Extra innings baseball not enough for Lowell Spinners, twice

Spinners struggle in doubleheader. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)
Spinners struggle in doubleheader. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)
Spinners struggle in doubleheader. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports) spinners Extra innings baseball not enough for Lowell Spinners, twice Lowell Spinners822
Spinners struggle in doubleheader. (Photo/Justin Soderberg/Mill City Sports)

LOWELL, Mass. — After having Friday night’s game rained out, the Lowell Spinners and Staten Island Yankees took LeLacheur Park on Saturday afternoon for a two seven-inning game doubleheader.

Both teams managed to keep each other off the scoreboard in the first two innings, but the Yankees struck first during the top of the third inning to give Staten Island the 1-0 advantage, a lead they would hold until the bottom of the 5th.

With one out in the 5th Tate Matheny singled to field and proceeded to steal second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Yankees first baseman Kevin Cornelius with Kyri Washington at the plate. With Matheny on third, Washington single on a ground ball off the pitcher and to second base, scoring Matheny.

The Spinners and Yankees made quick work of the sixth and seventh inning without allowing any runs, forcing the game into “extra innings.”

Lowell had the best chance of the night to take the lead and the win over the Yankees when Austin Rei reached on a throwing error and made his way to second base. Spinners manager Joe Oliver opted to replace Rei with Brandon Magee at second as a pinch runner. On the next at bat, Jeremy Rivera singled on a line drive to centerfield. Magee was waved around third by Oliver, but was gunned down by centerfielder Jeff Hendrix. A decision most people agreed with, but Oliver declined to comment following the game.

Brandon Wagner gave the Yanks the lead with a single to left field in the top of the 9th inning, scoring Thairo Estrada from third. Ryan Krill followed up with a single of his own, scoring Cornelius and giving Staten Island a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom half.

Lowell managed to get a run back with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, but was unable to close the gap all the way and fell to the Yankees, 3-2.

Second game didn’t get any better

Lowell got a second chance to pickup a win on Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader. However, in the second game they needed extra innings once again and weren’t able to get a different result.

The Spinners were met with a starter for Staten Island who was on a mission. Domingo Acevedo, a 6-foot-7 righty, tossed 6.0 innings with one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 10. Although he was unable to pick up the win, he definitely kept the Yankees in the game.

Logan Boyd also pitched well during the second game with 6.0 innings of two-run baseball and six strikeouts.

Lowell got on the board in the 1st, but the Yankees quickly rebounded in the second to even the score at 1-1. Staten Island added a second run on a Trey Amburgey home run to left field in the 4th inning to take the lead and held the lead until the Spinners were able to knot it back up in the bottom of the 7th, sending the game into extra innings.

Both teams threaten during the 8th and 9th inning, but it was the Yankees in the top of the 10th that finally was able to put a run across the plate and put pressure on the Spinners.

Things got heated during the final few outs of the game when a Alixon Suarez hit was originally called foul was overturned to an out in a questionable play. The Boston Red Sox minor league infield coordinator Andy Fox was tossed from the ballgame for arguing with the umpires from the dugout, followed by Joe Oliver who defended his coaching staff.

Lowell was unable to overcome the pressure and ended in another loss, 3-2.

The Spinners and SI Yankees will complete their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. eastern at LeLacheur Park.