LOWELL, MA - It was all smiles in front of a packed crowd at LeLacheur Park as the Spinners (7-8) picked up a well-earned series victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds (7-8).
Hunter Haworth continued a series of solid starts from the Spinners rotation. In six innings of work, he struck out six, walked a pair, allowed a pair of base hits, and an earned run. It was a nice bounce-back start for Haworth who struggled in his last outing.
After a walk and a stolen base from Tyler Esplin, right fielder Tyler Dearden doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the second.
Tied up in the third, Jonathan Ortega kicked off the inning with a leadoff single. Fourth round pick Kole Cottam drove Ortega in from second with an RBI single to put Lowell up 3-1.
Dearden drew a walk to start off the fifth inning. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Ortega continued his big night with a single to bring in the go-ahead run. Following another single from Jarren Duran, Ortega came in to score his second run of the night to put the Spinners up 4-1.
The bullpen struggled to hold the lead late in the game as Aberdeen stormed back with three runs in the top of the eighth. Francisco Lopez-Soto surrendered a pair of earned runs in an inning of work and Tanner Raiburn was charged with an unearned run that tied the game.
Speed and power would win the game for the Spinners in the bottom of the eighth. Jarren Duran tripled to spark a late Spinners rally. Cole Brannen followed up with a triple of his own to bring in the go-ahead run. Kole Cottam brought in his second run of the night with a sacrifice fly to right, clinching a 6-4 victory for Lowell.
The division rival Connecticut Tigers come to town on Sunday to kick off a three-game series leading up to the Fourth. Alexander Montero takes the ball tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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