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June 16, 2014

Red Sox' 18th round draft pick homers for first professional hit

The first hit of Jordan Betts’ professional career was one to remember. The Spinners third baseman blasted a one-out solo home run to right-center field in the fourth inning.

But the Lowell Spinners lost 6-4 to the Vermont Lake Monsters yesterday.

Betts — who isn’t related to Red Sox’ top prospect Mookie Betts — was selected in the 18th round of this month’s MLB draft out of Duke University.

Nick Longhi, Bryan Hudson and Alixon Suarez each had two-hit games. Nick Moore picked up an RBI for the third straight game to start the season.

Vermont took advantage of three walks and a wild pitch as part of a three-run eighth inning.

The Spinners (1-2) start a four-game road trip today with two-game stops in Tri-City and Connecticut. Randy Perez starts today (7:05 p.m.) in Tri-City.

Copeland strong in loss

Despite Scott Copeland’s strong start — he allowed two unearned runs, four hits and one walk while striking out four over 7.0 innings — Richmond blanked the Fisher Cats 2-0 yesterday.

Richmond’s Devin Harris hit a two-out, two-run homer for the game’s only runs.

New Hampshire (28-40) threatened in the ninth inning, putting two on base against Richmond closer Cody Hall. Mike McDade singled and Andy Burns laid down a bunt and reached on a throwing error. Hall came back to get pinch hitter Hector Gimenez to fly to center before striking out Michael Crouse to end the game.

New Hampshire had just five hits in the game but two were by Yusef Carter, who played for the first since May 11.

The Fisher Cats have today off.

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