LOWELL, MA - Two rain delays wasn't enough the stop the thunder of the Spinners (2-2) offense in the home opener at LeLacheur Park Monday night.
The game started with an hour-long delay but Hunter Haworth was unfazed as we went on to strike out six batters in five innings of work. He walked a trio and even came back out after a second 33-minute delay.
With the Spinners trailing the Yankees 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Xavier LeGrant kicked off the inning with a walk and Tyler Esplin hit the first Spinners home run of the season to put Lowell on top 2-1.
Staten Island tied the game in the second inning but Lowell quickly regained the lead after Cole Brannen stole second base but managed to score on a throwing error give the Spinners a one-run lead.
Oddanier Mosqueda was solid in his second outing of the season, striking out four in only two innings of work, but surrendered the game-tying run to make it a 3-3 game in the sixth.
LeGrant and Esplin got a late really started to lead off the bottom of the eighth but it was shortstop Andre Colon who brought home the go-ahead and an insurance run to make it 5-3 on a double.
Alberto Franco picked up his first win of the season with two perfect innings of relief to lock down the Opening Night victory.
The Yankees return for the second game of the series with Alexander Montero scheduled to make the start for the Spinners. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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