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Lowell takes middle game of series 3-1 over Connecticut
Good pitching can hide a lot of things like lack of offense and bad defense just to name a couple of things. Monday night in Lowell, good pitching added to a dominating night by the Spinners. A 16-strikeout gem, backed up by some timely hitting from the lineup helped the Lowell Spinners to a 3-1 victory to even the series with Connecticut Tigers.
After the game, Manager Cory Wimberly stated the obvious when he said, “that his guys threw the ball well”. Lowell used four hurlers on this night and all of them did there job. They threw strikes, got ahead of hitters, and allowed the defense to make plays behind them. Not that there were many plays to make when you punch out 16 hitters. The Spinners only scored three runs on the night, so every strikeout was needed to win this one.
This game also marked the return of third baseman, Michael Chavis who was returning to active duty after being suspended 80 games for a PED violation. Chavis played the entire game at third base and went 0-3 with a walk. He had only one fielding chance, which he handled flawnessly.
As was the case on Sunday night, the Tigers struck first facing Spinners starter, Eduard Bazardo. The Tigers broke through in the very first inning. Catcher Sam McMilliam was hit by a pitch, he stole second (3rd of the year), and scored the game’s first run on a base hit by Dayton Dugas. 1-0 Connecticut.
The Spinners tied, then took the lead on the strength of a two run second inning against Tiger starter Adam Wolf. A base on balls to Devlin Granberg, who also stole second base, (his fourth of the season), started things. He would score the tying run on a double to the left-center field gap by Tyler Deaden, the first of two doubles on the night. His manager after the game said, he likes where Deaden is at.
Lowell took the lead for good two batters later when Dylan Hardy hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Deaden. 2-1 Spinners after two innings.
The third Lowell run came about in the fourth on back to back doubles by Deaden and Xavier LeGrant. That made the score 3-1 Lowell.
The story of this game was the pitching of the home team. The foursome of Bazardo, Oddianier Mosquedo, Durbin Feltman, and Andrew Politi were lights out. Along with the strikeouts, they issued only one base on balls and five hits. Bazardo gets the win going five giving up three hits, one run, zero walks, and eight strikeouts. His record now stands at 2-0. Politi picked up his first save on the season with a ninth inning of work.
Wolf takes the loss for the Tigers and his record falls to 0-1. Lowell is now 8-9 and Connecticut alls to 6-11.
Game three is set for Tuesday night’s start time of 6:30 pm.
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