The Spinners (19-23) kicked off a double header with the Hudson Valley Renegades (20-23) coming to town for a three-game series.
Fourth round draft pick Jake Thompson made his first professional start for Lowell. In one planned inning of work, Thompson gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out a pair.
Hudson Valley struck again in the top of the third with a pair of runs off reliever Dakota Smith. In his second relief outing of the year Smith gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk while striking out three.
The offense began to show signs of life when Yomar Valentin got a two-out rally going with a double. After Michael Osinski reached on a passed ball strikeout to keep the inning alive, a Frankie Rios single brought home Valentin to put the Spinners on the board.
The rally continued in the bottom of the sixth after Rios was able to reach safely on a throwing error. Juan Barriento and Marino Campana each singled to load the bases. Yoan Aybar then brought in Rios with a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 6-2. After Zach Sterry walked to load the bases again, Samuel Miranda singled up the middle to bring home a pair of runs and cut the lead to two.
Unfortunately, the rally would prove to be too little too late as the Spinners dropped the first game of a double header.
The second game of the day featured a much happier ending for the Spinners.
Starting pitcher Nick Duron turned in one of his best outings of the season with five innings of work. He struck out a pair, walked one, and allowed only three hits while the only run scored against him was unearned.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning of a seven inning game, Frankie Rios continued his big day with a leadoff walk. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, a single from Raiwinson Lameda tied the game at one apiece heading into the final inning.
Reliever Devon Fisher picked up Duron with two scoreless innings of relief to carry the tie game into the bottom of the seventh.
In his LeLacheur Park debut, Alexander Martinez ripped a leadoff triple in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on third. With one out and runners on the corners, Frankie Rios ripped a line drive to center that managed to fall out of the fielder's glove, allowing Martinez to come home and score the winning run, giving the Spinners their second walkoff win of the season.
The series concludes tomorrow night with Yorvin Pantoja on the mound for Lowell. It's Princess Night at LeLacheur Park and gates open at 5:30 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 6:35. Stick around after the game for a great fireworks show!
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