On Saturday night the Lowell Spinners put together their best offensive show of the year to date. They got 13 hits and 10 runs, both season highs for a team that has struggled with the bat. Eight of the nine players in the lineup had at least one hit, defense, and strong starting pitching. It added up to a 10-7 win over the Brooklyn Cyclones and a sweep of the three game series before a sold out crowd at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
The offense was the story on this night for the home team. They had six extra base hits on the night, five doubles and one triple. They would score in six of the eight innings they batted, getting the job done with men in scoring position. The bats were red hot and the fans that came out were happy to see it.
The benefactor of the offensive output was starter Nick Duron who went the first five and gave up one run, five hits, struck out two, and walked none. The win is his second of the year against three loses.
Brooklyn did have a lead in this game for a half inning. In the first, they did push across the game’s first run on a RBI single by Reed Gamache that plated Dylan Snypes who had earlier reached on an infield hit.
Lowell, however, would answer in the bottom of the first against Cyclones starter Nicolas Debora now 0-3. The Spinners would load the bases with two outs and newcomer Zach Sterry came through with a bases clearing double to left, 3-1 Lowell. The next batter, Jordan Wren, would follow with a RBI single of his own, 4-1 Spinners after one.
The hits and runs kept coming for the Spinners. Nick Hamilton doubled to begin the second, would be moved to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by Yoan Aybar, 5-1 Lowell.
In the third, they struck again with a Marino Campana leadoff walk. He was moved to third on a base hit by Garrett Benge and later scored on a ground out by Sterry, part of a four RBI night for him, 6-1 Spinners.
If this night was any indication, Lowell may have found their leadoff hitter. Michael Osinski was on base four times in this game with three hits and a walk. He started the fourth by singling to center off relief pitcher Gregorix Esteves, who replaced Debora who labored through three. Aybar brought him home with his league leading 5th triple of the year to right field, part of a three hit, two RBI night for him, 7-1 after four.
Brooklyn got one run back in the sixth off of reliever Mitchell Osnowitz who came on for Duron. A run scoring hit from Carl Stajduhar, part of a two RBI night for him, made the score 7-2 Lowell.
The Spinners tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning. A two-run double from Brett Netzer scored both Osinski and Aybar, who had both singled to start the frame off of Jake Simon, the third Brooklyn pitcher of the night. 9-2 Lowell after six.
The Cyclones put another run on the board in the eight off of Devon Fisher who had his difficulty putting the game away for the Spinners, 9-3 Lowell.
The Spinners got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Once again the top three hitters in the Spinners lineup figured in the scoring with Netzer doubling home Osinski who walked to begin the eighth. For Netzer, it was his third ribbie of the contest.
The Spinners were three outs away from what would be their easiest win of the year to date. Ah, not so fast. In the ninth, the Cyclones batted around scoring four runs on four hits and two hit bats men. This was not what the Lowell coaching staff wanted to see. What Fisher could not finish (1.1 IP, 4H, 4R, 1W, 1K, 2HBP), Dominic LoBrutto did by getting a strikeout and a ground out to second sandwiched around a walk to pick up a save that a few innings earlier you did not think was necessary. Final score 10-7 Spinners.
The Spinners head out on the road for a brief three game road trip to Connecticut to face the Tigers, before returning home later next week.