The Lowell Spinners continued their charge toward the playoffs as they beat a rattled Brooklyn Cyclones team 3-1. The Spinners are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and hold a 5.5 game lead on second place Oneonta in the Stedler Division.
Brooklyn started off strong, scoring one run quickly off of Spinners starter Pedro Perez in the first inning. The Spinners tied the game in the fifth on Derek Gibson’s RBI double, which plated Wilfred Pichardo.
The game remained tight until the eighth when Ronald Bermudez hit a single up the middle to plate Drew Hedman who had hit a one out double. The Cyclones then became rattled as SS Robbie Shields was ejected by 1B umpire Tim Rosso for arguing about a previous close play at first and just pitches later an easy out was allowed to fall between catcher catcher Dock Doyle and first baseman Alex Gregory. The Spinners extended the lead to 3-1 when Dan Butler’s groundball was thrown away by Cyclones reliever Brandon Sage.
Jordan Flasher picked up the save after getting out of trouble in the ninth, striking out Dock Doyle looking to end the game.
The Spinners are closing in on their second straight playoff berth and tomorrow night, the team will retire the #14 of longtime Red Sox left fielder and 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Rice during the game, and hand out bobble heads of manager Gary DiSarcina as the gates open at 5:30 p.m. to the first 1,500 fans. Yeiper Castillo (5-1, 3.02) gets the start with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Ronald Bermudez belted a three run homer off the Hookslide Kelly’s sign in left in the fifth inning of last nights game to help the Spinners win 5-2 against the Batavia Muckdogs.
Spinners starter Kason Gabbard, in his fifth rehab start, pitched six scoreless innings and struck out five Muckdogs on the way to the win. Cesar Cabral followed with three innings of relief to pick up the save.
Alex Hassan continued to be white hot, going 4-4 to raise his average to .448 to begin his professional career.
The Spinners look to move into first tonight, as Pedro Perez takes the mound for his first start this season in place of the injured Ryan Pressly. Game time is 5:05.
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.
A day after getting nipped by State College 1-0, The Spinners managed to win 5-1 Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three from the Spikes. Rehabbing Kason Gabbard, pitched the first three innings allowing one run on five hits. Jose Alvarez followed Gabbard and picked up his fourth win, going six shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.35, good for 6th in the NY Penn League. The Spinners took an early 2-0 advantage in the top of the second inning when Chris McGuiness lead off with his 9th double of the season. McGuiness, with his double, set a Spinners club record for most consecutive games with an extra base hit, six. Ronald Bermudez knocked in McGuiness with a two out single, and would eventually come into score on an error by Spikes shortstop Andy Vazquez.
State College responded quickly in the bottom of the second with a leadoff double by Butch Biela, part of three consecutive Spike hits. The rally was short lived, however, due to Shannon Wilkerson gunning out Miguel Mendez at second, trying to advance on Andy Vazquez’s RBI single. The Spikes were done in by their inability to capitalize with runners on base, hitting into four double plays.
In the 6th, the Spinners widened their lead 4-1 on four consecutive hits by Michael Almanzar, Wilkerson, Bermudez and Sean Killeen. The scoring was capped off by Ryan Westmoreland, who hit his fourth homerun of the season, his second of the series, in the top of the 7th. The Spinners return home for a brief two-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters beginning Thursday Night at LeLacheur Park. It is Justin Masterson Bobble Head Night, sponsored by Collins Dentistry for Children, and Masterson will be in attendance. LHP Cesar Cabral (0-4, 3.99) gets the start for a 7:05 first pitch.