Sunday afternoon the Lansing Lugnuts committed several key errors in an extra-inning win for West Michigan. On Monday it was the Whitecaps turn, as the Lugnuts turned two 10th inning West Michigan errors into a 4-0 win at Fifth Third Ballpark. The win earned the Lugnuts a split of the four-game series.
The game was scoreless through nine innings before Lansing finally broke through in the 10th. With the bases empty and two men out, Raul Barron laid a bunt down the third base line, but was able to move all the way to third base when hurler Andrew Hess sailed a throw over the first baseman and down the right field line.
Hess then walked the next two batters, loading the bases for Moises Sierra. Sierra his a bouncer to shortstop Audy Ciriaco, but the ball went under his glove and into the outfield, allowing Barron and Kevin Ahrens to score. C.J. Ebarb followed that with a two-run single to salt the game away at 4-0.
Lansing had an opportunity to win it in the ninth, as they had a runner at third with no men out. However the Lugnuts would leave the bases loaded as Hess pitched out of the jam.
Lost in the game was the effort of each team's starting pitcher. Lansing's Marc Rzepczynski and West Michigan's Mauricio Robles each threw seven innings and allowed just three hits.
Rzepczynski also struck out seven batters, while Robles fanned three.
Frank Gailey (1-0) got the win for the Lugnuts by tossing three frames of one-hit relief. He struck out six in his outing and walked just one batter.
Hess (1-1) took the loss despite not allowing an earned run.
Lansing (47-35, 8-4) will continue the current road trip Tuesday night, as they take on the South Bend Silver Hawks at Coveleski Stadium. Chi-Hung Cheng (3-4, 5.48) will get the call for the Lugnuts. He will be opposed by South Bend's Christian Beltre (6-5, 3.24). Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.