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Brett Vertigan went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and John Wooten had a two-run single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games as the Vermont Lake Monsters earned a split of a New York-Penn League doubleheader with a 5-1 victory over Lowell on Tuesday afternoon after the Spinners had taken the opener of the twinbill 5-1.

Vermont trailed 1-0 in game two when they scored three runs in the third without the benefit of a base hit off Spinners reliever Zach Good. After back-to-back walks to  open the inning, Brett Vertigan bunted for a single and advanced all the way around to third as both runners scored on a Good throwing error down the rightfield line. Vertigan then scored on a wild pitch from Good for a 3-1 Lake Monsters advantage.

Lake Monsters added two more runs in the fifth as Jensi Peralta led off with a walk and advanced to third on a Vertigan double before both runners scored on a John Wooten two-run single to center. That single for Wooten, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. After Vermont starter J.C. Menna left after 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts, relievers Tucker Healy and Austin House combined to retire the final 10 Spinner batters (including seven by strikeout). 

The Spinners scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning of the opener to take a 4-1 lead. After Lowell loaded the bases off Vermont starter Tyler Vail, Kendrick Perkins gave the Spinners a 2-1 lead when he scored on a Stuart Pudenz wild pitch. Matt Gedman followed with a two-run single to center and Oscar Perez added an RBI double in the sixth for a 5-1 Lowell lead. 

Vermont cut the deficit in half with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Wooten RBI single and fielding error by left fielder Dreily Guerrero. Jacob Tanis had an RBI single in the first for the Lake Monsters, who were outhit 6-4 in the opener. Vail (0-2) allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings for the loss, while Lowell reliever Francisco Taveras (2-1) gave up two runs (one earned) over three innings for the win.

Vermont (18-18) now hits the road for a six-game roadtrip to Auburn and Aberdeen before returning to Centennial for a six-game homestand beginning on Wednesday, August 1st.
--Lake Monsters Media Release--
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