On Thursday night, the Lowell Spinners were attempting to register back to back sweeps of series as they played host to the Tri-City Valley Cats. Making his third start of the season, Lowell turned to Yusniel Pardon-Artilles. The Valley Cats countered with Angel Macuare (0-2), who was making his third appearance of the season and his second start for Tri-City. Early in the ballgame, the Spinners were flashing some leather. Nick Decker, heading into foul ground, made a nice catch up against the wall of a Luis Santana foul fly to end the second inning.
As has been the case during this six-game winning streak, the Spinners (10-2), jumped on Tri-City’s starter for a crooked number in their half of the second. Marino Campana got it started with a single to center field. Joe Davi, made his first professional hit count as he rocked a double into the gap in left-center field moving Campana to third. After a Nick Decker strikeout, Xavier Legrant singled to left scoring Campana. Two batters later, Kervin Suarez delivered Davis with a single to right making it 2-0 Lowell.
They were not done as Gilberto Jimenez drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home the third run of the inning. The crushing blow came off the bat of Elih Marrero who cleared the bases with a double to the gap in right center. Lowell batted around and put up a six-spot on five hits.
Pardon-Artilles (2-0), was on cruise control through four innings allowing only one hit and getting twelve outs while facing thirteen hitters. He did make one mistake in the fifth. It was a fastball down the middle that Nate Perry crushed over the wall in right for his second home run of the season. Halfway through the game, Lowell was up 6-1. Pardon-Artillies exited after six innings (1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 SO, 6 were looking). It was his third straight start of at least six innings this year.
The Spinners added another run in the seventh off the third Valley Cats (4-8) pitcher of the night, Valente Beilozzo. Then, there was a walk to Antoni Flores, who then moved up to second on a wild pitch. He was then was driven in by a single to center by Alex Erro and it was 7-1 Lowell after seven innings of play. The Valley Cats did add a couple of runs to their total off of the third Lowell pitcher of the night Jose Larez in the eighth. Back to back doubles by Wilyer Abreu and AJ Lee saw Abreu crossing the plate. Lee scored on a fielding error by Erro at third base on a ground ball off the bat of Preston Pavlica. 7-3 Spinners thought eight.
Larez took care of things in the ninth and the Spinners won there seventh in a row, 7-3, over the Tri-City Valley Cats. After the game, Spinners catcher Elih Marrero talked about the success of the pitching staff. He said “they are prepared, worked hard, and going out there with a good game plan”. He also said, “this is a great group of guys”. Manager Luke Montz’ commented, “it’s good when things are happening on both side of the ball”. About his starter Pardon- Artilles he added, “he keeps you off balance”.
The Spinners will try to keep this going on the road as they head to Brooklyn for the weekend.
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