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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lowell Spinners roll over Connecticut Tigers

LOWELL, MASS. – For the third time in four nights the Lowell Spinners were on the wrong end of a double-digit run performance from the visitors as the Connecticut Tigers drummed out 14 hits en route to a 12-4 win Tuesday night at LeLacheur Park. The loss was the Spinners fourth straight.

Connecticut (5-7) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. After a Ben Verlander lead-off double, Domingo Leyba deposited the first pitch he saw over the right field fence to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. ...

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LOWELL, MASS. – For the third time in four nights the Lowell Spinners were on the wrong end of a double-digit run performance from the visitors as the Connecticut Tigers drummed out 14 hits en route to a 12-4 win Tuesday night at LeLacheur Park. The loss was the Spinners fourth straight.

Connecticut (5-7) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. After a Ben Verlander lead-off double, Domingo Leyba deposited the first pitch he saw over the right field fence to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Lowell (5-7) answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own. Making his professional debut, Danny Mars tripled with one out and came around to score on a passed ball, cutting the Tigers lead to 2-1.

The Spinners took the lead in the third with a three run outburst. Bryan Hudson led off the inning with a single to shallow right, advancing to second on a wild pitch. After a Mauricio Dubon single moved Hudson to third, Andres Torres connected on his first home run, a three-run shot, to give the Spinners a 4-2 lead.

The lead was short-lived however as the Tigers exploded for four runs in the fourth inning. After a Verlander strike out led off the inning, Connecticut unleashed four straight singles, sandwiching two wild pitches from Heri Quevedo (0-2, 9.75), before a walk stopped the Tigers hit parade. Unfortunately another single followed and a Raymel Flores throwing error compounded the inning before a double play ended the barrage with the Tigers ahead, 6-4.

There the score would remain until the seventh inning when Edwar Garcia had a nightmare appearance, as seven of the eight batters he faced to start the inning reached base before Carlos Pinales came in and stranded both runners he inherited, leaving the score 11-4. The Tigers would add one final run in the eighth on a lead-off home run by Michael Gerber for what would be a 12-4 final.

Offensively, it was the Mars and Hudson show. Mars, a fifth round selection this June, reached base in all four of his plate appearances, coming just a home run short of the cycle in his pro debut. Hudson, stuck in a season-long slump, finished the night 3 for 4, with both adding stolen bases.

The homestand continues for the Spinners on Wednesday when the Tri-City ValleyCats return to town. It is Ryan Westmoreland Night, with a special pre-game ceremony that will begin at 6:55. First pitch from Jake Drehoff (0-0, 2.00) is slated to begin at about 7:10 p.m.