EASTLAKE, OH - For the first time since June 15th, 2008, the Lansing Lugnuts (30-34, 66-68) scored double-digit runs in an inning, riding a ten-run third to a 12-6 victory over the Lake County Captains (29-35, 69-65) on Monday night at Classic Park.
With six games remaining in the regular season, the Lugnuts crept back within 2.5 games of the Great Lakes Loons for the final Eastern Division playoff slot.
All nine members of the Lugnuts starting lineup hit safely in the third inning, headlined by Andrew Guillotte going 2-for-2 with an RBI single and two-run double. In the process, the Lugs knocked out Lake County starter Casey Shane (Loss, 8-12) and turned a 2-1 deficit into an 11-2 lead.
T.J. Zeuch, the 21st overall pick in June's draft, made his Midwest League debut with seven strikeouts in three innings, though he also allowed seven singles and departed with the bases loaded in the fourth. All three runners scored against Daniel Young, charging Zeuch with five total runs.
Young (Win, 2-1) settled in to throw three scoreless innings, striking out two.
Connor Panas provided Lansing's final run, doubling in Juan Kelly in the sixth.
Jackson Lowery pitched the seventh and eighth innings, allowing one run on two hits. He was aided by the Lugnuts' defensive play of the year, a behind-the-back glove flip from shortstop Ryan Metzler to start a 6-4-3 double play in the seventh.
Andrew Case pitched a perfect ninth to finish the win.
In defeat, Lake County received two scoreless innings from second baseman Angel Miguel, striking out four batters.
Both Kelly and Joshua Palacios extended on-base streak to 30 straight games, with Kelly going 2-for-3 with an RBI, two walks and three runs scored, while Palacios was 2-for-5 with a run batted in and a run scored. The Midwest League's longest streak in 2016 for consecutive games reached is 31, set by Fort Wayne's Kodie Tidwell.
The Lugnuts enjoy a league-wide off day on Tuesday before welcoming in the Bowling Green Hot Rods to Cooley Law School Stadium for a three-game series starting 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, an Eat-A-Palooza presented by Gordon Food Service. For $21, enjoy admission… plus all you can eat inside the ballpark! All-Star left-hander Angel Perdomo (4-7, 3.43) gets the start for Lansing. For more information or to purchase your tickets, call 517-485-4500 or visit lansinglugnuts.com.
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