LOWELL, Mass. – The Tri-City ValleyCats suffered a series opening loss to the Lowell Spinners by a final score of 4-0 on Tuesday.
Lowell got on the board first in the fourth inning, with an RBI double by Marino Campana to make it 1-0. Yoan Aybar immediately followed that up with an RBI single of his own to make it a 2-0 lead for the Spinners.
It was more of the same in the fifth inning, with the Spinners picking up a run on a throwing error by ValleyCats’ shortstop Jonathan Arauz, before picking up an RBI single by Marino Campana to make it a 4-0 contest.
From that point on, Lowell’s pitching staff held on to the shutout, allowing five hits the entire game, with three coming from Gabriel Bracamonte. Dakota Smith went six innings of relief after Jake Thompson pitched just one inning in his second professional start. Smith and Dominic LoBrutto combined to strike out five batters over eight innings.
OF NOTE: Kit Scheetz had a solid start, but struggled in the fourth inning before ultimately being replaced by Luis Ramirez. Juan Robles provided three innings of scoreless relief to keep the ValleyCats in the game.
Dakota Smith (3-2) picked up the win in relief of Jake Thompson for Lowell, while Tri-City’s Kit Scheetz (0-3) took the loss.
The ‘Cats will play game two against the Spinners at 6:35 pm on Wednesday.
This story was edited for clarity by 518 Sports