Spinners blank Scrappers 7-0
Lugo, Mahoning Valley get off on wrong foot early on
NILES, OH- A wacky first inning got the Scrappers and starter Luis Lugo off on the wrong foot and cost them the game, as they fell to the Lowell Spinners for the second-straight night, by a final score of 7-0.
Lugo uncharacteristically plunked the leadoff batter of the game, Forrestt Allday, and started the Spinners early rally. An error from third baseman Robel Garcia followed and allowed Allday to move to third base while Tsu-Wei Lin arrived safely at first and proved to be a sign of things to come for the Scrappers.
With men on first and third with no outs, left fielder Kevin Mager hit a swinging bunt that was fielded by Lugo, who made a late and errant throw to first, allowing Allday to score and Wei to move to third.
Down 1-0 and yet to get an out, Lugo threw a wild pitch that scored Lin and moved Mager, who reached second on the previous throwing error, to third.
Lugo got out of the jam with only those two runs allowed, but the Spinners weren't done yet.
The third inning began with a walk and another hit batter by Lugo and ended with a 6-0 Spinners lead.
The inning consisted of three hits and an error that brought in four runs, thanks to the two initial walks.
Overall, Lugo's lack of command, coupled with the lack of defense behind him, proved enough to give him his fourth loss of the season.
In four innings, Lugo allowed six runs, five earned, on four hits and three walks, the three errors and wild pitch certainly not helping his cause either.
On the other hand, the Spinners pitchers had it going all night long.
Their starter, Boston Red Sox 2013 second round pick Teddy Stankiewicz, was almost perfect in his two innings of work.
A long double from Claudio Bautista was the only blemish on the evening for the Boston prospect, who also recorded two strikeouts in as many innings.
Stankiewicz was followed by reliever Sergio Gomez who deserved the win and the majority of the praise in an absolutely outstanding appearance for Lowell.
In six innings, Gomez allowed just five hits, struck out five batters, and walked two on his way to a dominating shutout performance. Although he wouldn't get the win, Gomez was truly the ace of the day.
Meanwhile, Scrappers relievers Michael Goodnight and Trevor Frank held the Scrappers scoreless for four straight innings, but Manuel Carmona came in and allowed a run in the ninth to give the Spinners the 7-0 lead.
Greg Larson came on to close it out for the Spinners and was able to do so without much of a fight from the home team, as the Scrappers folded quickly.
First pitch from Eastwood Field is set for 7:05 p.m.