TROY, NY - Kicking off a six-game road trip against division-rival Tri-City (4-3), the Spinners (3-4) hoped to build on the momentum coming off their first home stand of the season. Unfortunately, the ValleyCats were too much to handle.
Lowell got things started in the first after Xavier LeGrant smoked a two-out double. Third baseman Garret Benge continued his hot start and drove in LeGrant on an RBI single, his team-leading fifth RBI of the young season.
Left hander Brian Brown, making his professional debut, got the start but Tri-City jumped out to a big third inning to shorten his day. In 2.2 innings of work, Brown allowed five runs, though only one was earned. Juan Perez came in to relieve him but did not have much better luck on the day. After the eight-run third inning was over, Perez allowed four earned runs on six hits in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen.
The Spinners struck back in the top of the seventh to cut into the lead. With two outs, Trey Ganns reached on an error and Alberto Schmidt singled before 19th round draft pick Jonathan Ortega ripped a two-run single to make it 9-3.
Tanner Raiburn and Oddanier Mosqueda stopped the bleeding with three combined innings of shutout relief while striking out four though it would not be enough for the Spinners.
Having dropped two in a row, the Spinners return to Troy Friday night looking to right the ship with left-hander Yorvin Pantoja on the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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