LANSING– The Lansing Lugnuts opened their home portion of the 2008 schedule with a resounding
12-6 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks at Oldsmobile Park Monday night. The win is the fourth straight for Lansing.
The Lugnuts found themselves trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the first, but had runners at first and second with two men out. Manny Rodriguez then took an 0-2 pitch from South Bend's Bryan Henry just under the chin, falling to ground to dodge the fastball. On the very next pitch, Rodriguez belted a three-run homer to right field that put Lansing ahead 4-2.
The Silver Hawks scored a run in the second and plated another in the third, when Clayton Connor blasted a solo shot to tie the game at 4-4.
South Bend then took the lead in the top of the fourth when Evan Frey's single scored Konrad Schmidt to make it 5-4.
However the Lugnuts would regain control of the game in the bottom half of the inning by taking advantage of a South Bend miscue. With two men on, Michael McDade ripped a single down the first base line that scored John Tolisano to tie the game. Derrick Walker's throw home from right field sailed past the catcher Schmidt and allowed Rodriguez to score as well, giving the Lugnuts a 6-5 lead.
Lansing would put the game away in the seventh by plating four runs, highlighted by a Jonathan Jaspe two run single. Both Jaspe and Rodriguez finished the game with four RBI.
Randy Boone (1-0) got the win for the Lugnuts by throwing 4 2/3 innings of solid relief. He allowed just two hits and one unearned run in the appearance.
Bryan Henry (0-1) took the loss for the Silver Hawks after surrendering six runs in the first four frames.
Lansing (4-1) and South Bend (0-5) will play the second game of the series on Tuesday night at Oldsmobile Park. Trystan Magnuson (0-1, 10.80) is scheduled to make the start for the Lugnuts, while southpaw Jordan Norberto (0-1, 27.00) will take the bump for the Silver Hawks. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.