AUBURN | Less than 24 hours after an eighth-inning home run gave the Doubledays a win, Auburn was looking for more late-game heroics.
With tying run on base and the possible winning run at the plate, Auburn came up just short. A double play ended a potential Doubledays rally, as they fell to the Lowell Spinners, 6-5, at Falcon Park Sunday.
For Doubledays manager Gary Cathcart, the team's play followed the message the organization has preached -- to keep playing no matter what the score is.
"That's all you can ask of these guys is continue to fight and work and grind away until the end of the games," Cathcart said.
Auburn took a brief lead in the first inning, when Osvaldo Abreu reached on an error, stole second and scored on another Lowell error.
The Spinners tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Torrez in the second, took the lead on an RBI single by Danny Mars in the fourth, and tacked on two more on a Mike Meyers triple and a wild pitch in the fifth.
The Doubledays cut the Spinners lead to two in the bottom of the fifth, when Abreu tripled to drive in Bryan Langlois, who singled. But Lowell plated two more in the sixth, once on an error and another on a Jordan Betts sacrifice fly.
Auburn continued to battle and answered an inning later, when Jeff Gardner tripled and scored on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Wilmer Rodriguez scored Langlois.
Auburn's Austin Davidson led off the ninth with a double, advanced on a fielder's choice and scored on an error in the ninth. The error put the tying run on base, but the Lowell defense turned a double play to end the game.
Doubledays starter Drew Van Orden scattered 10 hits over five innings in the loss. He struck out four, walked two and allowed four earned runs.
"It just didn't just didn't look like he had a pitch to put them away with," Cathcart said.
Luis Torres allowed two walks, a hit and one run over four innings of relief for the Doubledays.
Aaron Wilkerson, recently signed out of an independent league, struck out seven in his first win for Lowell. He stymied Auburn over six innings, only allowing three hits and one earned run.
"We sure didn't do a very good job figuring out what to swing at," Cathcart said. "We chased a lot of balls up and out of the strike zone."
The Spinners' Carlos Pinales surrendered one hit and a run in the ninth, but held on for the save.
Auburn (16-19) hosts Lowell in the rubber match of the three-game set Monday before heading off on a five-game road trip.
"It's been a good week work-wise," Cathcart said. "We had a lot of (Washington Nationals) coordinators in town, and we got a lot done. We reinforced a lot of our programs."