On Saturday afternoon, the Lowell Spinners (31-23) were looking for a spark. Seven game losing streaks can do that to you as they prepared to take on the Vermont Lake Monsters (25-30) in the final game of their three-game series. Spinners manager Luke Montz, turned to a player that was making his home debut. It was RHP and fourth-round draft pick out of Navy, Noah Song. He was given the baseball in hopes of turning things around. Song did his part with three innings of two-hit shutout baseball, and the bats did their jobs. Lowell snapped the seven-game losing streak with a 10 -3 win over Vermont.
Lowell’s offense got started right away in the first off Lake Monsters starter Seth Shuman. The first two Spinners reached base on a walk to Gilberto Jimenez and a single by Cameron Cannon. They would both score in front of a 377-foot HR off the bat of Stephen Scott. The blast over the wall in right was his first in pro ball and gives him 27 runs batted in. That made it 3-0 Spinners.
They would add to their lead in the fourth. A triple by Nick Decker, his third of the year, was followed by a single up the middle from Anton Flores to make it 4-0 Lowell. Shuman was done for the night after giving up four runs on five hits. It became 5-0 Spinners on back to back doubles by Jimenez and Cannon against Vermont relief pitcher Richard Morban. His night was not much better than his pitching mate as his line was 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER.
Vermont did get on the scoreboard on the strength of four consecutive hits and a sac fly to plate two runs vs Spinners bullpen pitcher Yusniel Padron-Artilles(4 IP, 7 H. 2 ER, 2 SO). It would make the score 5-2 Lowell in the sixth. The Spinners broke the game open in the bottom of the inning with three more runs on two hits and the help of a Lake Monsters error to make it 8 -2 after six.
Lowell kept the bats hot in the seventh with two more runs. Scott’s double was part of a two-hit four-RBI night for him and drove home Jaxx Groshans all the way from first base. It was 9-2 Lowell. Scott put the Spinners into double figures when he crossed home plate on a Nick Decker base hit to left. Decker had a fine night with a two-hit, one RBI, and one run scored effort.
Vermont’s final run of the night came off the bat of first baseman Kyle McCann. A 419-foot blast to right field off of the third Spinners pitcher of the night Dylan Spacke. The bomb happened in the eighth and made the final score Lowell 10 Vermont 3. Padron-Artilles got the win and he is now 7-1. The loser was Shuman who is now 0-3.
It will be a quick night of rest for the Spinners as they are right back at the ballpark on Sunday for a doubleheader with Hudson Valley.
First pitch will be at 4 pm.