Tigers Pull Away Late, Lowell Falls

Connecticut wins series opener 7-3

By Lowell Spinners | July 1, 2018 9:10 PM

LOWELL, MA - A Stedler Division rivalry was renewed on Sunday when the Connecticut Tigers (6-10) came in to town to take on the Spinners (7-9). Sadly, Lowell was unable to capitalize on a chance to get to .500 on the season.

Alexander Montero made his third start of season, looking to build on a pair of strong outings. In four innings of work Montero allowed four hits, two runs (one earned), and struck out four.

Trailing 1-0 early, Garrett Benge led off the second with a double. Tyler Esplin moved him over to third when he reached on an error to put runners on the corners. Tyler Dearden tied the game up with an RBI single, his first of three hits on the evening.

The Tigers built up a 3-1 lead by the bottom of the sixth. Cole Brannen hit a one-out single and got himself into scoring position with his team-leading sixth stolen base of the year. Benge continued to rip the ball with his second double of the day, bringing in Brannen to cut the lead to one.

The comeback continued in the bottom of the seventh when Dearden singled to kick off the inning. With two outs in the inning, Korby Batesole legged out an infield single to bring home Dearden from third to tie the game 3-3.

The bullpen struggled late in the game as Connecticut put four runs together in the top of the eighth to make it 7-3 Tigers. Victor Garcia allowed four runs in two innings of work on four hits.

The Spinners now turn to Eduard Bazardo on Monday to get back on track. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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