Spinners win makes it three in a row, 2-1 over Staten Island
Pitching and defense will go along way toward a team having a successful season. It’s only five games into the New York Penn League season, but the Lowell Spinners are showing they can do both. On Tuesday night against the Staten Island Yankees, the pitching struck out nine more hitters, and on defense, the infield turned three double plays. All part of a 2-1 victory, and an early season three-game winning streak.
Spinners pitching coach Nick Green has been given credit for putting together a staff of strike-throwers, as well as keeping everyone on the same page. Through five games, Lowell’s staff has punched out 53 batters. They have learned the value of the strike one.
Defensive. this team has shown they can catch the baseball and throw it to the right spot. The coaching staff has preached taking care of the ball and the players have been listening.
On Tuesday night, a pitching duel took place when the Yankees sent Juan De Paula to the hill. For the Spinners, Alexander Montero toed the rubber. Lowell grabbed the early lead thanks to a wind added triple to right field off the bat of Andre Colon (2-for-4 ). He would score the game’s first run on an RBI ground out by catcher Kole Cottam. 1-0 Lowell.
Montero was on his game last night retiring 13 of the first 14 hitters he faced. The only man to reach off him was Yankees catcher Ryan Lidge who single in the third. That was part of a three hit night for him. In the fifth, Montero began to lose command of his stuff after the first man was retired. Montero gave up a single to right-center field to Jesus Bastidas. Lidge got his second hit of the night, a single to right-center that advanced Bastidas to third. Danienger Perez then drove in Bastidas with a sacrifice fly to right field. The game was tied up at 1-1.
The Spinners bullpen, namely in the form of Taylor Ahean, was terrific. He would throw four scoreless innings and walk three Yankees hitters, but when the big pitch was needed he delivered.
And because he delivered, the Spinners were able to score what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. The Yankees were using their third pitcher of the ballgame. De Paula went the first four and two-thirds yielding a run on four hits. He was followed by Christian Morris who went two and thirds of two hit shutout ball. In the eighth, Chase Hodson was brought on to keep the game tied.
Dylan Hardy got things started with a single through the five-six hole into left field. With Colon at the dish, Hardy stole second on a close play at the bag. Colon ground out pitcher to first, with Hardy advancing to third. Cottam came through with a sac fly to left scoring Hardy and putting Lowell on top 2-1. Both RBI on the night for the Spinners belonged to Cottam.
Ahearn (four innings, five hits, 0 runs, three walks, two strikeouts) still had to get through the ninth. He did not get off to a good start as he walked the first two hitters he faced. With no outs and two men aboard, Yankees skipper Lino Diaz had a decision to make. Instead of opting for a bunt, a lost art in this game, Diaz let Junior Soto swing away. The decision proved costly as Soto hit into the third DP turned by the Spinners on the night. Aheam was not out of the woods with the tying run now at third base and two away. Bastidas had a chance to keep the game alive for the Yankees. But Aheam got him to strike out swinging to end the ballgame with the tying run 90 feet away from home plate.
Ahearn gets his first win of the season, Hudson takes the loss and he is now 1-1.
The Spinners will look for the sweep on Wednesday night at Lelachuer Park with first pitch at 6:35 pm.