The Vermont Lake Monsters are right in the thick of a pennant drive with the Oneonta Tigers (Detroit Tigers affiliate) and the Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox affiliate) and last weekend had a huge four game series in Lowell against the Spinners. The Lake Monsters dropped two of the first three games of that series, and as of Monday morning held a 31 - 25 record and were tied for second place in the N.Y.-Penn Leagues Stedler division with the Spinners. Both teams trailed Oneonta by three games.
In Thursday nights opener Lowell pitching held Vermont to just five hits and delivered the Lake Monsters a 7 - 3 defeat. Vermonts all-star first baseman Bill Rhinehart collected three of those five hits, including a two run double in the fifth inning. Jake Rogers and Daniel Lyons got Vermonts only other hits. Hassan Pena started and took the loss for Vermont. In his five innings of work Pena allowed five runs on six hits and fell to four and three on the year. Ryne Lawson, who came on in relief for starter Nick Hagadone after Hagadone pitched three hitless innings, picked up the win for the Spinners. Lawson pitched four innings, and gave up two earned runs on four hits to pick up the win. He stands at four and two following the win.
Designated hitter Oscar Tejeda delivered a two out two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning to lift the Spinners past Vermont 3 - 1 last Friday in the second game of the series. Scott Lonergan picked up his first win of the year after coming in for starter Jordan Craft. Lonergan worked just one two thirds innings of scoreless ball, allowing just a pair of hits and two strikeouts. Felix Ventura picked up hi thirteenth save of the season by pitching the ninth for Lowell. Brandon Whiting had four hits for the Lake Monsters in defeat, and third baseman Anthony Benner accounted for their only run when he led off the third inning with a homerun to right, his first round tripper of the season. Cole Kimball started and took the loss for Vermont. Lowell moved into a tie with the win.