EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 27, 2013

Callahan dominant in Spinners' win

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Lowell starter Jamie Callahan’s perfect-game bid was broken up with no outs in the sixth inning. But his strong performance led the Spinners to a 6-0 victory in Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Connecticut Tigers last night.

Connecticut won 3-2 in Game 2.

Callahan (2-1, 4.55) hadn’t pitched in almost two weeks. He faced the minimum numbers of hitters in his six innings and struck out eight. The 18-year old from South Carolina had struggled in his previous four outings. But last night he was sensational.

He retired the first 15 hitters before allowing a single to Tigers third baseman Brett Harrison in the sixth.

Mike Adams, who the Red Sox drafted in the seventh round this year, made his long-awaited season debut and pitched an inning of relief, allowing just one hit and striking out one.

Spinners hitters combined to bang out 15 hits in Game 1. Kevin Mager went 4 for 4. Carlos Asuaje was 2 for 4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI.

Nathan Minnich and Nick Moore each had two hits in the second game.

Fisher Cats routed

Brad Glenn was 3 for 5 with a double and run. Andy Burns with was 2 for 5 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. But New Hampshire lost 13-6 to Altoona.

Marcus Walden started for the Fisher Cats and went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out one. His ERA jumped to 3.59.

Adam Loewen, A.J. Jimenez, Brandon Jacobo, Brian Van Kirk and Tommy Manzella all added hits for New Hampshire, which dropped to 52-52.

It was a 1-1 game after four innings, but Altoona exploded for five runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.

RHP Ryan Tepera (8-6, 3.99) pitches for New Hampshire today against LHP Eliecer Navarro (2-4. 4.62). First pitch is 7:05 p.m.