LOWELL, MA - For the first time since 2016, the Spinners (3-2) are playing above .500 baseball after their third consecutive victory.
Lowell hopped out to an early lead over the Staten Island Yankees (1-4) after Andre Colon tripled to right to put a man in scoring position for fourth-round draft pick Kole Cottam. A groundout would be enough for Cottam's first professional RBI and to put the Spinners up 1-0.
Starting pitcher Alexander Montero was excellent in his 2018 first professional appearance on American soil. In five innings of work, he struck out seven, walked none, allowed a trio of hits, and an earned run.
The Spinners headed into the eighth inning tied for the second night in a row and they once again they prevailed. Dylan Hardy, making his professional debut, led off the inning with a single and stole second to put himself in scoring position. After Colon moved him over to third on a grounder, Cottam brought home the go-ahead run on a sac-fly.
Taylor Ahearn, making his first appearance for the Spinners after beginning the season in Greenville, held down the Yankees and picked up the win. In four innings of relief, he struck out a pair, walked, three, but did not allow any runs.
With the 2-1 victory, Lowell closes out the series tomorrow night with a chance to sweep the Yankees before taking off for a six-game road trip. Eduard Bazardo, who struck out 10 in his first outing the season, takes the hill Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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