Vermont's only professional baseball team, the Lake Monsters, opened their 2010 season by hosting the Lowell Spinners (Red Sox affiliate) this past weekend in Burlington. The two teams split the first two games, before Vermont captured the third game to take the series two games to one.
In the opener last Friday night the Lake Monsters broke a scoreless tie by scoring 5 runs in the 4th, and cruised from their to a 9-4 win. Second basemen Hendry Jiminez and right fielder Wade Moore led the Monster's offensive attack. Jiminez was 2-for-5, with a double, 2 RBIs and he scored once. Moore was 2-for-4, including a two-run homerun in the six run fourth inning, and he also scored once. Chad Mozingo also contributed by driving a two-run double to right in that fateful fourth inning.
The Spinners got two hits apiece from second baseman Joe Garcia and left fielder Brandon Jacobs. Garcia had a double and scored once in his 4 trips to the plate, while Jacobs drove in a run in the losing effort.
Bobby Hansen picked up the win in relief for the Lake Monsters. Hansen worked 2 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up just one hit with two strikeouts. He relieved Vermont's starter Taylor Jordan. Jordan worked the first 4 2/3 innings giving up four runs (only one earned) on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts and one walk. Glenn Gibson finished up the game by pitching the two innings of perfect baseball, striking out 3 of the 6 hitters he faced.
Starter Roman Mendez suffered the loss for Lowell. In his three plus innings of work Mendez gave up 6 runs (only 3 earned) on 3 hits, including Moore's homerun. He also had 3 strikeouts and issued a pair of walks.
In the second game of the series played last Saturday in Burlington the Lowell Spinners scored 5 runs into the final 2 innings to open up a 1-0 lead and cruise to a 6-2 win. Vermont would have been shutout, but with 2 outs, and a man on first in the bottom of the ninth, Lowell pitching issued 4 straight walks, accounting for the Lake Monsters only runs.