Following a division title last season, the Spinners' (10-10) early season struggles looked troublesome but manager Iggy Suarez has his team at .500 with a five-game winning streak after kicking off a road trip against the Batavia Muckdogs (8-13).
The offense struck first in the top of the second after Juan Barriento, Raiwinson Lameda, and Samuel Miranda loaded the bases. Following a passed ball with Michael Osinski at the plate, Barriento came in to put Lowell on top.
The lead continued to grow in the top of the third when Frankie Rios led off the inning with a single. After stealing second, Barriento reached on an error before Osinski drove in the pair with a two-run double to push the lead to three.
Starting pitcher Durin O'Linger, making the first start of his professional career, threw 5.2 innings and struck out four while allowing a pair of unearned runs. In four appearances this season, O'Linger has a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings.
Reliever Lukas Young delivered a strong outing in 2.1 innings of work. He held onto the Spinners one-run lead and struck out four in the process while holding Batavia to just three hits.
Outfielder Yoan Aybar reclaimed the team lead in RBI in the top of the ninth with a single to drive in Osinski to make it a 4-2 ball game. It capped off a big night from Michael Osinski, who went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, a run of his own, and a stolen base. Later in the inning with runners on the corners, Frankie Rios stole his second base of the night and Aybar came in to score on a Batavia throwing error to push the lead to three.
Closer Juan Florentino shut the door with a one-two-three inning in the bottom of the ninth to pick up his New York-Penn League leading fourth save of the season.
With their fifth consecutive victory, the Spinners are back to .500 for the first time since their second game of the season. They look to go over .500 tomorrow with Nick Duron taking the mound in Batavia for the second of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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