[Note: All Times EDT / All pitchers listed subject to change]
Salem Red Sox (1-1)
Trey Ball allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over 5 ⅔ innings; whiffing three and uncorking two wild pitches. Mario Alcantara twirled two scoreless innings in relief of Ball, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out two. Jamie Callahan logged the final 1 ⅓ innings, gifting two hits and a walk while striking out a pair.
Jayce Ray roped a home run and a single while drawing a walk in his four plate appearances. Joseph Monge, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Rafael Devers each contributed a pair of hits in four at-bats; Devers with a downtown shot. Jose Sermo smashed a double and earned a walk in four trips. Nick Longhi singled once in four forays. Jordan Procyshen and Jeremy Rivera each went hitless in four official at-bats; Procyshen providing a sacrifice bunt. Deiner Lopez struck out twice in four frustrating forays.
Lowell Spinners (0-2)
Jason Groome worked the first 3 ⅓ innings, yielding one run on two hits – including a Garrett Whitley gopher ball – and two walks; striking out three. Groome allowed just one of those baserunners in the first three innings – picking off the one man he let on. However, he allowed three consecutive hitters to reach in the fourth. Kyle Hart induced a double play to finish the fourth, and then retired the side in order in the fifth – but then all hell broke loose in the sixth. After a leadoff ground out; Hart gave up a single, a walk, and another single, which scored a run. Hart then induced another groundout, but a second run scored, tying the game. He then coughed up a two-run long ball to Nathaniel Lowe, and the lead. Algenis Martinez relieved Hart and got the final out in the sixth and then pitched two more innings; giving up just a double and whiffing a quartet.
Ryan Scott, Carlos Tovar, and Jerry Downs each laced a pair of hits in four at-bats; Tovar with a double, Scott with a roundtripper, Downs with a stolen base. Chris Madera chipped in with two singles and a stolen base in his five forays. C.J. Chatham, Bobby Dalbec, and Isaias Lucena each notched a single in four official trips; Chatham adding a walk. Tyler Hill hit a double in five appearances. Yoan Aybar was unable to reach in his four at-bats. The Spinners offense left nine men on base, going a woeful 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.