Martin strong as Scrappers beat Spinners 7-4
The Scrappers ended a three-game skid Friday night, defeating the Lowell Spinners 7-4. In doing so, they avoided being swept for the second time this season.
The offense for the Scrappers made a dramatic turnaround from a night ago when they only managed a run on four hits. On Friday, they were able to push across seven runs and piled up 12 hits along the way.
They didn’t waste any time getting started, scoring three runs in the first against starter Mike Augliera. After Tyler Naquin singled with one out, Joseph Wendle tripled to score the first run. Charlie Valerio followed with a double to score Wendle, and with two outs, Joe Sever added a third extra-base hit to push across another run and give Scrapper Starter Josh Martin a 3-0 advantage before stepping on the rubber. They scored another run in the second when Naquin singled home Jairo Garcia following a one-out double.
Martin, making his fifth appearance and second start of the year, found himself in a little early trouble of his own. With one out and a runner on first, Martin allowed a double that brought home the Spinner’s first run, and then another double with two outs that made it 3-2. That was all Martin would allow, though, as he cruised through the next four frames without allowing a hit. He exited after five and allowed just two runs on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts.
The 4-2 advantage held for the Scrappers until the seventh, when they added a few important insurance runs. With two out and two on, Charlie Valerio added to his team-leading RBI total, doubling home Naquin and Jairo Kelly to extend the Scrappers advantage to 6-2. They added their last run in the eighth via an RBI-groundout from Robel Garcia that scored Joe Sever.
The Spinners mounted a rally of their own in the bottom of the eighth off of reliever Luis Morel, who had relieved Martin after five. Morel issued a pair of one-out walks, and then surrendered a double to Oscar Perez that made the score 7-4.
Morel was replaced in the ninth by Loius Head after issuing another pair of walks with two outs. Head struck out his only batter to end the game and earn the save. Martin picked up the win, with Spinner starter Augliera taking the loss.
With the win, the Scrappers again move over .500 at 13-12. They will look to start another winning streak as they continue their road trip with a three game set in Hudson Valley against the Renegades.