NORWICH, CONN. — Three Lowell Spinners pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts and the team took advantage of a booted groundball in the ninth inning to score the only run of the game, as the Spinners opened the 2013 season with a 1-0 squeaker over the Connecticut Tigers last night at Dodd Stadium.
For manager Bruce Crabbe, it was his 100th victory as manager of the Spinners.
The game was scoreless through eight innings, with each team only mustering one threat each.
Lowell (1-0) took advantage of a bit of luck in the ninth inning as Kendrick Perkins drew a one-out walk, stole second and then scored as Connecticut (0-1) second baseman Dominic Ficociello booted a groundball and Perkins scooted home.
Spinner starter Sergio Gomez was almost untouchable, giving up just one hit over five innings, striking out eight without walking a batter. The native of Cartagena, Colombia retired the first seven batters he faced, and then after a double in the third, set down the last eight batters after that.
Jonathan Aro was almost as dominant as Gomez, striking out six Tigers in three innings for the victory.
The Spinners had just four hits, and they came from the bottom of the order, with Cleluis Rondon and David Sopilka collecting two singles each.