Lugnuts set club hits record in 18-1 rout

Jason Leblebijian had a professional-best five hits and drove in a career-high six RBIs. Photo: Kyle Castle.

By David Fine / Lansing Lugnuts | July 24, 2015 9:22 PM

Lansing, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts (15-14, 57-42) mashed a team-record 23 hits and equaled their most lopsided win in franchise history, destroying the Dayton Dragons (15-14, 54-45), 18-1, Friday at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Seven Lugnuts players had multi-hit games to set the franchise record, besting the previous team mark of 22 base hits.

Lansing came three scores short of tying a franchise-record 21 runs. The Lugnuts also won by 17 runs in a 21-4 win against the Burlington Bees in June 2004.

Jason Leblebijian battered a professional-best five hits and six RBIs to lead the offense. He has eight RBIs in his last two games.

Meanwhile, MWL wins leader Shane Dawson (Win, 12-4) returned from his gold-medal-winning performance at the Pan Am Games and allowed two hits and no runs in six innings, setting a career high with 10 strikeouts.

Dawson is one of three pitchers in the minors with 12 wins and is one win behind the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole for the most in professional baseball.

Phil Kish pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Dawson. Carlos Ramirez pitched the ninth and allowed a home run to Aristides Aquino to end the shutout with two outs in the ninth.

Junior Morillo (Loss, 4-4) started poorly, continued out of sorts, and was left indisposed by the Lugnuts. Chris Carlson led off the game with a home run down the right field line, his fifth of the season.

The Lugnuts then scored nine more runs against Morillo, ending his outing after 3.2 IP and 12 hits.

Jason Leblebijian messed with the Dragons throughout his five-hit, six-RBI performance. He lifted an RBI double in the first, scorched a two-run double in the third and then blasted a three-run home run in the fifth.

David Harris enjoyed his most-productive game of the season, tying a professional high with four RBIs. He hit his second home run of the season in the third, sending a two-run home run to deep left field.

Lansing looks for its sixth straight win Saturday at 7:05 p.m. with Jesus Tinoco (2-5, 3.75) taking the bump against Tyler Mahle (10-5, 2.54). Check out Pure Michigan Night and stick around for postgame LAFCU Fireworks.

The homestand wraps up Sunday at 2:05 p.m. against the Dragons. For more information, call (517) 485-4500 or visit

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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