Barriento Dominates but Lowell Falls

Spinners drop second straight in extras despite strong offense

By Lowell Spinners | July 16, 2017 7:48 PM ET

Wrapping up a six-game road trip in Williamsport (14-10), the Spinners (10-14) looked to snap a three-game skid but unfortunately they would be heading home with their fourth consecutive loss in tow.

The offense struck first in the top of the fourth when Juan Barriento went deep with his third home run of the season. Through 24 games this year, Barriento remains the only Spinner with more than one home run.

Lowell expanded the lead in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with one out. Raiwinson Lameda drew a bases loaded walk followed by Tanner Nishioka driving in a run with an RBI single, pushing his current hit streak to five in the process. 

Starting pitcher Dakota Smith delivered another strong start for Lowell, allowing only one earned run in 5.1 innings. Through five starts this season, Smith currently holds a 2.08 ERA and has pitched at least five innings in four consecutive starts.

Nick Hamilton started a rally in the top of the seventh after reaching on a passed ball third strike. After stealing second, his fourth of the season, Brett Netzer singled to right and gave the Spinners a three-run lead.

The bottom of the seventh proved to be troublesome for the Spinners. The Crosscutters scored three unearned runs on Devon Fisher and Juan Florentino surrendered his first earned run of the season in his ninth outing. 

Trailing by one in the ninth, Yoan Aybar kept hope alive with a two-out single. Netzer then moved Aybar over to third with a single of his own. Juan Barriento continued his big night with his fourth hit of the game, a single to send the game in the extra innings.

The momentum would not carry into extras as Florentino surrendered a Crosscutter walk-off home run to wrap up a 6-5 Williamsport victory.

Currently holding a four-game losing streak, the Spinners finally return to LeLacheur Park tomorrow for a double-header with the Aberdeen Ironbirds. It will kick off a home stand that contains seven games in six days. Game 1 begins at 5:30 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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