From time to time at LeLacheur Park, the Lowell Spinners have had a movie night for different groups at the ballpark. On Monday night, a different kind of “movie night” was taking place. For five innings it was the “silent kind” as the Spinners offense could do nothing against Hudson Valley pitching. The good news for Lowell was, neither did the Renegades vs Spinners hurlers. A good old fashion pitching duel was in the offering. In the end, the Spinners snapped a two-game slide with a 6-2 victory.
The duel began with both starting pitchers, Chris Murphy for Lowell (32-25), and Daiveyon Whittle of Hudson Valley (34-22). Although it did not start that way for Lowell. K.V. Edwards led off with a double to begin the game. He advanced to third when the ball was misplayed by Spinners center fielder Gilberto Jimenez. Edwards scored on a ground out by Garrett Hiott to make it 1-0 Hudson Valley. That would be all Murphy would allow as he went four innings of 2 H 1 unearned run baseball. His counterpart, Whittle, was also good but just not as long going 2.1 IP, of 1 H, no run pitching.
It was the middle innings where the movie starting to add some noise to it. The bottom of the fifth is where the Spinners bats came alive against Hudson Valley relief pitcher John Doxakis. With one down, number nine hitter Luke Bandy singled to left. He moved to third on a Jimenez double to right. They would both score to put Lowell up 2-1 on a single to left by Cameron Cannon.
After a scoreless inning by Cody Scroggins, the Renegades tied the game in sixth on the third HR and second of the series by Edwards to tie the game at 2-2. The home run was served up by Miquel Suero. The Spinners retook the lead in the bottom of that inning with Chris Gau on the mound for Hudson Valley. Nick Northcut, who had struggled with the bat, tripled off the base of the right-field wall. He crossed home plate on the third home run of the season by Spinners catcher Jaxx Groshans off the scoreboard in left. It was 4-2 Spinners.
Lowell tacked on two more runs in the eighth. After loading the bases, the Spinners got two-out RBI hits from Bandy and Jimenez off of Gau to make it 6-2 Lowell.
The story of this game was the pitching and hitting from Lowell. The three pitchers, Murphy, Scroggins. and Suero. Afterward, manager Luke Montz said: “Murphy had a great outing and attacked the zone all night.” He praised his other two hurlers as well. He also loved the timely hits his team got, especially the extra-base hits. Those thoughts on Murphy were echoed by catcher Groshans who said: “Murphy was stellar dotting his pitches.” On his home run, the Spinners backstop said it was a fastball that was up, He was looking to drive the ball into the outfield to drive home a run. Cameron Cannon talked about the “light easy going clubhouse” he is in. He also mentioned that things have not been “too tight despite the recent struggle of the team.” Both players talked about “how we are a family and we win as a team and lose as one.”
Suero got the win with four innings of five-hit, one earned run baseball. He is now 2-3. Gau took the loss giving up four runs on six hits and is now 3-5.
The Spinners will try to even the series when they play the final game of series and homestand at 7 pm on Tuesday night.