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Monsters Meet Spinners with Thornton at Centennial

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All nine Lowell starter had at least one hit, including solo homers from Jordan Betts and Danny Mars, to hand the Vermont Lake Monsters a 6-3 New York-Penn League loss on Monday night at historic Centennial Field.

Former Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton signed autographs for about 90 minutes during the game.  He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  After this season, the Bruins informed Thornton that they wouldn't be bringing him back, making the 37-year-old forward a free agent. He was quickly signed to a two year contract by Florida worth $1.2 million a season. Thornton spent seven memorable seasons with the Bruins. The high point coming in 2011, winning a Stanley Cup.

"It was 7 amazing years and I was very fortunate to be apart of that," Thornton said.  "Florida was right at the top of my list I was very fortunate that they were interested in me as much as I was in that organization. It all worked out we're pretty happy to be working out in F-L-A anyways, got some nice winters coming up."

The Lake Monsters took a 1-0 lead in the third on a bases loaded walk to John Nogowski, but the Spinners wasted no time tying the game in the fourth on a leadoff homer from Jordan Betts, his fourth home run of the season. Mars then led off the fifth with his first home run of the season for a 2-1 Lowell lead. The two homers gave the Spinners seven home runs in just four games at Centennial Field, while Lowell has hit just eight other homers in its other 20 games.

Nick Longhi added an RBI double in the fifth and the Spinners took a 5-1 lead in the sixth by scoring two runs on three hits off reliever Jordan Schwartz, the fourth-round pick in 2014 draft out of Niagara University who was making his Lake Monsters debut. After Lowell got an RBI single from David Spolika in the seventh, Vermont cut the deficit to 6-3 with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Max Kuhn got the Lake Monsters to within three runs in the eighth with his first home run of the season for Vermont. Kuhn, a 13th-round pick in his year's draft out of the University of Kentucky, hit the homer on the first pitch he saw from former Wildcats teammamte Chander Shepherd, the Red Sox 13th-round selection in the 2014 draft out of UK.

Randy Perez (2-2) allowed one run on five hits over five innings to earn the victory for Lowell (12-12), which snapped a three-game losing streak with the win. Carlos Pinales allowed a pair of one-out singles in the ninth, but struckout both Ben McQuowwn and Joe Bennie looking to end the game and pick up his league-leading seventh save. Raymel Flores had three hits for the Sinners, including an RBI double, while Mars and Betts both scored two runs to go along with their home runs.

Vermont starter Jerad Grundy (0-3) allowed three runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings to take the loss, while Daniel Gossett retired all six Lowell batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings. Yairo Munoz, McQuown and Bennie each had two hits in the loss for the Lake Monsters, who fell to 9-15 overall with the defeat.

The two teams will wrap up the quick two-game homestand for Vermont on Tuesday morning at a special start time of 11:05 am. The Lake Monsters then head out on a six-game roadtrip to Williamsport and Jamestown before returning to Centennial Field on Wednesday, July 17th to start a six-game homestand.

Courtesy: Vermont Lake Monsters

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