FISHKILL, NY - It's true what they say: all good things must come to an end. For the Lowell Spinners, their greatest season in franchise history is officially over after getting swept by the Hudson Valley Renegades.
Lowell struck first in the top of the second when outfielder Ryan Scott blasted a solo home run to put the Spinners on top. Scott finished second on the team in RBI this year with 33.
Starting pitcher and first-round draft pick Jason Groome looked good in just his second start for the Spinners. In 3.1 innings of work, Groome struck out three, walked a pair, and gave up only two hits. One of those hits came on a Garrett Whitley solo home run in the fourth to tie the game.
The Spinners took back the lead in the top of the sixth. With runners on first and second, Carlos Tovar ripped a double to right to bring home Scott. Later in the inning, a wild pitch brought home Jerry Downs from third to give the Spinners a two-run lead.
Hudson Valley erased the lead in to bottom of the sixth with four runs of their own. Reliever Kyle Hart, making his Spinners debut after a recent promotion from the Gulf Coast League, was tagged for four earned runs on three hits and a walk in 2.1 innings of work.
The lead would be too much for the Spinners to overcome. After Chris Madera and CJ Chatham had a pair of two-out singles in the ninth, Tyler Hill flied out to center to complete the sweep for Hudson Valley.
The loss draws an end to a historic season in Lowell. For just the third time since the team's inception in 1996, the Spinners won the Stedler Division and set a franchise-record for wins in a season with 47. Among the season's many accomplishments, Tyler Hill won a New York-Penn League batting title with a .332 average, Hill and Bobby Dalbec became the first players in team history to win NYPL Player of the Month, and the team tied a franchise record for most wins at home in a single season (25).