Lowell, MA – August 8 – The Cyclones had their five-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday evening, falling to the Lowell Spinners 4-1. Luis Mateo (4-4) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs for the third time in his last four starts. The righthander, who was named to the NYPL All-Star Game earlier in the day, was charged with four runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out nine.
After a scoreless first inning, the Lowell Spinners got on the board in the bottom of the second in an unconventional way. Mookie Betts was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved into scoring position thanks to his 13th stolen base of the season. After a strikeout, Aneury Tavarez connected on a single to left field, but the ball was hit to sharply for Betts to score, at least it appeared that way. Stefan Sable fielded the ball cleanly and fired it towards the plate, but the ball eluded Cyclones catcher Jeff Glenn with Luis Mateo backing up the play. The Cyclones hurler then fired the ball behind the runner at third base but his throw sailed past Jeff Reynolds and in to left field allowing Betts to score easily, and providing the opportunity for Tavarez to come all the way around the bases to give Lowell the 2-0 advantage.
The Spinners added to their lead in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Jake Davies and Matthew Marquis were each aboard following a pair of singles and once again it was Tavarez connecting on the critical hit. This time the Spinners left fielder drilled a triple to left field scoring both runners and increasing Lowell’s advantage to 4-0 after six frames.
In the top of the seventh the Cyclones were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a pair of errors from Lowell. Jeff Glenn started the threat by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Dreily Guerrero which allowed him to move all the way to second. Julio Concepcion was next up and he reached when right fielder Kenderick Perkins dropped a fly ball which moved Glenn to second and put Concepcion at second base. Jeff Reynolds followed the pair of errors with a sacrifice fly that scored Glenn with the first run for the Cyclones, cutting Lowell’s advantage to 4-1.
Tim Peterson and John Mincone each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to give the Cyclones a chance to come back. Brooklyn mounted a threat in the ninth inning, getting the tying run to the plate in the person of pinch hitter Kevin Plawecki in the top of the ninth, but Yunior Ortega got the Cyclones slugger to strikeout looking for the final out of the game.
The Cyclones and Spinners will square off in the rubber game of the three-game set on Thursday evening at 7:05 pm. Luis Cessa (3-2) will toe the rubber for Brooklyn. The Cyclones will then return to MCU Park on Friday for the first game of a three-game series with the Vermont Lake Monsters before a pair of off days as the New York-Penn League breaks for the all-star game.
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