Fort Wayne, Ind. - The Fort Wayne Wizards wiggled out of a key situation
in the fourth inning and used the momentum to cruise to a 4-0 win over the
Lansing Lugnuts at Memorial Stadium Sunday afternoon. The win gave the
Wizards their fifth win of the now concluded eight-game stretch against
Fort Wayne grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning by taking advantage of a
Lansing miscue. Justin Baum reached on a fielding error by third baseman
Jonathan Jaspe. Baum then came home to score when Adam Zornes followed him
with a double to center field.
The Lugnuts had a great opportunity to get on the board in the fourth
inning, as they loaded the bases with no men out. However C.J. Ebarb
struck out and Yohermyn Chavez grounded into an inning ending double play
that stopped the rally without a run scoring.
Lansing would only have one more base runner the entire game.
The Wizards then exploded for three runs in the fifth to open a four-run
lead. Lance Zawadzki doubled to right-center field and moved to third on
an infield single by Baum. Yefri Carvajal's double to center field brought
both runners home, pushing the lead to 3-0. Sawyer Carrol immediately
followed that with a double of his own that plated Carvajal to make it a
Cory Kluber (3-3) had his second straight nice outing against Lansing, as
he hurled five innings and allowed no runs on four hits. He struck out 10
while picking up the win.
Marc Rzepczynski (7-5) took the loss for Lansing after allowing four runs,
three earned, over just 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out eight but
also surrendered nine hits.
Lansing (72-60, 33-29) will begin its final homestand of the year Monday
night as the Lugnuts host the Dayton Dragons for four games. First pitch
is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Oldsmobile Park.