Courtesy Vermont Lake Monsters
LOWELL, MA — Josh Ockimey continued his hot hitting against the Lake Monsters this season as the Spinners first baseman went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead Lowell to a 7-1 victory over Vermont in New York-Penn League action Sunday afternoon at LeLecheur Park,
With an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run double to cap off a four-run Spinners sixth inning, Ockimey is hitting .371 (13-for-37) with six doubles, three homers and 16 RBI in just 10 games against Vermont this season (.253 with seven doubles, one homer and 22 RBI in 45 games against other NY-Penn League teams).
Lowell held a 1-0 lead on the Ockimey first-inning RBI single until the fourth when the Lake Monsters tied the game on a Chris Iriart one-out single and two-out Ryan Howell RBI double down the leftfield line, but the Spinners quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth on an Austin Rei RBI single and a run-scoring wild pitch. Lowell then broke the game in the sixth on a Tyler Spoon two-out, two-run single and Ockimey’s two-run double for a 7-1 lead.
Vermont starter Corey Miller (2-4) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings, while reliever John Gorman almost worked out of a first-and-third no-out jam in the sixth with two strikeouts before allowing the pair of two-run hits to Spoon and Ockimey. Trace Loehr went 2-for-4 with a double for the Lake Monsters, while reliever Logan Boyd (4-0) allowed just one hit with three strikeouts over 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win for Lowell (37-38).
The Lake Monsters have finished with a 33-43 record in each of the last three seasons (2012-14) and head into the final day of the 2015 season with a 32-42 record, meaning that Vermont will finish with either 33 wins or 43 losses for the fourth straight year depending on the outcome of the 1:05 pmgame at Lowell on Monday.