NORWICH, CT - After dropping a close one on Opening Night to the Tigers (2-0), the Spinners (0-2) hoped to get off to a hot start in the second game of the season. Unfortunately, that would not be the case.
Lowell stumbled out of the gate early after allowing seven runs over the first two innings. Starting pitcher Juan Perez went 2.2 innings while giving up five hits, three walks, and four earned runs. Three early errors from the defense also led to three unearned runs.
The Spinners offense would respond after Devlin Granberg led off the top of the fifth with a walk. Tyler Esplin brought him home with an RBI double, his first of the season.
The offense continued to chip away at the lead in the top of the sixth after Alberto Schmidt walked and Cole Brannen singled to kick off the inning. Garrett Benge, getting the start at first base tonight after playing the hot corner all last season, ripped a two-run triple to cut the lead to four.
Left-hander Rio Gomez managed to stop the bleeding with 3.1 perfect innings of relief. He struck out three in his first appearance of the season.
Harrison Cooney, currently on a rehab assignment with the Spinners, struck out a pair in his only inning of work but surrendered an earned run in the bottom of the seventh to push the Tigers lead to five runs.
Francisco Lopez-Soto allowed a pair of earned runs in the eighth inning to extend the Tigers lead to seven runs, bringing it the eventual final, 10-3 Connecticut.
The Spinners wrap up their series in Norwich tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Yorvin Pantoja, who made 15 starts for the Spinners last year, takes the hill.
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