LANSING –The Lansing Lugnuts used a three-run, ninth inning rally to shock the Dayton Dragons 5-4 at Oldsmobile Park Sunday afternoon in front of a raucous crowd of 7,324. It is the second straight day that Lansing has won in walk-off fashion against Dayton and is the third straight win for the Lugnuts.
Trailing 4-2 in the ninth, Lansing's Moises Sierra dumped a check swing single into right field to start the decisive rally. Darin Mastroianni then drew a walk before Justin Jackson popped out on a bunt attempt. Raul Barron followed that with a double down the left field line that scored Sierra, cutting the deficit to 4-3. John Tolisano was promptly walked on four pitches to load the bases for Lansing.
Jonathan Jaspe came to the plate next and laced an 0-2 pitch into center field just past the outstretched glove of Dayton shortstop Neftali Feliz. The hit plated Mastroianni and tied the game at 4-4. Kevin Ahrens then strolled up and grounded the very next pitch into right field for the game-winning run, setting off a celebration down the first base line by the Lugnuts.
Lansing was down 4-0 before scoring twice in the sixth on an Ahrens RBI double and a Manny Rodriguez RBI single.
The Dragons had opened a lead by scoring two runs in the both the second and third innings. Brandon Menchaca's two-run double into left put Dayton ahead 2-0.
Brandon Waring extended the lead in the next frame with a bases loaded, two-run single that pushed the advantage to 4-0.
The Lugnuts bullpen was spectacular as all of the runs for Dayton came off of starter Chi-Hung Cheng. Jimmy Dougher threw four shutout innings and Frank Gailey (2-0) tossed a perfect ninth, earning the win.
Dayton starter Jeremy Horst threw well, as he allowed just two hits in five innings.
Derrick Conaster (2-3) suffered the loss after giving up all three runs in the ninth.
Lansing (67-52, 28-21) and Dayton (54-63, 26-23) will continue the series Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Trystan Magnuson (0-9, 5.38) will start for the Lugnuts. He will be opposed by Dayton's Josh Ravin