Lugnuts Sweep Snappers

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Beloit, Wisc. – The hits and runs kept coming Sunday afternoon for the Lansing Lugnuts, as they completed a three-game sweep of the Beloit Snappers with an 11-8 victory at Pohlman Field. It is the second time this season that Lansing has come away with a series sweep away from Oldsmobile Park.

Lansing used a big inning for the second straight day to take a commanding lead, this time scoring eight runs in the second frame on nine hits.

The Lugnuts received six consecutive hits to start the inning and spark the outburst. Manny Rodriguez, Jonathan Jaspe, and John Tolisano each singled to load the bases for Yohermyn Chavez, who dropped a broken bat single into left field. His knock plated Rodriguez and Jaspe, putting Lansing ahead 2-0. Moises Sierra followed that with an RBI single that brought Tolisano home, making it a 3-0 game. Darin Mastroianni ended the string of hits with a double to center field that scored Chavez.

Aftr Justin Jackson's RBI groundout made it a 5-0 game, Rodriguez drove in two more by lacing double off of the center field wall, pushing the lead to 7-0. Jaspe's second single of the inning brought Rodriguez home, and capped the frame at 8-0.

Brian Letko (3-3) was the beneficiary of the run support, as he earned his third win of the season. Letko hurled five innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits.

Lansing added another run in the third inning and lead 9-4 in the seventh when John Tolisano salted the game away with a two-run homer to left field. It was his sixth dinger of the year.

Beloit tried to mount a comeback late by scoring three times in the ninth, but Tim Collins came on to record the final two outs, picking up his 11th save of the season.

Starting pitcher Steven Hirschfeld (7-4) took the loss for Beloit after allowing nine runs, eight of which were earned, in just four innings. He also surrendered 10 hits.

Lansing (63-50, 24-19) will take Monday off before continuing the road trip Tuesday night at Coveleski Stadium against the South Bend Silver Hawks. First pitch Tuesday night in South Bend is set for
7:00 p.m.

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