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Spolar singled to lead off the fifth, when courtesy runner Adrien Dumas later scored on a bloop single by pinch-hitter Drew Shadle.
“I’ve been working a lot on my hitting recently,” Spolar said. “This [spring] I wasn’t very good but this summer I’m looking to improve for next year, getting even better.
“I can hopefully end up becoming a two-way player where I can pitch but also play a little bit of the field and hit a bit. That’s kind of my goal, but I’m just here to do my job and support the team any way I can.”
Diete is optimistic Spolar can do just that.
“We’re kind of looking for him to fill a giant void in our pitching,” Diete said. “We like what he can do and hopefully he can continue doing the same thing he did today.”