Jason Groome Makes New York-Penn League Playoff Start for Lowell Spinners
It seems Jason Groome’s first stint in the Boston Red Sox minor league system is in the books, and it easily can be deemed a successful one for the 18-year-old left-handed pitcher from Barnegat.
On Sept. 8, Groome started on the hill in Game 2 of the Lowell Spinners’ New York-Penn League playoff contest against the Hudson Valley Renegades, went three and a third innings before giving up a solo home run and again came away with a no-decision.
Making his postseason debut as a professional pitcher, Groome allowed no hits and a walk while striking out three Renegades through three complete innings, eventually throwing 55 pitches, including 30 for strikes, before being lifted with one out in the fourth in favor of reliever Kyle Hart.
In the first inning, Groome got Jake Fraley to fly out to center field, then induced a groundout to third off the bat of Garrett Whitley, before putting the side down in order when Mike Mastrobuoni also flied out to center.
During the bottom of the second, Groome struck out Jim Haley before allowing a walk to Nathaniel Lowe. After Jose Rojas flied out to right field, Groome picked off Lowe at first base to end the inning.
In the third, Groome fanned Chris Betts and Angel Perez, then got Bill Pujols to fly out to center. In the fourth, Groome got Fraley to ground out to second for the first out, but then gave up the first homer of his pro career when Whitley drilled a pitch over the wall in center. After Mastrobuoni singled to left and Haley walked, Groome was taken out.
The Spinners scored twice in the top of the sixth to take the lead, 3-1, but Hudson Valley scored four in the bottom of the sixth en route to the second of the two-win series sweep.
During his brief stretch with the Spinners, which lasted 10 days, Groome made two starts and pitched six innings, allowed two runs on two hits, walked six and whiffed five while posting a 3.00 ERA.
Earlier with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Groome made two Rookie League starts, pitched four innings and allowed a run on three hits, walked none and struck out eight while registering a 2.25 ERA.
— David Biggy