Spinners 3, Brooklyn 1: Power Propels Lowell to Series Victory Over Cyclones
LOWELL – The Lowell Spinners used the longball on their way to a comeback victory on Thursday night at LeLacheur Park as they topped the visiting Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) by a 3-1 count with all of the offense coming on a pair of long home runs in the sixth inning.
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With the victory, the Spinners improve to 23-28 on the season and have now won two straight games as well as seven of their first nine to begin the month of August. Brooklyn, which entered the night with eight wins over its last ten games, fell to 31-20 in dropping two of three in the series.
Brooklyn went 5-1 over the rival Red Sox affiliate in 2011, including a three-game sweep over the Spinners in the final series of the season. The teams also conclude this season with a trio of games at Coney Island’s baseball gem, MCU Park.
Red Sox first-round pick Brian Johnson continued his young professional career with his third start, tossing two perfect innings with two strikeouts. The University of Florida product has not allowed a run over his first 5.1 innings since making his debut on July 29.
Jacob Dahlstrand came in for the third and continued his effective performance in the piggyback role for the third time on the season, allowing just three hits and a run over five innings as he earned his fourth victory in as many appearances.
Both teams compiled all the offense they needed in the sixth inning, using some timely hitting in key situations.
After Dahlstrand, a first-year Spinner and third-year Red Sox minor leaguer, retired the first two batters of the inning, C Kevin Plawecki walked and scored all the way from first base on a double into the left field corner off the bat of LF Stefan Sabol. The Orange Coast Community College product is tied for second in the New York-Penn League with 17 doubles on the season.
LF Dreily Guerrero opened the bottom of the inning with a single but was caught stealing for the first out but 1B David Chester tied the game on one swing of the bat, lining his eighth homer of the season off the left field foul pole.
After 2B Mookie Betts singled, he came in to score as CF Matt Marquis bombed a two-run shot just over the left field wall and under the main scoreboard for his second home run and tenth RBI of the campaign.
Cyclones starter Luis Cessa was strong over six innings, scattering seven hits and three earned runs. However, the Mexican native, who pitched for the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2011, had allowed just two home runs until doubling that count with Chester and Marquis lining dingers high over the left field wall.
Despite sitting at the very bottom of the NYPL with a .232 team average, Lowell banged out ten hits in the contest, including nine of the one-base variety. Betts and Marquis each chipped in with three, while Guerrero posted a pair, including the lone extra-base hit – a two-out knock in the first inning.
Manager Bruce Crabbe elected to bring in de-facto closer Braden Kapteyn to pitch the final two innings for his fourth save try of the year and did not disappoint as he allowed a walk to Sabol in an otherwise perfect outing.
The Spinners return to LeLacheur next Wednesday to take on the Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) for a three-game series leading into Futures at Fenway on August 18. Before that, the team hits the road for three games with the rival Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) this weekend before the All-Star Game.