LOWELL – After six innings of one-hit baseball on Friday night in Connecticut, Jamie Callahan did one better Wednesday night, throwing six perfect innings as the Spinners came within two outs of the first perfect game in franchise history. A one-out single by Cody Dent, son of Bucky, broke up the perfecto, as Lowell cruised to a 7-0 win over the Auburn Doubledays at LeLacheur Park.
Auburn (13-30) was in trouble right from the get-go, as Callahan struck out the game’s first two batters in a 1-2-3 inning that would be the start of things to come.
Lowell (24-18) jumped on Doubledays starter R.C. Orlan in the bottom half of the inning. Forrestt Allday led off the inning taking a pitch of his left shoulder and Tzu-Wei Lin followed with the first home run of his professional career, a line-shot off the right-field scoreboard, to give the Spinners a 2-0 lead.
As Callahan breezed through the first three innings, striking out four of the nine batters he faced, the Spinners added a run in the third inning on an RBI single from Colorado, pushing the lead to 5-0, and added single runs in the fourth and seventh inning to extend the lead to 7-0 but it was the pitching that was the story.
Callahan was on cruise control, striking out the side in the sixth inning to end his outing. Mike Adams followed with two perfect innings striking out two to set the stage for Taylor Grover in the ninth inning.
After a spectacular diving catch by Minnich at first for the innings first out Dent, forever known in Lowell as Cody “Bleepin’” Dent, delivered a bloop single to center field for a clean single and the Doubledays first base runner of the game. The Doubledays would add a second hit but Grover got out of the inning unscathed as the Spinners came out on top, 7-0.