LOWELL, MA - After dropping the series opener on Thursday night, the Spinners (33-32) hoped to bounce back against the Lake Monsters (32-34) in front of the home crowd on Friday. Unfortunately, the effort came up short for the second night in a row.
Starting pitcher Yorvin Pantoja struggled early by allowing two runs in the first inning but settled in nicely. In total, he threw five innings with four strikeouts, and a walk.
Lane Milligan and Devlin Granberg drew a pair of two-out walks in the first inning to set up Tyler Esplin for an RBI-single to left field, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Vermont got to the Spinners bullpen in the seventh inning, scoring an unearned run off of Oddanier Mosqueda. Alex Demchak then allowed four runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning. Francisco Lopez-Soto surrendered an insurance run in 1.1 innings of relief.
The Spinners put a run on the board in the bottom of the ninth inning when Korby Batesole drove in Dylan Hardy on a fielder's choice but the effort would be too little, too late.
With the 8-2 loss, Lowell looks to avoid the sweep on Saturday with left-hander Brian Brown on the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
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