For the second night in a row, the Lowell Spinners put together a big inning. It helped back up a good defense and solid pitching. The result was a 9-2 victory over the Tri-City Valley Cats. With the win, the Spinners moved to within a game in the loss column of first place in the Stedler Division.
On Saturday night, Lowell broke open a tie game with a seven-run eighth inning as they batted around collecting six hits. Manager Corey Wimberly pointed to “the timely hitting his lineup did in the eighth inning” as a key.
What also can not be overlooked is the pitching performance by Lowell’s five hurlers. It began with starter Chris Machamer who went the first four innings giving up three hits and one earned run. His bullpen mates took care of the rest as four pitchers combined to throw five innings of four-hit, one run ball.
The defense chip in as well, playing error-free baseball and cutting down a runner at the plate in the fifth inning. All of this while the Spinners were holding on to a one-run lead.
The Valley Cats struck first in the second inning. As center fielder, Logan Mattix took Machamer deep to left field to give his team a 1-0 lead. The home run was his first of the season.
The Spinners took their first lead of the night in the fourth. Devlin Grandberg smacked his fourth long ball of the year to right field. The blast came off of Valley Cats relief pitcher Jose Rivera. Lowell would add another run, on an rbi base hit by Alberto Schmidt that scored Lane Mulligan, who had earlier walked. 2-1 Lowell after four.
Tri-City tied the game in the six inning against Francisco Lopes-Soto out of Lowell bullpen. He would give up back to back hits. Carlos Machado (3-for-3 night) led things off with a single to left field. He would advance to third on a double to left field, by Austin Dennis. The Spinners made a pitching change, and out was Soto, in was Danny Bethea.
Bethea would get the first man he faced on a strikeout. However, first baseman Nate Perry would delivered a sac-fly to center field scoring Machado and tied the game at 2-2 through six.
The Spinners put this one away in the eighth as ten men came to the plate. Seven of them scored and there were six hits in the inning. Most of the damage was done against Jacob Billingsley who gave up five of the hits and was charged with six of the runs. Key base hits were garnered by Grant Williams, a two run single to right field, part of a two hit night for him. Also. Grandberg who also produced a two run hit on his way to a three-for-five night with a HR and three rbi.
Kris Jackson came out of the Spinners bullpen to benefit from the run support going the last two innings and picking up his first win of the year (1-1). Billingsley took the loss and he is now 0-1.
The Spinners (31-27), will go for the sweep of the series with the Valley Cats (33-26) on Sunday with first pitch set for 5:30 pm.
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