The Spinners took a 2-0 lead in the third off Vermont starter Billy Ott, making his Lake Monsters debut after starting two games earlier this month for Single-A Hagerstown. A hit batter and two singles loaded the bases before Ott walked Brandon Jacobs to force home the first run and then Mark Wagner scored on a force out.
Brentz made it 3-0 in the fifth inning as he smacked a 2-0 pitch from reliever Ryan Demmin over the wall in leftfield for his fourth home run of the season. The Spinners added another run in the sixth as Felix Sanchez hit a groundball single to left that got past Kevin Keyes allowing David Renfroe to score from second base.
That run would prove key as the Lake Monsters scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Wade Moore had scored on a throwing error by relief pitcher Charle Rosario that put Vermont runners on first and second, Hendry Jimenez reached on a bunt single that scored both runs when Rosario again threw wild to first base.
Jimenez advanced to third on the throwing error with no outs, but was left there as the tying run when Blake Kelso grounded back to Rosario, Jason Martinson stuck out looking and Ronnie LaBrie struck out swinging. Vermont also had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh before two straight strikeouts. The Lake Monsters ended the night 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-4 with a runner on third with less than two outs.
Ryne Miller (1-0), on a rehab assignment from Double-A Portland, earned the win for Lowell with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts in his first appearance for the Spinners. Starter Hunter Cervenka had allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings, but had also walked five Lake Monsters.