Season Ends with Walk-Off Thriller

Spinners rally late to end season in style

By Lowell Spinners | September 3, 2018 5:04 PM

LOWELL, MA - It was a great game from start to finish filled with strong pitching, timely hitting, and a walk-off victory for the Spinners (37-38) as the 2018 season came to a close at LeLacheur Park.

The Tigers (29-44) struck first with two runs in the fifth off of Yorvin Pantoja. For the game, Pantoja threw five innings, allowed one earned run, a pair of walks, and a pair of strikeouts.

Lowell added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Korby Batesole led off the inning with a single. Dylan Hardy later drove him in with an RBI-double to make it 2-1.

The Spinners tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when Trey Ganns ripped a one out double to get things started. Alan Marrero added a double of his own to bring in Ganns, tying the game at two apiece.

Connecticut stormed back in the eighth inning with two runs off of Logan Browning to take a late 4-2 lead.

Lowell began to chip away with a run in the eighth when Ganns drew a one-out walk. Tyler Esplin singled and Marrero was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Korby Batesole. A groundout was enough to bring home Ganns, cutting the lead to 4-3.

A late-rally in the ninth inning tied the game at four when the Spinners loaded the bases and Dylan Hardy came in to score on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Alan Marrero kicked off the 10th inning by reaching on a fielder's choice. After a series of wild pitches he had moved over to third base with Juan Carlos Abreu at the plate. Victory was delivered on a single to right field by Abreu to bring in Marrero.

With the walk-off victory, the Spinners finish their 2018 season with a 37-38 record, a four-win increase from last season.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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