EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 1, 2013

Bucky Dent'skid ruins perfect game for Spinners

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Stroman K’s 13in Fisher Cats win

What a July it was for Marcus Stroman. The Fisher Cats’ right-hander was dazzling once again on Wednesday night, striking out 13 Bowie Baysox (54-55) in a 6-2 Fisher Cats victory. Stroman’s strikeouts were paired with a big offensive night for Andy Burns to help the Fisher Cats (53-55) snap a season-worst seven-game losing streak and even their series with the Baysox at one win each.

Stroman set the tone in the bottom of the first inning with a 1-0 lead. He struck out the first two batters before a issuing a two-out walk. Undeterred, he struck out cleanup hitter Brandon Waring for his third K of the night.

The only speed bump for Stroman came in the second, still nursing that 1-0 lead. He gave up a lead-off single before Seth Loman belted a two-run homer to right to give the Baysox a brief lead at 2-1.

That’s when Burns and the offense rallied for their starter. Burns tied it up at 2 with a solo homer in the second, his third. He then drove in one of three runs the Fisher Cats tallied in the fourth to re-take the lead at 5-2.

Burns finished the night 3-for-5, falling a triple short of the cycle. Kevin Nolan and Tommy Manzella also drove in runs as part of the three-run fourth inning.

But the story of the night was Stroman. After giving up the homer in the second, he allowed just one more hit through 6.2 innings. He struck out two batters in each inning from the third through the seventh, leaving the game after his 13th punch out, tying the franchise record for the second time this month. He finished July with a 2-1 mark and 2.70 ERA (12 ER in 40.0 IP). More impressively, he reached double digits in strikeouts in half of his six starts, finishing the month with 55 K’s against just 10 walks.