NORWICH, CT - The beginning of the 2018 season was filled with highs and lows but unfortunately it was not enough for the Spinners to pull away on Opening Night.
Lowell received an early boost courtesy of starting pitcher Eduard Bazardo. In only four innings, he struck out 10 batters, a milestone which no Spinners pitcher reached in 2017, in the first game of the season. He allowed a pair of earned runs, a pair of walks, and five hits.
Following a two-out double from Tyler Dearden in the top of the fourth, shortstop Andre Colon drove in the first run of the year with an RBI single to tie the game.
Connecticut regained the lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth off Bazardo, making it a 2-1 ball game.
Oddanier Mosqueda kicked off the season with a pair of scoreless innings out of the bullpen and three strikeouts to keep the lead to one run.
The Tigers extended their lead in the seventh with an insurance run off Alberto Franco to make it a 3-1 ball game.
Colon reached second on an error to lead off the ninth inning. After a passed ball advanced him to third, Alan Marrero singled home a run to cut the lead to one run though it would not be enough for the Spinners.
With the loss, the Spinners return continue the opening series in Connecticut on Saturday night with right-hander Juan Perez scheduled to take the hill for Lowell with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
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