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Minors: Spinners close home schedule, but 2010 Draft pick set to make debut

Posted by Joshua Kummins on September 3, 2010

The Lowell Spinners closed their home schedule quietly on Thursday night as they fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU), 3-1. Lowell got on the board in the seventh inning after a lead-off walk by Brandon Jacobs. After two quick outs, Jacobs came around to score on a double by David Renfroe struck to deep center field, cutting the lead to 3-1.

When the Spinners travel to Hudson Valley (TB) for a three-game, season-ending series, 2010 draftee Chris Hernandez will make his professional debut. He is scheduled to start the second game of the series on Saturday, while Hunter Cervenka and Madison Younginer start before and after. The Miami product was selected in the seventh round of June’s Draft and turned pro after three seasons with the Hurricanes. He broke onto the scene in his freshman season with the Hurricanes (2008), going 11-0 with a 2.72 ERA and 117 strikeouts. This year, he went 10-3 with a 2.77 ERA and 106 strikeouts.

* Mike Andrews of SoxProspects.com recently sat down with Boston’s Dierctor of Ameteur Scouting Amiel Sawdaye and put together a great Q&A on their News section. Check it out, its a great read!

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Postgame Journal: No miracle on the diamond; Spinners’ streak snapped in opener against ValleyCats

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 31, 2010

Ryan Westmoreland chats with 2010 draft pick Bryce Brentz as he returned to Lowell last night. (John Corneau/Lowell Spinners)

LOWELL, Massachusetts (Tuesday, August 31, 2010) – With living proof of two miracles in attendance, the Lowell Spinners could not come up with one of their own. Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione and Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland both watched the Lowell Spinners snap their four-game winning streak with a 4-0 loss to the Tri-City ValleyCats on Tuesday at LeLacheur Park.

Eruzione, the former Boston University hockey player, was the star of his own bobblehead that was given out to fans upon entrance. Westmoreland returned to his former team for the first of a series of workouts after recovering from surgery to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain just a mere six months ago. Just two prime examples that miracles do happen, although one could not be created on the diamond.

The ValleyCats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Spinners starter Madison Younginer as first baseman Marcus Nidiffer grounded a single into left field. Younginer issued two walks in the inning, including one to designated hitter Austin Wates, who scored the first run.

They extended the lead to 3-0 with one out in the third against Younginer. With Wates batting, second baseman Ben Orloff scored on a fielding error by Lowell third baseman David Renfroe. Catcher Josue Peley threw a pretty good caught stealing attempt down to third, but Renfroe could not make the play. The next batter was third baseman Tyler Burnett and he legged out an RBI single second base way, scoring Wates for the third run.

Madison Younginer uncorked a wild pitch with two out in the fifth, scoring Wates for the second time in the game. Left fielder Adam Bailey gets credit with an RBI as he was batting on the play.

Younginer exited the game after five innings, during which he allowed five hits and four runs (three earned), while walking three and fanning four. He suffered the loss and fell to 3-7 on the season.

Charlie Rosario played stopper for the Spinners, tossing four innings of three-hit ball. “I felt good with my pitch and count selection,” said the third-year Boston minor leaguer. “It’s really all about getting comfortable out on that mound.”

“Charlie had it all working for him,” Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe said. “If you control the zone, good things will happen.”

David Martinez was superb for the ValleyCats, striking out seven and scattering eight hits over seven innings for his fifth win. Joan Belliard threw two perfect innings to close the game for Tri-City in a non-save situation.

Crabbe said that the key to the loss was Younginer not controlling the running game. “That was the difference,” he said. “He didn’t control his pitches and wasn’t very consistent.”

The loss snaps the season-long four-game winning streak and Crabbe is “just looking for the same stuff” as the Spinners look for a strong finish.

The game took a brisk two hours and 13 minutes, in front of 4,888 fans.

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Welcome to LeLacheur Park!

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 31, 2010

Greetings from LeLacheur Park, where the Lowell Spinners host the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU) in the opener of a three-game series. We posted a full preview earlier today.

Here are tonight’s starting line-ups:

VALLEYCATS (34-34)
2 Ben Orloff 2B
13 Austin Wates DH
12 Tyler Burnett 3B
29 Marcus Niddifer 1B
32 Adam Bailey LF
21 Daniel Adamson CF
9 Michael Kvasnicka RF
19 Chris Wallace C
5 Jacke Healey SS

33 David Martinez RHP

SPINNERS (23-45)
34 Felix Sanchez CF
7 Jose Garcia SS
14 Bryce Brentz DH
30 Miles Head 1B
11 Josue Peley C
43 Henry Ramos RF
26 David Renfroe 3B
15 Seth Schwindenhammer LF
13 Joantoni Garcia 2B

31 Madison Younginer RHP

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Minors: You should join us in Lowell!

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 31, 2010

Why you may ask?

Well, we will be greeted by the smiling face of prospect extraordinaire Ryan Westmoreland.

Yup, the Cumberland, RI native will be working out with the Short-A Lowell Spinners and Low-A Greenville Drive this week.

Westmoreland had surgery in mid-March to remove a cavernous malformation on his brain stem and returns to the baseball diamond less than six months later.

He will not be playing in any games, but the Red Sox want him to get re-acclimated with the day-to-day life as he works out in Lowell this Tuesday-Thursday, before heading to Greenville, where most of his teammates from last season are playing today.

“Those are the guys I played with last year, it’s just different because I’ve played with those guys, I have those relationships. To put that [Greenville] uniform on, that’s going to be big,” Westmoreland told the Providence Journal. “I feel really good. I’m not nearly where I was, but to be six months out of a pretty serious surgery, and to be doing what I’m doing, I couldn’t be happier.”

In his first professional season at Lowell last summer, the New York-Penn League All-Star hit .296, with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 60 games.

Plus, you can get your hands on a Mike Eruzione “Miracle” bobblehead tonight! If you have not been up to Lowell lately, these last three games feature someone truly special to Red Sox Nation.

Good luck Ryan! We’re rooting for you.

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KCT Baseball Game Preview: Tri-City at Lowell

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 31, 2010

Lineups

  

Tonight the Lowell Spinners host the Tri-City ValleyCats (HOU) in the opener of a three-game New York-Penn League series at LeLacheur Park. Last night, Lowell swept Staten Island out of Lowell with a 6-3 win, while Tri-City topped Hudson Valley, 5-4, in 14 innings.

Last night’s win was Lowell’s fourth in a row, their longest winning streak by far this season. Tri-City has won two of three, but dropped four of six.

In the Stedler Division, Vermont (WSH) has a half-game lead on the 34-34 ValleyCats. Tri-City has a half-game lead over third-place Connecticut (DET), while the Spinners bring up the rear at 23-45 and 11.5 games out.  

Madison Younginer takes the ball for Bruce Crabbe and the Spinners, while the Tri-City starter will be minor league veteran David Martinez. Younginer is 3-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 13 starts for the Spinners this season as he took the loss in his last start on Thursday at Staten Island. He allowed four hits and three runs (two earned) over 4.1 innings in the second game of a doubleheader. He took a no-decision in his only start against Tri-City this season, a five-inning effort in Troy on July 30. Martinez has a solid 4-2 record and 2.78 ERA in 15 games (eight starts) for the ValleyCats. On Thursday, he allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings in a no-decision on the road against Hudson Valley. He allowed two hits in a win in Lowell on June 21, while he suffered the loss a week later at Bruno Stadium.

Get a quick lodown of everything you need to know for the game with this quick audio podcast.

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Postgame Journal: Spinners make it fantastic four-in-a-row against Baby Bombers

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 30, 2010

Tyler Lavigne earned his first win of the season for the Spinners. (John Corneau/Lowell Spinners)

LOWELL, Massachusetts (Monday, August 30, 2010) – The suddenly streaking Lowell Spinners made it four wins in a row with a 6-3 win over the Staten Island Yankees on Monday night at LeLacheur Park. Tonight’s win marks the first time in four tries that the Spinners were able to string together a winning streak of two or more games this season.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Spinners starter Keith Couch. After a single, a caught stealing and a flyout, third baseman Robert Segedin reached on a fielding error by shortstop Jose Garcia. First baseman Kyle Roller singled to right field and then advanced to second on another fielding error by right fielder Henry Ramos. Segedin came around to score from first on the play to give the Yanks the early advantage.

In the third, the Spinners evened the score with two outs on an RBI single by shortstop Jose Garcia. Second baseman Joantoni Garcia, who doubled, scored from second base. The next batter, designated hitter Bryce Brentz singled to right field, scoring center fielder Felix Sanchez to give Lowell a 2-1 lead. Yankee starter Dustin Hobbs retired the first two batters of the inning, before allowing four straight baserunners. Jose Garcia was gunned down at third base after Sanchez scored to end the inning.

First baseman Miles Head singled to leadoff the fourth inning and came around to score on an RBI groundout by right fielder Henry Ramos for the second out of the frame. Ramos was promoted from the GCL Red Sox prior to the game, where he hit .309 in 43 games.

Staten Island made it a 3-2 game in the fifth as left fielder Shane Brown drove in shortstop Jose Mojica on an RBI 6-3-5 double play ball. After Jose Garcia threw out Brown, first baseman Miles Head gunned out center fielder Kelvin Duran for the heads-up second out.

In the fifth, the Spinners got off to a fast start against Hobbs with nobody out. Left fielder Seth Schwindenhammer walked and came around from first on an RBI double down the left field line by Joantoni Garcia. With two outs, he came around to score on a passed ball that bounced by Staten Island catcher Gary Sanchez.

Third baseman David Renfroe made it a 6-2 game as he singled to on a high chopper to his third base counterpart Segedin. Segedin made a wide throw, allowing Renfroe to take second and Ramos to score from first base.

The Yankees cut the lead to 6-3 with two outs as Duran belted an RBI single to right field, scoring second baseman Casey Stevenson and that would turn out to be the end of the scoring.

Spinners starter Keith Couch lasted just three innings and allowed two hits and an unearned run for a no-decision. Tyler Lavigne earned his first win of the season, allowing seven hits and two runs over the minimum five innings.

Lavigne had much praise on the team’s recent success and was pleased that he is getting a small taste of winning late in the season. “We’re getting a lot better overall,” said the first-year Spinner, who came to the Sox from the Cardinals. “The defense is improving and our pitching is stronger now.”

Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe was very pleased with the outing. “It’s great,” Crabbe said. “We’re getting a little taste of greatness and it’s finally good to be on the winning end!”

The game was played in front of 4,941 fans in a brisk two hours and 21 minutes.

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Welcome to LeLacheur Park!

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 30, 2010

Greetings from LeLacheur Park, where the Lowell Spinners host the Staten Island Yankees (NYY) in the finale of a three-game series. We posted a full preview earlier today.

Here are tonight’s starting line-ups:

YANKEES (30-34)
21 Shane Brown LF
54 Cito Culver DH
29 Robert Segedin 3B
48 Kyle Roller 1B
53 Gary Sanchez C
18 Kelvin De Leon RF
35 Casey Stevenson 2B
11 Jose Mojica SS
24 Kelvin Duran CF

25 Dustin Hobbs RHP

SPINNERS (22-45)
34 Felix Sanchez CF
7 Jose Garcia SS
14 Bryce Brentz DH
30 Miles Head 1B
11 Josue Peley C
43 Henry Ramos RF
26 David Renfroe 3B
15 Seth Schwindenhammer LF
13 Joantoni Garcia 2B

25 Keith Couch RHP

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KCT Baseball Game Preview: Staten Island at Lowell

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 30, 2010

Lineups

 

Tonight the Lowell Spinners host the Staten Island Yankees (NYY) in the finale of a six-game New York-Penn League series at LeLacheur Park. The teams played three games at Richmond County Bank Ballpark and now conclude the series with the third game in Lowell.

The Spinners won their third straight game, 7-6, last night, thanks to a 3-for-4 night from left fielder Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs scored a run and drove in a pair, including a sixth-inning solo home run.

Lowell stands at 22-45, 11.5 games behind first-place Connecticut (DET) and Vermont (WSH), who both stand at an even .500. Tri-City (HOU) trails the Tigers and Lake Monsters by a half-game in the Stedler. The Yanks bring up the rear in the McNamara with a 30-34 record, which trails third-place Aberdeen (BAL) by a half-game and second-place Hudson Valley (TB) by three games in the division.

Keith Couch takes the ball for Bruce Crabbe and the Spinners, while Dustin Hobbs makes his short-season debut for the Yankees. Couch is 1-5 with a 4.74 ERA in 12 apperances (nine starts) for the Spinners this season and is no stranger to Lowell after three seasons for Adelphi University, who plays in the Northeast-10 with UMASS-Lowell. He made his last start against the Yankees on Thursday, allowing four hits and two runs over three innings for the loss. Hobbs started the season with the GCL Yankees, where he posted a solid 3-1 record and 2.30 ERA over seven starts. In his last start on August 21, he allowed just a run on five hits over five innings for the win against the GCL Tigers in Tampa.

Get a quick lodown of everything you need to know for the game with this quick audio podcast.

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Minors: Top pick Vitek promoted

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 24, 2010

This year’s first-round draft pick Kolbrin Vitek was promoted to the Low-A Greenville Drive following the announcement of a cancelled game against Vermont (WSH). In 56 games for the Spinners, he has hit .270 with four home runs and 30 RBI, which rank second on the team.

Vitek will join the Drive on their scheduled off-day Wednesday before playing in Greenville Thursday night against Ashville (COL).

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Postgame Journal: Spinners paced by three-run eighth in series opener against ‘Gades

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 20, 2010

Brandon Jacobs hit an RBI double in the eighth inning. (John Corneau/Lowell Spinners)

LOWELL, Massachusetts (Friday, August 20, 2010) – The Lowell Spinners scored three runs in the eighth inning to top the Hudson Valley Renegades, 5-2, on Friday night at LeLacheur Park. Lowell has won two of the last three games.

Spinners starter Madison Younginer struck out the side in order to open the game in the first inning. Shortstop Dio Luis and first baseman Phil Wunderlich, the first and third batters, struck out looking, while the middle batter of the inning, second baseman Elias Otero swung and missed.

Hudson Valley’s Wilmer Almonte allowed a leadoff single to center fielder Felix Sanchez, but he was caught stealing. The next two batters in second baseman James Kang and third baseman Kolbrin Vitek struck out swinging to end the inning.

Younginer walked two in the second, but was able to endue three outs without any runs or hits.

Right fielder Bryce Brentz gave the Spinners the lead on an RBI triple to right-center field with one out in the bottom of the inning. Left fielder Brandon Jacobs scored all the way from first on a ball that had a wicked ricochet off the base of the wall. Brentz came in from third on a line single into right field by the next batter, designated hitter David Renfroe.

The Renegades cut the lead in half on a one-out single in the third by Otero that was out of reach diving first baseman Miles Head. Center fielder Chris Winder came in easily from third on the hit that rolled down the right field line.

Second baseman James Kang doubled to leadoff the bottom of the third inning, but Almonte forced two fly outs and a groundout to strand Kang halfway home.

Younginer worked his second 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fourth as he struck out the final two. Almonte worked his first perfect inning in the fourth as well as he educed a strikeout, groundout and popout.

Chez Angeloni came in for the Spinners, replacing starter Younginer after just four innings of one-hit ball. Left fielder Steve Tinoco tied the game with two outs as he hit an RBI double into deep left field to bring home Luis, who singled.

Younginer was happy, despite getting a no-decision. “The offense helped me out,” said the Sox rookie. “Lockwood did a good job to close it out.”

Almonte made way for Omar Bencomo in the bottom of the frame and allowed Sanchez to reach first base on an error by the shortstop Luis with one out. Almonte lasted four innings, allowing six hits and two runs, while fanning four.

Angeloni allowed singles to the first two batters of the sixth inning, catcher Mayo Acosta and designated hitter Junior Rodriguez, but retired the 9-1-2 batters in succession to send the threat by the boards. Bencomo retired the first two batters of the sixth, before allowing a walk to Brentz, but he was caught leaning off first base and was picked off to end the inning.

Tyler Lockwood came in for Angeloni in the seventh and retired his first three batters. He received some help from his defense, particularly second baseman James Kang, who robbed Wunderlich of a base hit on an impressive diving catch several feet to his right for the second out.

The Spinners were retired 1-2-3 by Bencomo in the seventh, including two strikeouts for the first and third outs of the frame to Renfroe and shortstop Joantoni Garcia.

In the eighth, Lockwood allowed three straight baserunners, but Acosta was forced out on a fielder’s choice and two batters struck out to end the threat.

Kolbrin Vitek sent home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth as he hit an RBI double to right field to score Kang.

Jacobs gave the Spinners a 4-2 lead on an RBI double of his own to right field. Stephen Hiscock came in after the Spinners took the lead against Bencomo. Two batters later, he came around on a single through the infield by Brentz.

Lockwood walked Luis to lead off the ninth, but he then retired the final three batters for the win. He allowed just two hits and a walk over three innings for his first win. Bencomo fell to 1-3 as he allowed two hits and three unearned runs over 3.1 innings.

Manager Bruce Crabbe was pleased with his pitching during the game. “He had really good life on his fastball, which picked up his breaking ball,” he said of Lockwood. “That’s really how he needs to pitch…It was a real good night for all the pitchers. I’m proud of them.”

The Spinners and Renegades play the middle game of the series Saturday at 5:05. Tyler Wilson (2-3) starts for the Spinners, while James Patterson (2-1) is the likely starter for Hudson Valley.

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