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Spinners Make it Two in a Row Over Auburn, 5-3

Before a sold out crown at LeLacheur Park on Harry Potter night, the Lowell Spinners made it two in a row vs. the Auburn Doubledays 5-3.  The team’s timely hitting and terrific relief pitching from Denyi Reves posting 6.2 shoutout innings to tying a team record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 23.

The game did not get off to a great beginning for the Spinners, Tanner Houck made the start and struggled through his one inning, throwing 36 pitches and giving up two runs. His inability to throw strikes one got him in trouble and kept him there.

The trouble began after one man was out, a single by Auburn’s Carter Kieboom was followed by back-to-back walks to the next two hitters. An infield hit to deep short by Kameron Earhart scored Kieboom, letting the second run cross the plate on a fielder choice out by Jake Scudder 2-0 Doubledays before the Spinners came to bat.

Lowell would tie the game in the second on a rare sight. After Juan Barriento singled to center field off Auburn starter Nick Raquet, Raiwinson Lameda hit a two-run homer to right off of Raquet. For Lameda, it was his second of the season and for the team it was just their 12th. 2-2 after two.

The Spinners took the lead and never looked back in the very next frame. Frankie Rios reached first base on a fielding error by Doubledays second baseman, Branden Boggetto. A Garrett Benge single to right advanced Rios to third. He would score on a base hit to center off the bat of Marino Campana that extended his hitting streak to 15 games. 3-2 Lowell after three.

From there it was all about Reyes pitching. The All-Star went 6.2 innings faced 23 batters and retired 20 of them — easily one of the best displays of the year. Spinners Manager, Iggy Suarez, said afterwards his side sessions are starting to pay off, he is becoming consists and confident.

Lowell tacked on runs to post the victory. In the fifth, Michael Osinski smacked in a double inside the chalk in right as one of his two hits on the night. A Rios single moved him to third, after Rios was caught trying to steal second, Benge came through with a triple to right center scoring Osinski 4-2 Spinners.

It became 5-2 on a Sac Fly by Rios in the seventh that plated Steven Reveles who started the inning with a bunt single.

The extra runs came in handy as Reyes would hand the ball to Spinners closer, Dominic LoBrutto, in the eighth. LoBrutto would get through the eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth. He walked the first two batters he faced. He made matters worse by wild-pitching them to second and third. After getting Armond Upshaw to strike out swinging, Nic Perkins would ground out to SS to score Esthay to bring Auburn within two at 5-3. LoBrutto then ended the game by getting Jonathan Pryor to ground out to second base and the Spinners had themselves a 5-3 win.

Suarez was also happy with his offense on Saturday night, “They came through with some timely hits that supported his bullpen when they needed it.” He also praised his three All-Stars for showing why they have been selected to go to Troy NY to play in the NYPL All – Star game.

For Reyes, the win was his sixth against no losses. The save for LoBrutto was his fourth in four tries.

Lowell goes for the sweep and gains some momentum heading into the break against Auburn on Sunday with first pitch at 5:30 PM.

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