BATAVIA, N.Y. - After falling 7-6 in 13 innings the day before in Aberdeen, the Lowell Spinners (17-7), proud affiliate of the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox, looked to get back to their winning ways when they opened up a three-game set against the Batavia MuckDogs (16-9), affiliate of the Miami Marlins, on Wednesday night.
Despite Alex Erro , and Stephen Scott - who was making his professional debut in the game - combining for six hits between the two of them, the Spinners fell to the MuckDogs 8-6 at Dwyer Stadium on Wednesday night.
Scott would finish the game 3-for-4, despite singling in his first three professional at-bats, his first two coming on the first two pitches he saw.
The Spinners got on the board first in the very first inning when Gilberto Jimenez took the second pitch of the game from Batavia starter Edgar Martinez and perfectly wrapped it around the left field foul pole for a home run, his first of the season.
Later in the inning, Lowell loaded the bases up and Nick Decker drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Joe Davis from third and giving the Spinners a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half, the MuckDogs took the lead right back when Sean Reynolds walloped a home-run to deep right field, scoring Dalvy Rosario and JD Orr and giving his guys a 3-2 lead.
Batavia kept it going in the bottom half of the third inning when Orr singled to left field, sending Rosario to third base.
Both base runners would move up one base when Wil Dalton misplayed the ball in left field, giving the MuckDogs a 4-2 lead. Nic Ready kept the line moving when he singled home Orr, giving Batavia a 5-2 lead.
In the top of the fourth Decker walked for a second time, and was immediately followed by Dalton who collected his first professional home run on a long fly ball to left field, cutting the MuckDogs lead to 5-4.
An inning later, Decker tied the game with his third walk of the game, his second with the bases loaded - setting a career high for walks in a game - and tying the game at five runs apiece. Dalton came through in a big spot again with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Scott from third base.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Orr singled to lead the inning off and later moved up to third base on an errant pickoff attempt by Miguel Suero .
Orr would then scored on a sacrifice fly Ready, tying the game at six runs aside. Reynolds followed the sacrifice fly with his second home run of the game, effectively putting the nail on the Spinners coffin in one foul swoop.
Aldo Ramirez got the start on the mound for Lowell and went 3.2 innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits while also striking out five. He earned a no-decision in the game, while Suero would take the loss - going 2.1 innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits while striking out one.
The Spinners are back in action on Thursday when they take on the MuckDogs in the second of three in Batavia, first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The Spinners return home on Saturday where they take on the Auburn Doubledays, affiliate of the Washington Nationals on Star Wars Night.
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