LOWELL, MA - The force was not with the Spinners (9-13) as Lowell kicked off a three-game home stand with a 3-1 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades (14-8) in front of a sellout crowd on Star Wars Night.
Lowell struck first in the bottom of the second when catcher Kole Cottam blasted his second home run of the season to right-center field to put the Spinners on top 1-0. Unfortunately that's about all the help the offense would get.
Starting pitcher Eduard Bazardo delivered a quality start but surprisingly did not strike out any batters. In six innings of work he allowed only four hits, no walks, and an earned run. Coming in to the evening, he had ranked third in the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 31.
Most eyes in this one were focused on the debut of three-time MLB All-Star Brandon Phillips, who signed with the Red Sox in June and made his 2018 debut tonight with Lowell. In five plate appearances, Phillips had a pair of singles and a strikeout while playing as the designated hitter.
Andrew Politi was dealt the loss tonight. In 2.1 innings, he surrendered a pair of earned runs in the top of the eighth to put the Renegades on top 3-1, enough to clinch the victory.
With the loss, Lowell has now dropped a season-high three straight games with Brian Brown on the mound Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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