---- — WILLIAMSPORT — The Lowell Spinners cut down a pair of would be runs at home plate and the offense delivered timely hits as the team started a three-game series in Williamsport with a 6-2 win over the CrossCutters yesterday.
Williamsport (16-15) ended Ty Buttrey’s string of back-to-back scoreless starts with a first inning run as Gustavo Martinez led off with an infield single. He would steal second and advance to third on a Buttrey wild pitch before coming in on an RBI single by Andrew Knapp to give the Cutters a 1-0 lead.
Lowell (18-13) broke the game open in the third inning in a rally started by a one-out single from Forrestt Allday. Aaron King had the big hit, a two-run double to give the Spinners a 4-1 lead.
Allday and Tzu-wei Lin would pace the Spinners offense, each reaching base four times atop the lineup. Allday walked three times in addition to his third inning single, while Lin had two hits and two walks. Each stole a base and scored two runs.
Buttrey pitched in-and-out of trouble, allowing one run on six hits and a walk, striking out four in four innings pitched. Francisco Taveras (1-0, 4.50), a 2012 NYPL All-Star rehabbing from Greenville, allowed a run on two hits and a walk, striking out two in two innings for the win.
Kyle Martin extended his scoreless inning streak to seven with two perfect innings, while Joe Gunkel pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one, to close out the win.
The two teams meet again at 5:05 Sunday afternoon when Red Sox 2013 2nd round selection Teddy Stankiewicz makes his professional debut. Stankiewicz will be followed to the hill by Sergio Gomez after a maximum of two innings.
Fisher Cats roll on
TRENTON — The New Hampshire Fisher Cats continue to surge, defeating Trenton 7-4 last night.
Leadoff man Adam Loewen was the sparkplug for the Fisher Cats, going 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Gabe Jacobo was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Tommy Manzella was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
Sean Nolin started for the Fisher Cats (51-47) and got the win.