Another rough late afternoon and early evening at the office for the Spinners. The defense contributed five more errors, the offense could only muster four hits, and for the second game in a row, the Connecticut Tigers outpitched and outplayed the home team. It all added up to a 6-0 win for Tigers over Lowell.
The first inning set the tone for this one. Lowell starter Yorvan Pantoja was in trouble from the get-go. He surrendered a walk to the leadoff hitter Garrett McCain and the next batter, Junnell Ledezma, ripped a double that one-hopped the center field wall. McCain, running all the way, was gunned down at the plate on a nice relay from CF Nick Hamilton to SS Yomar Valentin to C Samuel Miranda who applied the tag to get the first out of the inning. One batter later Teddy Hoffman drove in the first run of the night with a base hit to LF. Colby Bortles drove in run number two in the frame with a single to right scoring Hoffman, 2-0 Tigers.
In the second, they added a third run when Ronell Coleman was hit by a pitch. Back to back singles would score him with the nine hitter Alexis Garcia getting the RBI, 3-0 visitors.
As was the case on Saturday the Tigers received good starting pitching, this time from Matt Manning (1-0), who went the first five innings of three-hit shutout baseball throwing 84 pitches in doing so.
Connecticut made it 4-0 in the third when Hoffman reached on an error by Spinners third baseman Garrett Benge making his team debut. He would eventually score on a sac fly by Hector Martinez.
Hoffman’s night of damage was not over as he led off the fifth against Pantoja by hitting a 390 foot HR over the scoreboard in left. The bomb was Hoffman’s first of the season and the second by the Tigers in the series. The final run came later in the inning on a sac fly by Joey Morgan to CF, 6-0 Tigers.
All the runs were given up by Pantoja (0-1) who took the loss for the Spinners. His line of four innings was six hits, all earned, four walks, two strikeouts, and two wild pitches. He threw 77 pitches and his command and location were not always good. His defense let him down at times by making three errors during his outing.
For the Tigers, this was their second shutout of the young year. The first one involved Manning who has now thrown 9.1 innings without being scored on. The bullpen of Colyn O’Connell, Max Green, Wladimir Pinto finished off the game to get the win and goose egg on the board.
The only bright spot for Lowell came in the fourth inning. Victor Acosta singled to center field to start the frame. It was career hit number 109 in his Spinners career and he now holds the franchise record for most hits.
Lowell will try to salvage one game in this series on Monday night.