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Spinners Have Strong Night vs. the Doubledays, 4-3

After all the craziness of the night before, this can be said about the Lowell Spinners — they came to play the next night.

Yoan Aybar, one of three Spinners heading to Troy, NY for the NYPL all-start game next week, came through when his team needed him. With the score tied, 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth, he legged out an infield hit that scored Frankie Rios from third to give the Spinners a hard-fought 4-3 win at LeLachuer Park on Fireworks Friday.

His Manager, Iggy Suarez, called Aybar’s hit a big-time come-through and a pick me up that the team really needed it against the Auburn Doubledays.

Aybar’s base hit was not the only big moment of the evening. Enmanuel De Jesus got the start for Lowell and found himself in trouble right away. In the top of the first, Auburn struck with a single by Branden Boggetto that was followed by a double off the right field chalk line by Carter Kieboom. This had the Doubledays in business with runners at second and third with no one out.

The third batter of the game gave Auburn a 1-0 lead. Matt Skole’s single into the hole between short and third to left field scored Boggetto to grab the early run.

What could have been an ugly inning for the Spinners ended up not so bad as De Jesus was able to limit  the damage by getting the next two hitters on a strikeout and double play ball.

Lowell bats responded in the bottom of the first against Auburn starter Will Crowe. Michael Osinski got it rolling with a walk, part of a two of three plate performance. That was followed by a Rios single, with runners at first and second who moved up on a throwing error by Auburn Catcher, Jeyner Baez.

With runners in scoring position, the hottest hitter in the Spinners lineup was given the chance to deliver. Marino Campana rifled a double to the left center cap. It scored both runners to give the home team a 2-1 lead. The hit extended Campana’s hit streak to 14 games. It was also part of a two hit night for the Spinners DH.

The Spinners  struck again in the third, with the top of the lineup doing it again. Osinski double to left, after Crowe got Rios to pop out to second, Campana did it one more time smacking another double delivering the Spinners to a 3-1 advantage.

Auburn cut  into the lead in the fourth when Chance Sheppard took De Jesus deep down the left field line for his fifth homer of the year. The bomb traveled 422 feet and came off the bat at 107 mph.

In the fifth inning, the Doubledays got a gift that would tie the game, 3-3.

But then came the winning rally by the Spinners in the eight off relief pitcher Jared Johnson. Rios got it going with a hustler double to right down the line. After Campana flew out to center, Juan Barriento  ( 2 hits on the night) single to left with Rios stopping at third. With base runners at the corners and Aybar at the plate, he chopped one to second base, Boggetto got to the ball, but Aybar running hard down the line beat the throw to the first base bag. The call was safe and Rios scored the go ahead run 4-3 Spinners.

Third Lowell pitcher of the night Lukas Young pitch the final two frames to get the win (1-1), he would get into a bit of a jam in the ninth, a hit, fielder choice and a walk had Auburn runners at first and second with two down.

Boggetto had a chance to possible be the Auburn hero on this night. But Young reared back and struck him out to end the ballgame and give the Spinners the victory 4-3.

In his post game comments, Suarez talk about how his team rally  on Friday night, he said it a step in the right direction, and he didn’t expect any less from them.

He was very happy with how his team bounce back from the silliness of the night before. Saying it shows a lot of these kids.

He credited De Jesus with not letting the game get away from him in that first. It could have been an ugly inning, but Suarez said that De Jesus is a veteran who took a step back calm himself down and made a pitch that got him a double play to get out of that mess.

Losing pitcher was Johnson now 0-1, game two of this series is schedule for Saturday, 8/12 starting at 5:30.

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