Cody puts a Dent on Spinners near perfect game

Bucky Dent's home run in 1978 gave the Yankees a playoff
victory over the Red Sox.
Ben Whitehead
Contributing Writer

Shades of 1978. Only slightly different.

Yes, Red Sox Nation. We all remember that home run by Bucky “Bleepin’” Dent. As comedian Ron White would say, “Things that make you go, buhhhhh.”

Well, the Dent family was at it again, this time against a different part of the Red Sox organization.

Wednesday night at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, the Spinners – Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox – had a near perfect game against the Auburn Doubledays. Jamie Callahan, a 2012 second round draft pick by the Sox, pitched six perfect innings with nine strikeouts before being lifted due to pitch count. Callahan was named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week last week for another stellar outing in which he went six innings and allowed one hit, but faced the minimum after erasing the base runner on a double play. Thus, he has pitched 12 straight innings while facing the minimum in his last two outings.

Mike Adams came on to relieve Callahan. He pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning and gave way to Taylor Grover. Grover received some help from his first baseman when Nathan Minnich dove and stabbed a line drive rocket down the first base line.

That brought Cody Dent to the plate, two outs away from a perfect game. Dent, the son of Bucky, blooped a single just over the shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin’s head for the first hit and base runner of the game.

Cody “Bleepin’” Dent.

The Spinners closed out the win, 7-0, but the heart of Red Sox Nation, or “Thread Sox Nation,” as they are called in Lowell, was battered. Nay, dented.

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