LANSING – The Clinton LumberKings completed a three-game sweep of the Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park Monday afternoon before 6,213 fans. The loss marks the first time this season that Lansing has been swept in any series this year while also continuing the Lugnuts losing streak. The slide is now at four games, the longest skid of the season.
After scoring a run in the first, Clinton increased their lead in the fourth inning by taking advantage of two straight one-out walks. Then with two men out, Jose Felix hit a sharp grounder to left side of the infield, where Lansing third sacker Kevin Ahrens made a diving stop. However he could not make a throw, as Felix was safe and Mitch Moreland scored to make it 2-0.
Miguel Alfonza followed that by lacing the next pitch into left-center field, bringing home two runs for Clinton and giving them a 4-0 advantage.
Lansing scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning when Eric Eiland drilled an RBI double off of the wall in left-center field. The hit plated Jonathan Baksh from first base.
Blake Beavan (7-6) pitched six strong innings en route to the win for Clinton. He gave up just three hits and a run in the start.
Ryan Turner finished the game in relief for Clinton, tossing three hitless innings for his second save of the year.
Marc Rzepczynski (5-4) took the loss after surrendering four runs over six innings. He struck out six, but walked three batters and hit another.
Lansing (59-48, 20-17) will begin its longest road trip of the season Tuesday night, as the Lugnuts embark on a 10 game trip to take course over 11 days. The swing opens with a three-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Game one of the set begins at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.