With the All-Star break looming, the Spinners (24-25) closed out a six-game home stand with an impressive win over the the Doubledays (19-32) to finish the sweep.
The offense was hot out of the gate with Frankie Rios and Garrett Benge setting up Marino Campana, the hottest hitter in the New-York Penn League, to strike first. Campana extended his hit streak to 16 games with an RBI double to bring home Rios. A Juan Barriento single then drove in Benge to push the lead to two before Yoan Aybar beat out an infield grounder to bring home Campana.
Jake Thompson got the start for the Spinners. In his third start of the year, he went two innings with a strikeout and no hits allowed. It was the longest start of his yougn professional career.
After Auburn got on the board in the top of the third, the offense struck back with three more runs of their own. Barriento got the inning started with a single then was brought home by a Raiwinson Lameda triple. Aybar then poked a grounder through the right side to score Lameda, making it a 5-1 ball game. Later in the inning with runners on the corners, Steven Reveles drove in his first run of the year with a groudner up the middle to push the lead to five.
Auburn struck back with two runs in the fourth off reliever Dakota Smith. In three innings of work, Smith struck out five, allowed three earned runs, and nine hits while picking up his fourth win of the season.
The Spinners put the game away in the fifth with a six-run inning. Aybar kicked things off with a double followed by a Nick Sciortino walk. Steven Reveles then picked up a bunt single but managed to advance to second on a throwing error, bringing home Aybar. Michael Osinski then groudned into a fielder's choice to bring home Sciortino, making it 8-3 Lowell. Frankie Rios then singled to right to bring home Reveles. With runners on the corners, a Garrett Benge double made it 10-3 before Marino Campana added a two-run double of his own to make it a seven-run lead.
Taylor Ahearn picked up a rare four-inning save, his first of the season. He struck out three, walked none, and allowed a pair of base hits while blanking the Doubledays.
With the All-Star break now upon us, the Spinners are riding a three-game winning streak and sit 1.5 games out of first place in the Stedler Division. Play resumes Wednesday, August 16 as the Spinners kick off a six-game road trip starting with division-leader Vermont.
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