Losing five out of six recently to the Vermont Lake Monsters has put a playoff run in serious jeopardy. The Lowell Spinners are still fighting to get better as a team and as players. Manager Suarez said after the last home series that he and the coaches are not giving up on them and will continue to work with them.
Congrats go out to Reliever Lukas Young, who before the last home stand was promoted to the Greenville Drive to help them in their playoff run.
In his place undrafted free agent left-hander, Brendan Nail was assigned to the Spinners. Nail is an interesting story finishing up his summer ball season in the Cape Cod League. He was playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and was named a league All-Star.
Nail pitched for Western Carolina for three years and his numbers during his time there are not great. In 2017 he went 6-8, 6.87 ERA, 105 hits giving up in 87.2 innings pitched. He did strike out 100 batters in those innings. In college he was a starter, with the Spinners he will be used out of the bullpen.
Brendan made his debut for Lowell this past Thursday night, throwing two scoreless frames giving up three hits and striking out three batters. He showed a live fastball and good curveball during that outing. Manager Iggy Suarez said Nail will get some innings down the stretch.
Another relief pitcher who is having an outstanding season is Denyi Reyes. Recently, he broke the franchise record for scoreless innings pitched by throwing 26.2 innings. It can be said that Reyes has been the best pitcher in the NYPL, with eight wins and an ERA of 1.54.
Since being put in the lead off spot for the Spinners, Michael Osinski has been swinging a warm bat for the team. His slash line numbers of .308/.362/.419 tell the story of the team’s most consistent hitters in the Spinners lineup.
Raiwinson Lameda is also starting to square up pitches more often and it’s starting to show. Lameda has a hit in six of his last seven games and has driven in eight runs during that span. The streak has boosted his average over the .230 mark.
Yoan Aybar has picked it up at the plate as well. A seven game hit streak and hitting over .300 for the month of August. Aybar really likes the home cooking that LeLachuer Park gives him. He is batting .310 at home with five triples. Those triples have him tied for second in that department in the league.