Spinners give one away, lose 5-2 to Hudson Valley
Thursday night marked the beginning of the second half of the NYPL season. For the Lowell Spinners, (21-18) last night’s result hopefully is not a sign of what is to come. Hudson Valley (25-13), took advantage of some shaky bullpen work by the Spinners by scoring four runs in the ninth to turn a one-run deficit into a three-run win. Final score from Lowell, Renegades 5 Spinners 2.
Wednesday night was a slugfest between the two teams and Thursday night started out as a pitching duel. Both starters, Nick Padilla (6IP,2H,1ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) of Hudson Valley, and Thaddeus Ward (4IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 2SO) of Lowell were sharp in their outings. Each hurler would give up only one run, with Ward being of the unearned variety.
A tie game at 1-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Renegades went to their pen and brought on Jack Labosky to pitch. He would give up three straight hits, to put the Spinners ahead 2-1. It started with a single to right field by Devlin Granberg. That was followed by another single by Alan Marrero. Kole Cottam would double to right field scoring Granberg to give the Spinners the lead. Lowell could have added on to their lead with runners at second and third and no one out. But, the next two hitters Tyler Dearden and Xavier LeGrant, both had impatient at-bats. Dearden struck out swinging and LeGrant hit a first-pitch pop out to the pitcher. Afterward, manager Corey Wimberly said those two at-bats, “need better pitches to hit, though we chased out of the zone”. Lowell had the lead, but it should have been bigger.
It came back to haunt the home team in the ninth. With Oddianier Mosquedo on for his second inning of relief. After getting the first out of the inning, Mosquedo worked himself into trouble by allowing two walks sandwiched around a base hit to right field.
With the bases loaded and one out, Wimberly made another call to the bullpen bringing in Andrew Politi to try and get out of the jam. Instead, he did the opposite as all three inherited runners would score. A bases-loaded walk to the number nine hitter, Garrett Giovannelli tied the game at 2-2. Politi induced Michael Smith to strike out, but the ball got away from catcher Marrero for a strikeout passed ball. Hudson Valley now had the lead at 3-2.
Tyler Frank, who had been a problem all series for the Spinners, put the final dagger into this one. He ripped a double to the right-center field gap that would score two more runs. A four-run ninth gave Hudson Valley a 5-2 advantage that would become the final score. Labosky finished off the game to get his third win against one loss. Mosquedo took the loss and he is now 2-1.
The Spinners will try to rebound from this one on Friday night when they begin a three-game series versus State College Spikes. First pitch is set for 6:30 pm.