LANSING – Nearly all of the offense in Sunday afternoon's game between the Lansing Lugnuts and Great Lakes Loons occurred in the opening frame, but it was the home club that got the best of the slugging as Lansing took a 5-3 win before 3,894 fans at Oldsmbile Park. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Lugnuts.
The Loons struck in their half of the first when Brandon Taylor drilled a two-run homer past the left field wall. It was his second homer in as many days.
Lansing was able to immediately fire back in the bottom of the inning. Matt Liuzza smacked a two-run double off of the right-center field wall that scored John Tolisano and Jonathan Jaspe, tying the game at 2-2.
After Manny Rodriguez drew a walk, Moises Sierra lifted an opposite field homer that just cleared the right field wall. The three-run shot was Sierra's team high seventh of the season and it gave Lansing a
The pitchers would take over from there, as Lansing was held to just one hit for the rest of the game.
Great Lakes had opportunities, as the Loons had a base runner in every inning but managed just one more run after the first. It came in the ninth inning when Alfredo Silverio hit a solo homer.
Brian Letko (1-1) got the win for the Lugnuts by tossing five innings. He gave up both Loons runs in the first, but settled down and allowed just four hits in the entire outing. He also struck out six and walked four batters.
Tim Collins picked up his fifth save by hurling the final two innings. He allowed the Silverio homer, which was just the second earned run allowed by Collins this season.
Given Kutz (3-3) took the loss after giving up the five run outburst to the Lugnuts in the first.
The victory means that Lansing (50-38, 11-7) became the first team in the Midwest League to reach 50-wins this season. The Lugnuts will play the rubber game of the set with Great Lakes (37-50, 7-11) Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Chi-Hung Cheng (3-4, 5.51) will pitch for the Lugnuts. He will be opposed by the Loons' Given Kutz (3-2, 4.10).