EASTLAKE, OH - Victimized by a ten-run third inning six days earlier, Casey Shane tossed nothing but zeroes in leading the Lake County Captains (31-38, 71-68) over the Lansing Lugnuts (33-36, 69-70), 3-0 on Sunday night at Classic Park.
Earlier in the day, Jake Henson's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth had given the Great Lakes Loons a 1-0 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps, eliminating the Lugnuts from playoff contention.
On August 29th, the Lugnuts had notched their first double-digit inning in eight years, knocking around Shane for ten runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 12-6 win.
On this night, though, Shane (Win, 9-12) was in firm command, limiting the Nuts to a pair of singles and a walk in six comfortable innings, striking out four.
Relievers Shawn Armstrong and Cortland Cox took it the final three innings, striking out seven combined batters.
Lansing starter T.J. Zeuch (Loss, 0-1) worked five innings, striking out seven batters while allowing only three hits - but those hits included a first-inning two-run by Andrew Calica, and a third-inning leadoff double by Angel Miguel, cashed in on a Martin Cervenka RBI grounder.
Jordan Romano struck out three batters in two scoreless innings of relief, and Dan Lietz pitched a perfect eighth.
The Lugnuts were held to five singles: two by J.B. Woodman, and one apiece by Cavan Biggio, Ryan Hissey and Lane Thomas.
First baseman Juan Kelly went 0-for-4, ending his league-leading on-base streak at 34 games.
All-Star left-hander Angel Perdomo (5-7, 3.35) starts the Monday season finale at 1:00 p.m. against Lake County right-hander Trevor Foss (3-3, 4.84).
The Lansing Lugnuts return to Cooley Law School Stadium for the 10th annual Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-Owners Insurance on Tuesday, September 6th. Gates open at 5 p.m. with $2 beers and fountain drinks, a limited edition baseball cap giveaway to the first 2,000 fans, a pregame Home Run Derby at 5:30 p.m., and first pitch at 7:05 p.m. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 517-485-4500 or visit lansinglugnuts.com.
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