The Cyclones completed a 2-game sweep over the Lowell Spinners, thanks to 2 come backs in the late innings. With a crowd of 7,169 on hand rocking their Pinstripe Giveaway jerseys and celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, both Cyclones starter Kevin Canelon & Spinners starter Javier Rodriguez, took no-hitters into the 3rd.
In the Top of the 3rd, Lowell’s Jhon Nunez hit a 1-out double to center. Jeremy Rivera hit the ball right back to Canelon, who, along with 3B David Thompson and SS Alfredo Reyes got Nunez in a rundown, but allowed Rivera to go to 2nd. Rivera would steal 3rd, but Tate Matheny flew out to end the inning.
In the Bottom of the 3rd, Enmanuel Zabala led off with a singled to 3rd. Pedro Perez grounded out, moving Zabala to 2nd. Manuel Hilario drew a walk. Reyes reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Vinny Siena hit a screaming line drive that landed in the glove of 1B Tucker Tubbs. David Thompson grounded into a force out that ended the inning, however the crowd thought that 1B Umpire Donnie Smith had blown the call.
Lowell would get on the scoreboard in the Top of the 5th. Kyri Washington hit a 1-out double to center. Aneudis Peralta struck out on a foul tip. Nunez singled to center, scoring Washington. Canelon got out of the inning by getting Rivera to ground out.
The Cyclones wasted a huge opportunity in the Bottom of the 5th. Zabala led off with a walk and stole 2nd. Pedro Perez singled to shallow center and the throw by CF Luis Alexander Basabe nailed Zabala, who should not have been running on a shallow play, but sent Perez to 2nd. A passed ball sent Perez to 3rd and Hilario walked. Daniel Gonzalez came in to pitch. With 1st & 3rd and 1 out, the logical thing would have been to have Hilario steal 2nd to break up a double play. Cyclones Manager Tom Gamboa did not have that happen, which is why when Alfredo Reyes grounded to short, it was an inning ending double play, keeping Brooklyn off the scoreboard.
To the Top of the 8th the game went with Canelon still on the field. Peralta led off with a single to center and a bunt by Nunez made it 1st & 2nd. Rivera laid down a bunt, something Gamboa hasn’t done, that made iot 2nd & 3rd with 1 away. Matheny hit one far and deep. Zabala made a great catch, but it did score Peralta, making it 2-0 Spinners. With Nunez now on 3rd, Basabe popped out to end the inning.
The Cyclones bats were dormant in the bottom half of the inning. After throwing 94 pitches, Canelon was pulled for Johnny Magliozzi, who pitched a perfect Top of the 9th for Brooklyn.
The game went to the Bottom of the 9th. Thompson led off with a double to left and Brandon Brosher reached on an infield single. Spinners Manager Joe Oliver called in Trevor Kelley to pitch. A wild pitch by Kelley made it 2nd and 3rd for the Cyclones. Hengelbert Rojas grounded out, but scored Thompson and sent Brosher to 3rd. Zach Mathieu grounded out, scoring Brosher to tie the game at 2. Zabala reached on an error and would then steal 2nd. Perez was hit by pitch and Jose Garcia was sent in to hit for Hilario. Garcia grounded out, but the Cyclones avoided the loss as the game went to extras.
Alex Palsha came in to pitch the Top of the 10th and gave up a walk to Washington. Peralta bunted the ball back to Palsha who nailed Washington at 2nd. Nunez walked, moving Peralta to 2nd. Palsha managed to strike out Rivera & Matheny to avoid any damage.
Carlos Valdez came in to pitch the Top of the 11th. Basabe singled to left and a sacrifice bunt by Victor Acosta sent Basabe to 2nd. Tubbs grounded out, without advancing Basabe. Tyler Spoon singled to right and scored Basabe to give Lowell a 3-2 lead. With Washington up, Valdez got the running Spoon in a pickoff to end the inning.
Brosher led off the Bottom of the 11th with a double to right. Rojas singled to center, moving Brosher to 3rd. Mathieu doubled to right, scoring Brosher to tie the game at 3-3 and advancing Rojas to 3rd. With runners on 2nd & 3rd with no outs in a tie game, Trevor Kelley intentionally walked Zabala to load the bases and set up a force at home.
Pedro Perez came up in a big spot and with a 2-2 count, Perez got hit by a pitch for the 2nd time by Kelley, giving the Cyclones a 4-3 win and a sweep of the Spinners.
With the win, the Cyclones are now 27-30 and stand 2 games outta 1st place.