Spinners Complete Sweep as Pitching Shines AgainAugust 6, 2012 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Lowell Spinners
Lowell (21-27) started the scoring early as Mookie Betts doubled to right driving in Matt Marquis who was hit by Yankees Evan Rutckyj. Betts would advance to third base on the play on a throwing error by the catcher IsaiasTejada and would later score on a sac fly by Tim Roberson.
In the fifth inning, following a walk to AneuryTavarez and a base hit by Zach Kapstein, Mike Miller sacrificed the runners to second and third for Deven Marrero. Marrero grounded to the shortstop Jose Rosario who was able to cut down a speedy Tavarez attempting to score at the plate. However, the Spinners would capitalize on yet another Yankee error as Kapstein scored on a Rosario fielding error with Dreily Guerrero batting.
The Spinners would push two more across in the seventh when on a double steal by Miller and Marrero, the catcher Tejeda threw the ball away yet again, allowing Miller to score and Marrero to move up to third. David Chester would knock in Marrero on a fielder's choice to bring the Spinners tally to five.
Staten Island (15-31) threatened for a big inning in the eighth as the first two batters singled off RaynelValette and moved to second and third on a fielder's choice. They were able to push one across on a single by Matt Snyder who was followed up by yet another single by Daniel Lopez.
With the bases loaded and only one out in the eighth, Valette would buckle down and get Peter O'Brien to hit a pop-up to the infield and Matthew Duran to strike out swinging to get the Spinners out of the jam.
Justin Haley, who has been nearly unhittable this season threw three scoreless innings scattering three hits and striking out two, lowing his ERA to 0.89 in the process. Valette (3-2, 3.47 ERA) picked up the win for Lowell, pitching five innings of work striking out four and allowed only one run. Kyle Kraus came on in the ninth and shut it down getting all three of the batters he faced to ground out.
Mike Miller reached base in three of his four at-bats going 1-for-2 with two walks. The Spinners stole a total of five bases including two each from Miller and Marrero. Marrero is now tied for second in the New York-Penn League in steals with 16, three behind the league lead.
Lowell starts a brief three-game homestand with the Brooklyn Cyclones Wednesday at LeLacheur Park. It's Jack Kerouac Double Bobble, Bobble Head and Bobble Thumb, Giveaway, courtesy of the UMass-Lowell English Department, for the first 1,000 fans. William Cuevas (5-1, 1.62) gets the ball for a 7:05 first pitch.
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