Clinton, Iowa - Just 14 hours after completing the first game of the
series against the Quad Cities River Bandits in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the
Lansing Lugnuts took the field for game two of the set in Clinton.
Lansing used strong pitching and a 14 hit day to prevail 3-1 at Alliant
Energy Field. The win marks the first shutout of the season for the
Lugnuts' pitching staff.
Lansing took the lead in the first inning by garnering three consecutive
hits off of Quad Cities starter Brian Broderick. Kevin Ahrens doubled to
start the rally and was immediately followed by a Darin Mastroianni single
to put runners at the corners for the Lugnuts. C.J. Ebarb then singled to
left-center field to plate Ahrens, giving Lansing a 1-0 lead.
The Lugnuts made it 2-0 in the fourth inning when Mastroianni tripled and
scored on an Ebarb sacrifice fly.
Randy Boone (3-0) took over from there for Lansing, as he bewildered the
River Bandits for six innings in the win. Boone scattered four hits and
fanned four batters while keeping the Quad Cities off of the scoreboard.
It was his first start of the season.
Lansing added another run in the seventh when Wes Stone singled and later
scored on John Tolisano's infield single to push the lead to 3-0.
Edgar Estanga threw the final three innings for Lansing as he shut down
the River Bandits for his first save of the year. He allowed just one run,
which came in the ninth. It is the first run that he has allowed all
Broderick (0-2) took the loss for the Quad Cities after allowing two runs
over five innings.
Lansing (14-10) and the Quad Cities (14-10) will play the rubber match-up
of the series on Wednesday night on the campus of the University of Iowa
in Iowa City. Right hander Trystan Magnuson (0-3, 6.57) will make the
start for the Lugnuts. He will be opposed by the River Bandits' Mark
Diapoules (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.