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Spinners Plagued by Errors

July 30, 2018

LOWELL -- Sunday evening at LeLacheur Park the Lowell Spinners wrapped up their six-game homestand. The team had returned to Lowell coming off of its best stretch of the season, whe the Spinners won 11 straight from July 11-20, before dropping a doubleheader in their final two road games on the trip.

Coming back to the friendly confines of home did the team more harm than good as they wrapped up their 1-5 homestand with a 7-1 loss to the State College Spikes.

“That was a different team than I’m accustomed to seeing out there tonight,” said manager Corey Wimberly. “I feel like we just didn’t compete tonight overall.”

Lowell (21-21) fell behind early when starting pitcher Brian Brown had to come out of the game after just two innings. Brown could be seen on the bench with his throwing arm wrapped in a towel.

“That definitely played a part in the way we used the bullpen tonight,” Wimberly said.

The manager had no update on the lefty’s status: “Right now, I’m not sure on what the diagnosis may be. He’s a guy who threw a lot of innings in college. I’m not sure if the fatigue has played a part in it or not, we’ll see how it is going forward.”

The Spinners brought Taylor Ahearn on in the third inning. A walk and an error allowed the Spikes (18-23) to put a couple of men on base and then Edwin Figuera made the Spinners pay. He hit a double to drive in the game’s first two runs and give State College a 2-0 lead. Stanley Espinal followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.

In the fifth inning, errors bit the Spinners once more. A second error at shortstop by Grant Williams allowed another run to cross and the Spikes had a 5-0 advantage. Errors have been an issue lately for Lowell.

Over the course of the five-game losing streak, the team has committed eight errors. fact, the last time the Spinners played a game without committing an error was on July 20.

“Defense has been the issue. When we don’t take care of the ball, it tends to bite us almost every single night,” said Wimberly. “We’re going to really put an emphasis on making the routine plays and controlling the running game.”

Lowell’s only production came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kole Cottam hit an RBI single to score Trey Ganns. The Spinners were outhit 11-5 and only mustered two hits through the first six innings.

Taylor Ahearn took the loss for Lowell. Kevin Biondic threw three innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits. Victor Garcia threw a scoreless ninth inning. Diego Cordero got the win for State College, going 6.1 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits.

The Spinners now head out onto the road for six straight and will look to break their five-game losing streak. They visit the Hudson Valley Renegades on Monday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

“I really got a good feeling about getting back on track here, going into this road trip,” Wimberly said. “So we’ll see how it goes.”

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