Spinners lose a slugfest to Hudson Valley 10-8
A rare night at LeLacheur Park and the wind was blowing out to left field all night long. Both teams took advantage with a total of 25 hits in the game, and 10 of those went for extra-bases. The Lowell Spinners connected for three home runs, but in the end, a fly ball hit down the right-field line fell between three Spinners fielders. That allowed the Renegades to score three runs to rally from down one 8-7 to leading 10-8. That play would end up being the differences in the ballgame, as Hudson Valley takes game two of this series 10-8 over the Lowell Spinners.
Lowell would grab, a 4-0 lead after two innings thanks to a couple of two-run home runs. In the first, Tyler Dearden connected off of Renegades starter Michael Mercado to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Catcher Alan Marrero crushed one over the scoreboard in left with a man aboard. The home runs were the first of the year for both players and it gave the Spinners a 4-0 advantage.
Hudson Valley would erase the deficit, and take the lead over the next two frames. Lowell starting pitcher Yorvin Pantoja, who recently had been pitching well had his struggles on Wednesday night. In the third, he would give up a two-run double to Renegades DH Erik Ostberg. After, Hudson Valley executed a double steal to put runners in scoring position. The stolen bases were part of a five-for-six night on the bases path for Hudson Valley. 4-3 Lowell after three.
In the fourth, the Renegades would chase Pantoja from the game. His line of 3.1 IP, seven hits, five runs all earned would give you an idea this was not going to be his night. Hudson Valley tied the game on a Justin Bridgman double to left field that scored Jake Stone all the way from first base, where he walked with one out to get there.
After Bridgman stole third base, he would break the tied on a wild pitch by Pantoja, 5-4 Hudson Valley. They would add a couple more runs against Lowell’s relief pitcher Kevin Biondic to take a 7-4 lead.
The Spinners, as they have done during this stretch of good baseball, came right back in the bottom of the 4th inning to tie the game at seven apiece. They would get some help from Hudson Valley’s poor defensive play. Two errors by third baseman Adrian Rondon gave the Spinners the opportunity to tie the game. Lowell would cash in by getting base hits from Marrero (two hits, three rbi) and from Jarren Duran. These hits were sandwiched around a fielder’s choice groundout by Dylan Hardy. After four action packed innings of baseball the game was knotted at 7-7.
In the fifth, Dearden whacked his second home run of the game off of Mercado (4ip, 8 hits, 8 runs, 6 earned runs) and it gave Lowell back the lead at 8-7.
In the Renegades 6th inning they would break the game open for good. Bryce Brown singled to left, part of a four hit, two doubles, two stolen base night for him. Leadoff hitter Tyler Frank was HBP, (on base four times with three walks and hit by pitch, scored four times in the game) Tanner Dodson singled to load the bases. Spinners manager Corey Wimberly made a pitching change. Out was Biondic in is Tanner Raiburn. He would get Chris Betts to strike out swinging, then get Ostberg to line out to third baseman Jonathan Ortega. With the bases still full of Renegades, up stepped Jacson McGowan. He would hit a fly ball down the right field line and three Spinners fielders went after it. RF Tyler Esplin got a glove on it but could not make the catch. It cleared the bases for Hudson Valley and gave them a 10-8 cushion.
The Renegades bullpen would shut the door on any thoughts of a Lowell comeback as the combination of Nick Sprengel, and Simon Rosenblum-Larson threw five scoreless inning given up only three hits.
Sprengel got the win (1-0 on the season), and Rosenblum-Larson got the save his fourth on the year. Biondic took the loss and he is now 1-1.
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Thursday night with first pitch is at 6:30 pm.