ABERDEEN, MD - On Sunday, the Lowell Spinners (16-5), proud affiliate of the 2018 World Champion Boston Red Sox, traveled to Maryland to take on the Aberdeen Ironbirds (11-11), affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, for the first of three game series starting on Sunday.
Starting pitchers for both clubs were Bryan Lucas for the Spinners and Dallas Litscher for the Ironbirds. A big third inning for the Ironbirds, in which they saw five runs cross the plate made it an uphill battle early for Lowell, who wound up falling 5-2 at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.
Lucas went five innings in his outing, but did allow five runs - four of them were earned. Jeremy Bleich and Anyelo Gomez came out of the bullpen for the Spinners and they did their job keeping the score as it was. Going three innings combined and only allowing one hit in their few innings of work.
Third Inning is were the Spinners found themselves in a bit of trouble when the Ironbirds went for a big five run inning. Leading this charge was back-to-back RBI doubles for Zach Watson and Austin Hays also a Kyle Stowers RBI triple, where he scored on a throwing error on that play, fueled the Ironbirds. Seemingly having all their offense explode in that inning.
The Spinners could not muster consecutive hits to help them come back from their deficit. Nick Northcut (2-for-4) and Jaxx Groshans (2-for-3) supplying the offense for the team each getting two hits in the ballgame. Having the rest of the bats go cold made it harder to reap the benefits of their day.
Northcut singled in the top of the seventh to left field, scoring Groshans from third and making it 5-1. Ricardo Cubillan supplied the second run when he doubled home Antoni Flores.
Lowell had a chance in the eighth inning with bases loaded and two outs to try and get back into the game. With the quiet bats they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity that they had. In the ninth inning Flores walked hoping to start a rally, but was quickly picked off - killing any hope of a late-inning comeback.
The Spinners take of the Ironbirds Monday and Tuesday to close out their series hoping to get back on track, then they travel to Batavia to take on the Muckdogs. Lowell is not back home until Saturday July 13th for Star Wars night with Jackie Bradley Jr. Bobblehead night following that.
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