Third baseman Victor Acosta scored the second of Lowell’s two runs on Thursday’s contest against the State College Spikes. (Photo courtesy George DeLuca/Connector)
The Spinners couldn’t hold onto an early lead in a 4-2 loss to finish the series with the visiting State College Spikes on Tuesday night.
The Spinners’ lone run of the night came in the first inning, after a single from right fielder Chris Madera and two wild pitches from the Spikes allowed Madera to make it home. The Spinners were able to hold onto the early lead for seven innings.
Brian Johnson started his second game of the season for the Spinners, pitching for six strikeouts, one walk, three hits, and no runs. Johnson earned back-to-back strikeouts in the fourth inning, and added another two in the fifth to help the Spinners to victory.
Offensively, the Spinners saw just five hits on the night, including a double from Madera in the third inning. Lowell saw an offensive chance in the sixth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs on the board. However, catcher Nick Sciortino struck out to keep the game 1-0.
Johnson was replaced at the start of the seventh inning by Daniel Zandona for the Spinner. Zandona pitched for one strikeout and one hit before being replaced by Algenia Martinez to end the night.
The Spikes took the lead in the eighth inning, after Zandona pitched for a double and Martinez followed up with a home run, which got three runners home for the visiting team. Martinez finished the eighth inning with one strikeout, one hit, one home run, and one walk before being replaced in the ninth.
The Spinners entered the ninth inning trailing 3-1. The final change on the mound for the Spinners came with Matthew Gorst replacing Martinez to end the night. Gorst pitched for two hits, including a double. The Spikes were able to send another runner home to end the night’s scoring.
Despite a sliding double and then run from second baseman Victor Acosta in the bottom of the ninth, the Spinners were unable to find any late night heroics to end the series.
The Spinners travel to Ohio to face the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Thursday at 7 p.m. Lowell is second in the Stedler division of the NY-Penn League with a record of 19-13.