Lugnuts Clobber Snappers

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Beloit, Wisc. – The Lansing Lugnuts dominated every facet of the game Saturday night, as they walloped the Beloit Snappers 11-0 at Pohlman Field.

Lansing's scoring outburst began in the first inning, when the Lugnuts sent the entire order to the plate. Justin Jackson started the game with a triple that was just out of the reach of Beloit right fielder Yangervis Solarte, who made a diving attempt at the ball. After John Tolisano drew a walk, David Cooper smacked a double into right-center that plated Jackson, making it a 1-0 game.

Manny Rodriguez would immediately follow that by sending the next pitch into right field. The single scored both runners and pushed Lansing's lead to 3-0. Two batters later, C.J. Ebarb lofted a double over the center fielder's head scoring Rodriguez and making it a 4-0 game. The final run of the inning scored when Ebarb raced home on a wild pitch from Beloit pitcher David Bromberg.

The Lugnuts added a single run in each of the next three innings to extend their lead to 8-0. All of those runs came against Bromberg (6-9), who took the loss. Seven of the runs were earned to him as he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up 11 hits. Bromberg also unleashed five wild pitches.

Conversely, Lansing received its second straight quality start, this time from Marc Rzepczynski (6-4). He twirled six scoreless innings and surrendered just three hits while striking out six en route to the win.

Jimmy Dougher and Frank Gailey combined to shut down the Snappers the rest of the way, preserving Lansing's first shutout since June 30th.

The Lugnuts would continue to pour it on in the fifth inning by adding two more runs. Moises Sierra and Eric Eiland laced back-to-back doubles, pushing the lead to 9-0. Eiland would score later when Tolisano reached on an error.

Lansing's final run of the game came in the seventh when Sierra blasted his ninth homer of the year, a solo shot beyond the wall in right-center.

Six different Lugnuts had at least two hits in the game, while three drove in at least two runs.

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