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Lowell Beats Vermont, 4-0 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 September 2007

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Lowell at Vermont
New York-Penn League Baseball
September 1, 2007

Lowell 4, Vermont 0

* Jorge Jimenez 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, including 2-run double in 3rd for 2-0 Lowell lead
* Vermont held to just 4 hits and shutout for the 2nd time in last 5 games (0 in first 64)
* 2007 draft picks Josh Smoker and Jack McGeary made their pro debuts on Saturday
* Vermont (34-35) has lost 10 of 12 to fall below the .500 mark for 1st time this season

BURLINGTON, VT --- Jorge Jimenez went 2-for-4 with two doubles, including a two-run double to for the first runs of the game in the third inning, while three Spinner pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as Lowell defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters 4-0 in New York-Penn League action Saturday night at historic Centennial Field.

Two of the Washington Nationals top selections in the 2007 Draft made their professional debuts with Vermont on Saturday night. Jake Smoker, the Nationals second first-round pick and the 31st selection overall, started and pitched two innings, while sixth-round pick Jack McGeary tossed one inning.

Smoker retired the side in order in the top of the first inning, then struckout the side in the second inning after allowing a leadoff walk. McGeary took over in the third and gave up back-to-back walks inbetween a pair of strikeouts.

Jimenez then lined a 3-1 pitch into the rightcenter field gap to score David Marks and Che-Hsaun Lin for a 2-0 Lowell lead. McGeary (0-1) got a groundout to end the inning, finishing with two runs on one hit, two walks and two strikeouts in his only inning.

The Spinners added a run in the fourth when Will Vazquez singled off the first base bag to score Carlos Fernandez, then Lowell (39-31) added an unearned run in the sixth on a pair of Dan Lyons’ errors to complete the scoring.

Lowell starter Jordan Craft (7-3) allowed three hits over five scoreless innings for the win, while Wily Mota and Felix Ventura both tossed two shutout innings of relief.  Vermont reliever Adrian Alaniz, who had been a starter in his last eight appearances, allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

The loss was the second shutout of the season against Vermont, both coming in  the last five games after the Lake Monsters had not been shutout in the first 64 games of the season.

Vermont (34-35) has lost 10 of its last 12 games to fall below the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Lake Monsters have three games remaining in the four-game series with Lowell at Centennial, including a 5:05 pm game on Sunday with Colton Willems scheduled to start for Vermont.

NOTES: Vermont is now 3-8 against Lowell this season, including 1-3 at Centennial Field ... Garrett Bass was activated off of the disabled list before Saturday night’s game and was 0-for-4 as the designated hitter ... To make room on the roster for Bass, pitcher Glenn Gibson was placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2007 )
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