LATE COMEBACK SINKS DOUBLEDAYS
Three-run eighth inning gives Lowell 6-4 victory
LOWELL, MA – The Spinners (11-14) picked up a key win as they kicked off a six-game road trip against the Auburn Doubledays (14-10) with their second consecutive win.
Lowell struck first in the top of the second when Tyler Esplin led off the inning with a double. After being moved over to third, Esplin came in to score when Tyler Dearden drove him in on a groundout to make it 1-0.
The offense continued in the top of the third when Jarren Duran led off the inning after being hit by a pitch. After stealing a pair of bases, three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips flew out to center to drive in the second run of the night. Devlin Granberg ripped a one-out single and came in to score on a Kole Cottam triple to put the Spinners on top by three.
Starting pitcher Taylor Ahearn impressed in his first professional start. In three innings, he allowed four hits, two walks, and a one earned run.
The Doubledays stormed back in the bottom of the seventh off of knuckleballer Kevin Biondic. In 2.1 innings pitched, he allowed a pair of walks, three runs (two earned), and five hits.
Victor Garcia threw 0.2 innings of relief with a strikeout to hold the deficit to 4-3 Auburn.
Trailing one run in the top of the eighth, Kole Cottam led off the inning with a game-tying solo home run, his team-leading third of the season. The following at-bat, Tyler Esplin doubled and advanced to third as Andre Colon reached on an error. Xavier LeGrant brought the go-ahead run home on a sac-fly with one out and Duran added an insurance run with a two-out single.
Andrew Politi picked up the save with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of work with a pair of strikeouts and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning, his second of the season.
The Spinners return to Auburn tomorrow looking for their third consecutive victory with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 and Eduard Bazardo on the mound.