Rain cuts short Futures at Fenway games

Rain cuts short Futures at Fenway games

BOSTON -- The rain came down at Fenway Park Saturday, drenching the field and even the clubhouses, preventing the first game of the 5th annual Futures at Fenway doubleheader between the Class A Jamestown Jammers and Lowell Spinners from going the full nine innings and canceling the second game between the Carolina League's Potomac Nationals and Salem Red Sox.

Officials cancelled the second game due to the compromised condition of the field of play after the heavy downpour during the first game, and additional heavy rain predicted later in the evening. It is the first time a Futures at Fenway game has been rained out.

Jammers first baseman Aaron Senne was at the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning when the umpires called the game, handing the Spinners a 7-2 loss in front of 22,940 at Fenway.

"I feel sorry for the players to not get the full effect, but we got to take batting practice and that was good for them," Spinners manager Bruce Crabbe said.

Spinners starter Madison Younginer got into trouble early and often. The righty got out of the first inning unscathed, yet the second inning wasn't as kind to Younginer.

After getting two groundouts to start the inning, he issued two straight walks. Jammers shortstop Noah Perio then belted a double to center field, scoring a pair. Two more runs scored after that thanks to two consecutive singles by right fielder Marcell Ozuna and Ryan Fisher, making the score 4-0.

"[Younginer's] command was bad today, he didn't command the strike zone," Crabbe said. "And when that happens, you can't get your secondary stuff over. It doesn't matter how good the guys are, they can hit fastballs.

"When you are not in the zone, you aren't getting pitches called for you and you don't have hitters off balance, they are waiting on one pitch and that pretty much is what he was today -- a one-pitch pitcher."

Through three innings of work, Younginer gave up four earned runs and five hits to move his record to 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA.

After Younginer left, Spinners reliever Charle Rosario pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up one run each in the fourth and the sixth innings.

The Spinners tried to claw back, scoring two runs in the fifth. Second baseman James Kang doubled to left field, scoring designated hitter David Renfroe, who walked to start the inning. Then, on the 13-pitch at-bat by third baseman Kolbrin Vitek, a wild pitch put him at first with a walk and also scored center fielder Felix Sanchez from third base to make it a 6-2 game.

"It is really exciting to get the RBI, it was hard because we got down early, but the crowd was still in it and it seemed like we were on our way back," Kang said.

However, just as the Spinners felt they were finding their groove at the plate the game was delayed, then ultimately called off.

"You never know what can happen at this level because it was so early," said Crabbe. "We were still going to be aggressive. We put some pressure on and had some chances to score and just didn't come through."

While Lowell played the majority of its game, Salem was not as fortunate. With the rainout, the team must play a doubleheader Monday against the Nationals.

Quinn Roberts is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.