Spinners Smack Around Yankees, 7-3August 4, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Lowell Spinners
For the Spinners, it was their seventh win in their last eight games.
Lowell (19-27) wasted no time getting on top in the first as Dreily Guerrero singled with two outs and scored as David Chester doubled down the left field line, one pitch after Staten Island catcher Peter O?Brien dropped a popup in foul territory that would have ended the inning.
The Spinners tacked on two runs in the second inning as Roberson mashed a fastball well past the left field wall for his first homerun of 2012, and Aneury Tavarez tripled and scooted home on a wild pitch. Lowell continued in the third as Guerrero singled, took second as the left fielder bobbled the ball, stole third without a throw and scored on an error by the second baseman on a groundball hit by Chester.
The Spinners then loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Roberson and Tavarez and a walk to Mike Miller in the fourth inning, but could only score one run on a groundball to third by Deven Marrero.
Chester hit his team-leading seventh homerun in the fifth inning, a rocket over the left field wall.
Staten Island (15-30) finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as third baseman Matthew Duran doubled with one out, moved to third on a passed ball and scored when Chester mishandled a groundball hit to him at first. However, the Spinners refused to let the Yankees breathe as in the top of the sixth, Marrero drove in Oscar Perez with a double off the left field wall.
The Yankees answered in the home half of the sixth inning with three straight singles and a fielding error by Matt Marquis that scored one run, and then a sacrifice fly completed the scoring for the Yanks.
Brian Johnson, the 31st pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Red Sox, made his second professional start and breezed through two innings, striking out one and retiring all six batters he faced. Jacob Dahlstrand (3-2, 3.55) followed Johnson and battled through four eventful innings for his third straight win, while Braden Kapetyn, who leads the New York Penn League in Batting Average Against for relievers, picked up his third save with three scoreless innings.
The Lowell Spinners pitching staff now has allowed just ten earned runs in their last eight games, good for a team ERA of 1.23, which in turn has lowered the team ERA from 4.51 on July 26 to 3.98 tonight.
One night after collecting ten hits, the Spinners smacked thirteen, led by a four-hit night by Guerrero. Roberson had three hits, including his homerun while Chester and Tavarez each had two-hit nights. With his seventh homerun, Chester now is tied for second in the New York-Penn League with Jesus Solorzano of Jamestown.
Lowell looks to make it four wins in a row tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m. as Pat Light (0-1, 2.70) makes his sixth start, followed by Tyler Wilson (2-1, 6.17).
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