LOWELL -- It was Star Wars Night at LeLacheur Park and the force had to be with someone, as both the Lowell Spinners and Mahoning Valley Scrappers entered the game with lengthy losing streaks.
Scrappers 9, Spinners 3
Unfortunately for the Spinners, it was the Scrappers who snapped their eight-game losing skid with a 9-3 win over Lowell in front of 5,226 fans Saturday evening.
The loss was the Spinners' fifth straight and eighth in their last nine New York-Penn League games.
For the first time during the home stand, it was the Spinners who jumped out to an early lead on a Jordan Betts run-scoring single in the first inning.
The Scrappers took a 2-1 lead in the second and added a run in the fourth inning.
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Lowell (12-17) pulled even in the fifth inning. Jordan Procyshen led off with a double, advanced to third on a Deiner Lopez single and, after Lopez stole second, Raymel Flores brought home Procyshen with a sacrifice fly and a throwing error scored Lopez to even the score.
The Scrappers. however. would not be denied, rallying for three runs in the seventh against Brandon Show. Mahoning Valley tacked on an insurance run in the eighth and two in the ninth for a 9-3 final.
Rob Smorol started for the Spinners, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in three innings. Kuehl McEachern was stellar in his Spinners debut after arriving in Lowell just prior to the game, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Show (0-1, 6.23) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and one walk.
Danny Mars paced the Spinners offense, reaching base three times with an RBI. Nick Longhi extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 1-for-3 game, but overall the Spinners went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Spinners participate in the ninth annual Futures at Fenway Sunday afternoon. Kevin McAvoy is on the mound for the 3:30 first pitch. Tickets are available at the gate. The game will include a special 25th anniversary presentation of the classic baseball film "Field of Dreams" at Fenway Park.