LOWELL, MA -- The Auburn Doubledays, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Lowell Spinners, Short Season Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, 4-3 on Friday night. It was the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Auburn (19-30) struck first in the top of the first inning. Three straight hits to start the game produced the run; Branden Boggetto lined a single into left field, Carter Kieboom followed with an opposite field double to right, and Skole drove home Bogggetto on a seeing-eye, groundball single into left field. The Doubledays have scored the first run in six straight games.
Lowell (23-26) promptly scored two runs in the bottom of the first to grab the lead back. Michael Osinski walked and Frankie Rios singled to put two on base with no one out, and a throwing error by Jeyner Baez brought home Osinski and moved Rios to third. Marino Campana, the very next batter, singled to drive in Rios and give the Spinners the 2-1 lead.
Lowell added to the lead with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Doubles in the frame from Osinski and Campana combined to bring the run home. Marino Campana finished the game 2-4 with 2 RBI. Yet, Auburn would come back quickly to tie the game. A solo home run from Chance Shepard in the top of the fourth cut the deficit in half to 3-2, and an RBI single from Carter Kieboom in the top of the fifth re-tied the game at 3. Kieboom ended the evening 2-3 with an RBI and a walk.
The game remained tied at three until the bottom of the eighth inning. Frankie Rios led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Juan Barriento's one out single into short centerfield. Yoan Aybar, the next batter, chopped an infield single to second baseman to drive home Rios and produce the eventual winning run. Auburn forced an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and one out to escape further trouble, but Branden Boggetto struck out with a runner on first and two down in top of the ninth inning to end the game.
Lukas Young earned the victory, pitching two scoreless innings to end the game. Jared Johnson took the loss; he surrendered the run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Auburn can even the series tomorrow afternoon at 5:35. Nick Raquet (Washington's third round pick this year) starts for the Doubledays, while the Spinners counter with Tanner Houck (Boston's first round pick this year).
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