Staten Island 12, Lowell 4: Soft Bats, Pitching Woes Doom Spinners in Rivalry Renewed
LOWELL – It was another quiet night for the Lowell Spinners bats and some extremely uncontrolled pitching certainly did not help the cause for a victory either.
Every Staten Island Yankee scored at least once or drove in a run as the MacNamara Division’s worst squad tripped the host Spinners, cellar dwellers of the Stedler, by a 12-4 score on Saturday at LeLacheur Park.
The team had plenty of opportunity to make the game closer as Lowell left ten men on base, including a pair during a couple different innings.
Red Sox supplemental first-round pick Pat Light made his debut inside the “Masterpiece Along the Merrimack” and worked around two base hits in the first inning, inducing a double play and whipping up a strikeout to end things in a scoreless frame.
The Spinners were able to score the game’s first run as 1B David Chester lined a one-hop single to center field, scoring 3B Dreily Guerrero easily after his lead-off base hit.
Light was not able to hold it together as he coughed a run right back to tie the score in the second inning. SS Jose Rosario’s double was squeezed in between a pair of strikeouts but he came around to score on an RBI single from LF Daniel Lopez, which dropped into shallow right field.
Staten Island took the lead against Spinner piggyback starter Zach Good as RF Exicardo Cayones lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Rosario.
After Lowell DH Nathan Minnich grounded into an inning-ending double play in the third, the Yankees broke things open with a five-run fourth on just one hit. Good walked the bases loaded before Orozco drove in the first score on a sac fly and a pitch hit 1B Saxon Butler with the bases loaded.
The big blow of the inning for the Yankees came off the bat of DH Ravel Sanchez, who cleared the bases with a double deep into the left field corner, giving them a commanding six-run cushion.
Lowell inched closer on one swing of the bat in the fifth inning as 2B Mookie Betts drove home two runs on a two-out single that dropped into shallow center field. In the sixth, the Spinners came within three runs of a tie score when SS Deven Marrero poked an RBI base hit through the hole at second base, continuing his solid start since being selected in the first round of the June First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State.
Again, the Yankees were fast to issue payback as Lopez and Orozco traded run-scoring doubles to left field with two outs in the seventh inning. Cayones led off the frame with a walk against Spinner hurler Tyler Wilson and he advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Lopez’s hit.
Wilson saw his night come to an end after the Yankees scored twice on four hits in the eighth inning before Leonardo Marin inherited the bases loaded.
3B Fu-Lin Kuo singled into left field and scored when Santana hit his first homer of the season into the trees deep over the left field wall, between the top advertisement on the scoreboard and the first outfield lightpole.
Staten Island – and specifically Santana – added a final ninth-inning run for good measure as Santana one-hopped the left field wall for his second double and third extra-base hit of the contest.
James Pazos retired the Spinner side quickly in the ninth after allowing one of Guerrero’s three hits in the ballgame with two outs in the previous frame. He ended the night by inducing a quick grounder back to the mound from DH Nathan Minnich.
Wilson relieved Light and Good, eating up four innings and allowing eight hits, four earned runs and three walks.
Good did not do a sufficient job living up to his name as he fell to 0-4 on the season. The first-year Spinner from Mesquite, Tex. surrendered an astounding six earned runs and six walks on just one hit in 1.2 innings. He has now allowed at least three free passes in each of his first six appearances – five of which were five innings or less in length.
Staten Island reached double-digits in the win column, improving to 10-16 with their first victory over the rival Spinners. Manchester, Conn. native and University of New Haven product Alex Smith earned his second win of the season, inducing a groundout on one pitch to the only batter he saw.
The Spinners and Yankees play the middle of three games on Sunday evening at 5:05 as tall righty Jacob Dahlstrand takes the mound in search of his first win.