First off, when played properly, baseball is a simple game. Pitching, fielding, and hitting can all be mastered if done right. It’s only when mistakes are made does the game get complicated.
Last night’s game between Connecticut and Lowell would be a good example as the Tigers took advantage of lots of Spinners misplays to leave Lowell with a series sweep. They won game three by a 10-6 count.
The first half inning may go down as one of the worst played in the NY-Penn league in 2017. It took 28 minutes to complete, saw the Tigers bat around as they collected seven hits, were helped out by four Spinners errors (a theme for the weekend), and one wild pitch. By the time the frame was over Connecticut had a 7-0 lead. Only two of the runs were earned off of starting pitcher Enmanuel De Jesus who did not survive the inning only lasting two outs.
The Tigers would add on two more in the second off relief pitcher Jared Oliver, a two-run triple off the bat of catcher Andres Sthomes and the lead was now 9-0.
It was a steep hill for the Spinners to climb, but the good news was there was plenty of ballgame left to do it in. They started by scoring two in the third off starter Dane Myers. Lowell’s top of the order got it going with a walk to leadoff hitter Nick Hamilton that was followed by a double off the bat of Imeldo Rios who came into the game as a defensive replacement at SS. An error by Tigers RF Reynaldo Rivera allowed Hamilton to score Lowell’s first run. A sac fly by Victor Acosta gave them the second run and it was now a 9-2 game.
The Spinners would add two more in the seventh off of Francisco German who was brought on to get some work. A walk to Diaz, then a single by Aneury Tavarez had something brewing for Lowell. Both runners moved up on what else, a wild pitch( lots of those this series), Acosta drove in one with a single to LF then Garrett Benge brought in the second run of the inning on a ground ball out to second. It was now 9-4 Tigers after seven.
Connecticut tacked on one more in the eighth just to make sure. It came off of Durin O’linger. A leadoff single by Ronell Coleman, this one of the infield variety, and he was moved up to second base on a walk to Rivera, and scored two batters later on a single up the middle by Dylan Burdeaux to make it a six-run game at 10-4.
That run did become important as the Spinners would score twice in the bottom of the eighth to pull within a grand slam home run of tying the game. After the first two hitters were retired, the next three would reach base with two of them scoring. A triple by Hamilton to left, double by Diaz score Hamilton. Double by Tavarez score Diaz. The score was 10-6 Tigers. The runs were off of Will Vest.
The Spinners could not complete the comeback as they went down without mounting a threat in the ninth. The loss dropped Lowell to 2-6 while the sweep by Connecticut improves them to 5-2.
Lowell will hit the road for the rest of the week to get some things corrected before retiring home Monday, July 3.
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