home.
Joantoni Garcia and Chris McGuiness both added three run homers in the second and third innings respectivley. McGuiness, now with 29 RBI’s, is third in the NY Penn League, 2 behind Sebastian Valle of Williamsport. The Spinners were also the beneficiaries of poor defense by the Renegades, who committed an astounding six errors in the game. Every Spinner starter had a hit and Derrik Gibson continued his recent hot streak with another three hit performance, he is hitting .388 in his last 10 games.
Spinner pitching only allowed four hits, as Alex Wilson continued his dominance in his three innings of work, not allowing a hit and lowering his ERA to .42. Tom Ebert picked up the win striking out four in his two innings of work.
The Spinners look to continue to make a charge towards the top of the Stedler Division tommorow night as Yeiper Castillo takes the mound at 7:05
The Spinners were swept in the brief two game series against the Lake Monsters by dropping Friday night’s game 4-1. Spinner’s starter Ryan Pressly cruised through the first four innings without allowing a hit before getting into trouble in the 5th. Pressly only allowed one run on one hit while striking out four. The Spinner offense was silenced by Lake Monsters pitchers Peter Lehman and Evan Bronson, only mustering 5 hits. Ronald Bermudez collected the Spinners lone RBI and went 2-3 in a losing effort. Bermudez has been hot as of late hitting .353 in his past 10 games.
Pedro Perez took the loss as he allowed three runs in his 2.2 innings of work. The Spinners, by losing the quick two game series against Vermont, fall to 2.5 games out of first, behind both Vermont and Oneonta. The Spinners have now lost their last four home contests. Alex Wilson looks to play the role of stopper for the Spinners as they start a four game road trip tonight in Vermont, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
The Spinners committed four errors, all of them in the Cross Cutters four run 7th inning, leading to a 8-1 loss on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Pressly the Spinners starter pitched one inning striking out three but allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Chris McGuiness’ RBI single in the first accounted for the lone Spinner run as Williamsport pitching kept the Spinners in check.
Pressly, a winner in his first three starts, has struggled in his last two, losing both times. Anatanaer Batista, the Spinners player of the game pitched four scoreless innings in relief, only allowing one hit.
The Spinners now travel to State College to begin a three game series against the Spikes. Alex Wilson, still unscored upon this year, will take the mound in game one tommorow night at 7:05.
On Tuesday Night, the Spinners opened a 6 game homestand with the first of three games vs. the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Ryan Pressly took the mound and had his first tough outing of the year, giving up 3 runs and 8 hits in 4.2 innings of work. Ironbirds starter Tyler Sexton hurled a gem, going 6 strong innings striking out 5 and allowing only 2 hits. The Ironbird bullpen took over where Sexton left off, only allowing one more hit in blanking the Spinners 5-0
Wednesday Night, the Spinners looked to bounce back from their dismal offensive preformance in game one of the series by facing the Ironbird’s starter Kenny Moreland, one of the best starters in the league so far this season. Moreland pitched well but made a 1st inning mistake to Ryan Westmoreland. Westmoreland launched his 2nd homerun of the season as the Spinners took a quick 1-0 lead. Spinners starter Alex Wilson dominated Ironbird’s hitters striking out 4 in his 3 innings of work. Chia-Chu Chen knocked in Derrik Gibson in the 5th to give the Spinners an insurance run. Rehabbing Jed Lowrie was 0-8 in the two games vs. the Ironbirds. Dennis Neuman picked up the save. Watch Wilson in action and Westmoreland launch his 2nd home run of the season below. (Thanks SoxProspects)
The top prospect rankings were recently updated and we are happy to report that many Spinners past and present are among the top prospects in the rankings. The rundown is as follows
Casey Kelly is now ranked the top prospect in the Red Sox organization after going 1-4 witha 3.09 ERA with 35 strikeouts against 7 walks this season for the Salem Red Sox.
- Current Spinner Ryan Westmoreland is #7
- Former Spinner Ryan Kalish is #8
- Former Spinner Nick Hagadone is #9
- Former Spinner Stolmy Pimentel is #10
Tim Federowicz is #14 and was recentley named the Sox Prospects Player of the Month for June
Current Spinners also in the top prospect list include Alex Wilson #22, Derrik Gibson #23, and Michael Almanzar #33. Congratulations to all, you are truly “On the Road to Boston”.
Last night the Spinners defeated the Tri-City Valley Cats 7-6 in a wild walk off win, as the Spinners moved their record back to .500. The Spinners held a lead the enitre game until the 9th when the Valley Cats staged a rally and lead 6-5 going into the bottom of the 9th. With 1 out in the inning Christian Vazquez, a new arrival from the Gulf Coast league, stepped up to the plate and belted his first professional home run to tie the score at 6-6. The home run unraveled Valley Cats reliver Mike Modica as he eventually forced in the winning run on a walk to Chris McGuiness. Jeremy Kehrt pitched solid in relief of starter Alex Wilson and went 6 innings allowing 1 earned run and striking out 11.
I have to say that last night was an amazing time, the game featured everything from game tying home runs to manager ejections, the weather was pristine and the crowd was extremley lively. The fans carried the Spinners to a win last night and it was a delight to see our strong fan base out in force last night.
The Spinners now hit the road for a 3 game series vs. Vermont Lake Monsters. Game 1 is tonight at 7:05 follow the game live on WCAP by clicking here at game time.