Spinners End Season with Thrilling Walk-off Victory
LOWELL -- It was a great game from start to finish filled with strong pitching, timely hitting and a walk-off victory for the Lowell Spinners, who ended their 2018 season with a 5-4 victory over the Connecticut Tigers in 10 innings on Monday afternoon.
Lowell (37-38) won its final three games of the season, a four-win increase over last year’s team.
A late-rally in the ninth inning tied the game 4-4 when the Spinners loaded the bases and Dylan Hardy came in to score on a wild pitch, delighting the crowd at LeLacheur Park.
Alan Marrero kicked off the 10th inning by reaching on a fielder’s choice. After a series of wild pitches, he moved over to third base with Juan Carlos Abreu at the plate. Victory was delivered on a single to right field by Abreu to bring in Marrero.
The Tigers (29-44) struck first with two runs in the fifth off Yorvin Pantoja. For the game, Pantoja threw five innings, allowed one earned run, a pair of walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Lowell added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Korby Batesole led off the inning with a single. Hardy later drove him in with an RBI double to make it 2-1.
The Spinners tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when Trey Ganns ripped a one-out double to get things started. Marrero added a double of his own to bring in Ganns, tying the game at 2-2.
Connecticut stormed back in the eighth inning with two runs off Logan Browning to take a late 4-2 lead.
Lowell began to chip away with a run in the eighth when Ganns drew a one-out walk. Tyler Esplin singled and Marrero was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Korby Batesole. A groundout was enough to bring home Ganns, cutting the lead to 4-3.