Game two of the mid-week series between Lowell Spinners and Brooklyn Cyclones took place at LeLacheur on Wednesday night. Brooklyn used this game to give a rehab start to Corey Oswalt who made his way down to Lowell from Triple-A Syracuse. For the Spinners, Yusniel Padron-Artilles toed the rubber. Both starting pitchers would have a tough act to follow after Tuesday night’s game where no walks were issued by either pitching staff.
The Spinners (4-2), wasted no time getting to Oswalt. Ricardo Cubillan led off the bottom of the first with single to left field. One out later, on a well-timed hit and run base hit by Luke Bandy to right, Cubillan advanced to third. He would score on a broken-bat infield single from Wil Dalton. The hit and RBI were his first as a Spinners and it was 1-0 Lowell after one. On his first pro hit, Dalton said: they all count”. He was also happy to get the rust off his game since he had not played since the NCAA’s for Florida. Brooklyn (4-3), matched the Spinners run and then added to it. Back to back doubles with two outs by Yoel Romero and Guillermo Granadillo plated Romero to tie the game at one. Brooklyn would take the lead at 2-1 on a run-scoring base hit by Jose Mena to left with Granadillo crossing the plate.
Oswalt’s rehab start came to an end in the second inning. A walk to Antoni Flores was followed by a hit baseman to Gilberto Jimenez. It set the Spinners up with a none out threat. Oswalt would strike out his final hitter of the night, Kervin Suarez, before leaving the game. His replacement, Daison Acosta, was able to get out of the mini-jam by retiring the next two Lowell hitters.
As the game entered the middle innings, Brooklyn maintained their one-run lead. The Spinners would change that in the bottom of the fifth. Walks to the first two batters of the frame, Cubillan, and Marrero, got things going. They would move up a base on a sac bunt by Bandy. With Dalton at the plate, a wild pitch from Acosta scored Cubillan from third and tied the game at two.
Lowell went to their bullpen, after six strong innings from Pardon-Artilles (6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB). Hildermaro Requena took over in the seventh. Brooklyn also went back to their pen and brought on Mitch Ragan to pitch the bottom of the inning. Ragan got himself in trouble as Suarez ripped a triple to right field and scored on a fielding error by Cyclones second baseman Ritter. That made the score 3-2 Spinners and they would add to their lead as Cubillan move up to second on a wild pitch, then stole third base (his second steal of the year). He would score on a RBI ground out to second by Bandy and it was 4-2 Lowell after seventh.
After two perfect innings from Requena, manager Luke Montz went back to his pen and brought on Kris Jackson to pitch the ninth and he finished the ball game. Jackson did his job getting the three hitters he faced to grab his first save of the season. Ragan took the loss (0-1) Requena got the win (1-0). Afterward, Montz praised his pitcher for throwing strikes once again with his starter, Pardon-Artillies, being a tone-setter for his second straight start. He also gave a thumbs up to his defense as they did what the manager has been talking about since the season got started, “they took care of the baseball”.
The Spinners go for the series win on Thursday night, with a first pitch set for 7 PM.
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