Finally, in what Manager Iggy Suarez called the “most complete game of the season”, the Lowell Spinners began a three game home stand with a 6-0 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Everything was working for the home team who came into Thursday night’s contest losers of seven of their last ten ball games. But on this night you would have never known, as the defense was firing, and the pitching was spot on right from the start.
Tanner Houck made his third start for the Spinners and all of them have been at home and this was his best. He would go two innings giving up only one hit while striking out two and issuing one walk. Houck threw 39 pitches of which 22 were for strikes. After the game, Suarez said Tanner was more in the zone, that his command was better.
The offense was taken care of in one frame, the fourth, where for the first time at home and maybe the first time all season, the team batted around to score five times off of Brooklyn starter Luis De Los Santos now 0-1 on the year.
Frankie Rios got the inning started by walking. After a single by Brad Netzer, they would both move up on a wild pitch. Juan Barriento would then drive both of them home with a double down the left field line that would roll all the way to the wall, 2-0 Lowell.
The inning would continue after one man was retired, Yoan Aybar singled and stole second base. Newcomer Zach Sterry then walked, which was followed by another base on ball to catcher Charlie Madden. During Nick Hamilton’s at bat, a passed ball would bring home Aybar. Hamilton’s single to left would score Sterry, then a sac fly by Michael Osinski would finish the scoring.
Suarez said afterward the at bats were quality ones that kept the line moving. Another strong outing from the bullpen cannot be overlooked. Denyi Reyes would come on to start the third and was lights out going five very strong innings, giving up only two hits to picking up his third win of the season. The Manager said of Reyes “he gave us length out of the pen tonight”. Jared Oliver came on to finish the shutout by going the final two allowing just one hit.
The Spinners did add a run in the seventh on a RBI double off the bat of Garrett Benge that scored Rios to make the final 6-0 Lowell.
Suarez was happy with everything after the game as you might have expected. He praised his defense for playing a clean game, which have been few and far between this season.
The Spinners will look to make it two in a row on Friday night VS Brooklyn.