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Road Loss for Lowell

July 7, 2018

NORWICH, Conn. -- The end of a six-game series with the Connecticut Tigers came to a frustrating end with the Lowell Spinners falling 3-2 in 10 innings.

Both teams are now 9-12 and tied for last place in the New York-Penn League’s Stedler Division.

On a slow offensive day, starting pitcher Alexander Montero turned in arguably the best start of his career with 5.1 innings of one-run ball. He struck out nine while allowing only two hits and a pair of walks, lowering his ERA to 1.86.

Down a run in the top of the fifth, outfielder Tyler Esplin whacked a leadoff triple before Jonathan Ortega singled home the tying run to make it 1-1.

Left-hander Oddanier Mosqueda also turned in a solid performance out of the bullpen. In two innings of work he was scoreless while striking out one and allowing a pair of hits.

The game headed to extra innings tied at 1-1 and the Spinners struck first. Due to the new minor league baseball extra innings rules, Nick Hamilton started the inning on second base. After advancing to third on a balk, Hamilton came in to score on a wild pitch to put the Spinners on top 2-1.

Unfortunately the Tigers struck back in the first at-bat of the inning with Alberto Franco giving up a home run to give Connecticut the 3-2 walkoff victory.

The Spinners return to LeLacheur Park on Saturday for Star Wars Night at the ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

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