LOWELL, Mass. — The Lowell Spinners continue to struggle to find a way to put runs on the board and things weren’t any different on Sunday afternoon during “Zombie Night” at LeLacheur Park. Lowell fell to the Staten Island Yankees, 4-0.
Entering Sunday, the Spinners have hit just .132 (20-for-152) with just eight runs over their last five games. All games ended with a loss for Lowell to bring their losing streak to a season high, which they extended on Sunday. Adding insult to injury, Lowell hit only .129 (3-for-31) with no runs during the loss.
The Spinners started the season with 69 runs over their first 10 games.
The hitting struggles began just before the all-star break when Boston Red Sox first-round pick Andrew Benintendi was promoted to the Greenville Drive. Benintendi hit two home runs in only his second game in Greenville and is currently hitting .368 (7-for-19) with six RBI and five walks.
The focus behind Single-A (short season) baseball is development and most players on the roster are making their professional debut. But the struggles are effectively pushing the Spinners, who are 4.0 games out of first place and 3.5 out of the wild card, out of playoff contention.
On a positive note, Spinners starter Austin Glorius pitched a solid 4.0 innings of three-hit baseball with no runs and three strikeouts. Glorius signed as an undrafted free agent this season and has gone 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA, nine hits and 18 strikeouts over 13.2 innings.
Lowell returns to LeLacheur Park on Monday night to start a three-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters and hope to get over this slump. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. eastern.