The losing skid continued for the Staten Island Yankees (23-25) on Friday night as they lost the final game of the three-game series to the Lowell Spinners (21-27) by a final score of 6-3. With the score tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth inning, second baseman Jake Anderson made an errant throw to first base that allowed two runners to score.
Not only did the Baby Bombers lose the series to Lowell, they have now lost seven of their last nine games and three consecutive series. Also, they have made seven errors combined over their last two games, four of them coming on Friday.
The scoring began in the top of the second inning. After the Spinners put the first two runners on the base on a leadoff single and a walk against Staten Island pitcher Matt Borens, Lowell drove in the first run of the game with some small-ball. A sacrifice bunt by shortstop Mauricio Dubon would advance the runners to second and third, with catcher Alixon Suarez driving home third baseman Aneudis Peralta on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Staten Island would answer that run with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, center fielder Collin Slaybaugh would hit a RBI groundout to second to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, with the bases loaded again, third baseman Ty McFarland would hit a two-run double down the line in left field, scoring shortstop Jose Javier and left fielder Nathan Mikolas to make the score 3-1. For McFarland, he now has 31 RBI’s on the season (leads the team).
All three runs were scored against Lowell starter, Reed Reilly, who went three innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked two batters in the no-decision.
As for Borens, the 11th round pick in this year’s draft,, he had one of his better starts of the season. Borens went four innings for the third time in five starts, gave upt one run on two hits, striking out three batters and walking two in the no-decision. I asked manager Mario Garza after the game about if he thought this was one of Borens’ best starts of the season:
“He did a nice job,” said Garza. “He was aggressive with hitters, showed some ability to spin it tonight. He had some swing and miss on his breaking ball, which was nice, and he for the most part, pitched down in the zone.”
Staten Island would keep the Spinners off the board until the top of the seventh inning. Reliever Rony Bautista had one of his three strikeouts in the inning, but a wild pitch with one out allowed the runner to reach base. Two batters later, Ethan Carnes would come into the game for Staten Island with the bases loaded.
On Carnes’ first batter, second baseman Deiner Lopez hit a groundball to shortstop that Javier bobbled, one of his two errors on the night, which cut the lead to 3-2. Left fielder Danny Mars would then single to center field to tie the game at three. Both runs were charged to Bautista.
In the top of the ninth inning, Staten Island had reliever Matt Wotherspoon, who recently won pitcher of the week in the New York-Penn League. After an error by McFarland, a single and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases. Wotherspoon would strike the next two hitters out. Then, Peralta hit a ground ball to second which Anderson threw away from Connor Spencer at first, allowing the game-winning runs to score. Lowell would gain one more run on a wild pich to make the score 6-3.
Wotherspoon (2-2, 2.11) was charged with the loss, his second of the season, despite not of the three runs being earned. The Spinners’ pitcher who got the win was Chandler Shepherd (2-2, 4.66). The Staten Island Yankees managed to get only one hit, an Anderson single in the ninth inning, against Lowell’s bullpen over the final six innings.
Staten Island will begin a three game series against the Auburn Doubledays (21-26) on Saturday night at 7:05 PM ET. Jonathan Holder (1-1, 4.20) will get the start for the Baby Bombers against an Auburn pitcher that has yet to be announced. For the sixth round pick in this year’s draft out of Mississippi State, it will be his third start of the season.
- With two strikeouts tonight, Wotherspoon now has 11 strikeouts over his last 7.2 innings pitched. He now has a 0.80 WHIP in 11 appearances.
“He’s gotten better and better and we are so proud of him,” replied Garza. “He is a really good worker. He has showed his stuff he could play. He has shown really good command of all three of his pitches.”
- Center fielder Collin Slaybaugh extended his hitting streak to six games with a single to lead off the bottom of the first inning.