LOWELL, MA - The Lowell Spinners defeated the Hudson Valley Renegades 7-4 on Friday night, splitting the first two games of a three-game series. The Renegades put together a late inning rally with four runs in the last six innings, but fell short to the Spinners in their second visit to Edward A. LeLacheur Park. With the loss, Hudson Valley drops to 29-12 this season, and 13-9 on the road. They remain atop the New York-Penn League with the best overall record and have won seven of their last ten contests.
The Spinners jumped on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. They’d go on to add three more runs in the third inning and two in the eighth, scoring seven runs on twelve hits. Hudson Valley scored their first run in the top of the sixth inning, one in the eighth and two in the ninth. They are now 3-2 against the Stedler Division in 2014.
Hunter Wood got the start on the hill, and went four innings of five-run baseball. With four strikeouts he now has 34 this season, and in 61 innings pitched an impressive 2.66 earned run average. Kyle McKenzie and Justin McCalvin each pitched two innings in the outing, as both struck out three hitters and only allowed one walk combined.
Offensively, the Renegades had eight hits and three players with multi-hit performances. Braxton Lee, Hunter Lockwood and Alec Sole all picked up two hits in the contest. Casey Gillaspie and Grant Kay each went 1-4 and drove in a run at the plate.
After tonight’s games the Renegades still have an eight game lead in first place of the McNamara Division over the Staten Island Yankees. Brooklyn stands ten games back in third and the Aberdeen IronBirds 16.5 games back.