LOWELL, MA - Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Lowell Spinners, proud affiliate of the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox, trailed 4-2 to the State College Spikes, affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Spinners (30-18) loaded the bases up for Alex Erro , who entered the game as a pinch-hitter. Erro worked the count to 2-2, but wound up flying out to left-center field as his guys fell to the Spikes (25-24) 4-2 in the series finale at LeLacheur Park.
Contrary to the first two games of the series, it was State College that got on the board first in the very first inning - tallying two in the first inning on a two-run home run by Martin Figueroa (his fourth of the season), scoring Terry Fuller and putting the Spikes ahead 2-0.
In the top of the third inning, State College continued to pour it on with a two-run single, also off the bat of Figueroa.
After being no-hit for the first five innings, Lowell collected their first hit with two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Stephen Scott doubled off the right field wall and scored three pitches later when Joe Davis blooped a single to shallow left field, making 4-1 Spikes.
The Spinners followed with another run in the bottom of the seventh when Ricardo Cubillan walked and scored two pitches later when Antoni Flores tripled to deep right-center field.
Flores was nearly cut down stretching it to third, but the ball hit him on the way in and ricocheted in the direction of left field.
Ryan Zeferjahn got the start on the hill for Lowell, but he was tagged with the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season, after allowing the two runs in one inning of work. He also collected two strikeouts.
Kelvin Sanchez followed with six strong innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three and walking three.
While the Spinners didn't collect their first hit until the sixth inning, they did have their first baserunner in the second inning when Nick Northcut struck out. He did reach, however, on a dropped third-strike wild-pitch.
In the bottom of the ninth, Gilberto Jimenez was held without a hit, but was able to collect a hit on an infield single to shortstop - extending his hitting streak
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