STATEN ISLAND, NY - The Spinners (32-28) rolled in to Staten Island (32-27) having won three in a row with a chance to take the division-lead with a win. Unfortunately, that momentum came to an end on Monday night.
The offense struck early with a run in the top of the first. Korby Batesole hit a one-out double and was driven in the following at-bat by Lane Milligan to make it 1-0.
Starting pitcher Brian Brown made his first appearance in nearly a month and delivered two perfect innings for Lowell while striking out a pair.
The bullpen would have less success however. Taylor Ahearn surrendered six earned runs in his only inning of relief while walking five batters. Danny Bethea delivered three innings of his own but surrendered an earned run. Oddanier Mosqueda struck out four in two innings of relief but the offense could not muster any additional run support.
With the loss in Staten Island and a win by the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Spinners fall to 1.5 games behind in the Stedler Division race. Fifth-rounder Thaddeus Ward takes the hill for Lowell on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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