LOWELL, MA - With a sweep of the Staten Island Yankees (2-4) in sight, the Spinners were unable to hold on in a roller coaster game to close out the opening home stand.
After striking out 10 batters in his first start of the season, Eduard Bazardo made his much anticipated second start of the season but was likely not the outing he had hoped for. In five innings of work he struck out eight but let up five earned runs, including a trio of home runs to bring his ERA up to 6.00. However, through 9.0 innings pitched this season, he has struck out 18 total batters, a rate of 18.00 K/9.
Trailing 1-0 in the first, the Spinners struck back after Jarren Duran led off the inning with a walk and Cole Brannen singled to put two on for fourth round pick Kole Cottam. With his first two RBI of the season last night, Cottam added one more with a double to put the Spinners tie the game. Garrett Benge then continued his hot start with an RBI single to put the Spinners up 2-1.
Durran again got the inning started in the bottom of the third with a lead-off double. Brannen then brought him home on a bunt with a throwing error to put the Spinners up 3-2. Later in the inning with a pair of runners on, Devlin Granberg ripped his first professional hit to bring home Brannen but Cottam would be thrown out at home to end the inning.
The Yankees would add four runs over the next two innings off a pair of home runs. Four different relievers would finish the game for the Spinners. Andrew Politi struck out a pair in his professional debut, Harrison Cooney threw a perfect inning, Francisco Lopez-Soto surrendered a walk and a hit but made it out of the inning, and Danny Bethea allowed a pair of runs in the ninth (one earned) to put the game out of reach for Lowell at 8-4.
The Spinners now hit the road for a six-game home stand in New York with the division-rival Tri-City ValleyCats up first for a three-game set. Left-hander Brian Brown is set to make his professional debut for the Spinners with first pitch coming at 7:00 p.m.
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