TROY, NY - The Tri-City ValleyCats took their season-high fifth consecutive win in thrilling fashion Tuesday evening at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The 'Cats took home their second straight series victory by exploding for a 16-4 win over the Lowell Spinners, working off the strength of a season-high four home runs in doing so.
Following Monday night's walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth, the 'Cats (21-28, 8-14) plated three runs in each of the first two frames, with third baseman Joe Perez picking up where he left off. Fresh off his third home run of the season, Perez launched a three-run shot to the same spot in left center in the bottom of the first to put Tri-City on the board. The 2017 second round selection would become the first 'Cat to register multiple big-flies in a game this season later on in the night, sending a three-run homer back over the wall in the bottom of the eighth as well.
With eight members of the team's starting nine registering both a hit and a run in the ballgame, Tri-City saw Perez, Nate Perry, AJ Lee and Luis Santana put fourth multi-knock performances. Perry and Lee each sent out three and two-run home runs, respectively, in the bottom of the sixth, while Santana became just the second 'Cat this season to log a four-hit night. In total, Perry, Santana and AJ Lee all crossed the plate three times each, with Perez's six RBI offering standing as an individual high for the team.
Dropping their fourth contest in a row, the spinners (30-20, 13-3) got on the board with a sacrifice fly in the third, and logged a pair of big-flies of their own in the game, with Marino Campana connecting on a solo shot in the sixth and Joe Davis driving back a two-run bomb in the eighth.
Aside from bringing a season high for runs (16), hits (16), home runs (4) and RBI (15), the 'Cats posted their largest margin of victory over an opponent in 2019, while Lowell suffered their worst loss of the year.
Right-hander Valente Bellozo (5-0) moved into a tie for second for wins by a pitcher on the year following five strikeouts in five three-hit innings to start for the ValleyCats. Relievers Juan Pablo Lopez and Miguel Figueroa logged 3.1 and 0.2 innings thereafter, with Lopez also gunning down five and Figueroa ending the contest by retiring two of three batters he faced.
Right-hander Bryan Lucas (2-5) took the loss for the Spinners, conceding the game's first six runs (five earned) off six hits in 2.1 innings on the mound, striking out three and walking a pair in the process.
Following the blowout, the ValleyCats will head into Wednesday's contest in search of their sixth straight victory and their second consecutive three-game sweep. First pitch between the Stedler Division rivals is set for 7:00 p.m.
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