BOSTON — Hard throwing Simon Mercedes — a 22-year-old Dominican native who the Red Sox signed in international free agency in 2012 — pitched 5.0 scoreless innings of relief, scattering six hits and one walk while striking out three.
But the Lowell Spinners lost 6-1 to Mahoning Valley at Futures at Fenway yesterday afternoon in front of 8,104.
Relievers James Shepherd and Oscar Perez failed to hold a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, combining to give up six runs, all earned.
Danny Mars, Jordan Betts and Mauricio Dubon had two hits each for the Spinners.
These two teams meet again today at LeLacheur Park (7:05 p.m. start).
Swihart blasts 10th homer
Red Sox prospect catcher Blake Swihart hit one of three homers by the Sea Dogs yesterday. Portland rallied for four runs in the eighth to win 7-6 over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
The eighth inning solo blast was Swihart’s 10th this season.
Shannon Wilkerson (2 for 5) and David Chester (3 for 4) also homered for Portland.
Pete Ruiz pitched the final four innings for the Sea Dogs, allowing just a run on three hits and no walks while striking out two.
New Hampshire’s Andy Burns stroked a career-high four hits and Jon Berti and K.C. Hobson both hit home runs for the Fisher Cats.
The two teams play again today at 12 p.m.