The last time these two teams met in Lowell back in late June, it was the Connecticut Tigers who took advantage of every break the Spinners gave them. On Friday night the tables were turned, as Lowell was the one who cashed in on the Tigers mistakes. An eight-run third by the home team was enough to take game one of this series 11-4.
Lowell did it with the bats and got solid pitching as well. Starter Yorvan Pantoja was good. Although he did not figure in the decision because he did not go the required 5 innings, he went four throwing 58 pitches allowing no hits or runs. A far cry from his last outing VS Tigers when he gave up six runs, four of them earned in four innings back on June 25th.
After the Spinners jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on a RBI double by Raiwinson Lameda, followed by an unearned run against Tiger starter Dane Myers. Lowell put the game away in the third against the Tigers bullpen.
Myers was done after two innings of work. Manager Gerald Laird went to his bullpen and brought in Francisco German to start the third. After getting the leadoff hitter on a groundout he would not record another out in the frame. Spinners hitters went to work with six straight hits and a walk that produced the eight runs. RBI was collected by Brett Netzer part of the 2017 draft class of the Red Sox. Also chipping in was Lameda, Charlie Madden and Garrett Benge with a two-run single to right field. In all, eight runs on seven hits with two Tigers errors mixed in This was by far the biggest inning of the season for the home team. German’s pitching line in a third of an inning was six hits and eight runs is a rough one to view.
The Spinners bullpen finished up the game, and yes they did give up four runs over the five innings, but they threw strikes and forced Connecticut to hit their way on base to try to get back into the ballgame.
For Lowell, there were multiple players with two-hit nights. Joesph Monge with a single and triple, Juan Barriento with 2twosingles, Netzer with two knocks, as well as Lameda.
Lowell, which is now 7-10, will try to make it two for two on Saturday night VS Connecticut.