MIDLAND, Mich. - For the second straight game, a pitcher's duel resulted in a walk-off win for the Great Lakes Loons (30-19, 57-62) as they defeated the Lansing Lugnuts (19-31, 51-68), 3-2, at Dow Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
After each team scored a pair of runs in the second, the game cruised into the bottom of the ninth inning tied, 2-2, behind strong pitching from both clubs.
Aaron Miller led off the inning for the Loons with a double to left-center field and Tyler Ogle followed with a double of his own off the base of the wall in center field, scoring Miller to give the Loons the 3-2 victory against Lugs' reliever Kramer Champlin (Loss, 6-3).
Lansing plated the first runs of the game in the top of the second inning against Great Lakes' starter Julio Urias. With a runner on, Santiago Nessy took a 3-1 pitch way out to left for his fourth homer of the season to give Lansing a 2-0 lead.
Urias took a no-decision in just two innings of work, allowing two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks. The win went to Rob Rogers (Win, 1-1), who pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning against the Lugs.
The Loons responded in the home half of the inning with two runs of their own as Jose Capellan grounded a single through the left side of the infield, scoring a pair to tie the game, 2-2.
Lugnuts starter Kendall Graveman received a no-decision in four innings of work, allowing two runs - one earned - on just two hits. The 22-year old issued two walks and struck out three.
The finale of the three-game series comes Monday evening with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. from Dow Diamond. Lansing will give the ball to right-hander Taylor Cole (7-10, 3.96) to take on Loons' right-hander Chris Anderson (2-0, 2.03).
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