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.
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 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.