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September 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Ahearn pitches in during Spinners split


9/8 Cup of Coffee: It was the final day of the 2017 regular season, with only the Short Season-A Lowell Spinners still in action. They closed by winning in the completion of Wednesday's rain-shortened affair, followed by dropping the regularly scheduled season finale. Greenville, the only Sox affiliate remaining in the playoffs, resumes its series against Charleston on Friday. 

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The two teams matched zeroes for eight and a half innings in a contest the was halted by rain in the second inning on Wednesday. The game winning rally came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as Juan Barriento singled and came around to score on the rare walk-off triple by Michael Osinski. After Nick Duron went the first two innings, Taylor Ahearn (pictured) entered when play resumed Thursday. Ahearn was excellent, scattering three hits across five innings, striking out four. Ryan Oduber went the final two innings to get credit for the win.


The Spinners only managed three hits in the nightcap, spoiling a solid effort from a trio of hurlers. Yorvin Pantoja got the start, giving up an unearned run in three innings, striking out four against one walk. Barriento had a double for the only extra-base hit for the Spinners.

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Player of the Day: Despite finishing with a disappointing 32-42 record, the Spinners got decent pitching throughout the season. Thirty-second round pick Taylor Ahearn moved up from the Gulf Coast League at the beginning of August. Across the two levels, he posted a 3.82 and excellent 26:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Photo Credit: Taylor Ahearn by Kelly O'Connor

 
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