By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler / Lansing Lugnuts | June 28, 2018 10:20 PM
MIDLAND, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts entered Thursday night's series opener at Great Lakes winners of nine of their last ten games. The Loons entered having lost a franchise record 11 consecutive games.
Both streaks, one up and one down, continued: All-Star Maximo Castilloposted his third consecutive scoreless start and the Lugnuts (7-1, 50-28) stopped the Loons (0-8, 24-52), 5-1, on Thursday at Dow Diamond.
Castillo (Win, 7-2) held the Loons to two hits and two walks in five scoreless innings, striking out four. In the process, he extended his scoreless streak to a team high 16 straight innings.
The Nuts also received strong relief from Kyle Weatherly, who pitched three scoreless innings while allowing only one base runner, a sixth-inning single. Brody Rodninggave up a run on two hits in the ninth before closing the game out.
Brandon Grudzielanekwent 2-for-4 with a single, double and two runs scored to lead the offense, with Norberto Obesosupplying two singles, an RBI and a run scored and Samad Tayloradding an RBI double and a run scored.
Loons starter Victor Gonzalez(Loss, 0-2) gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
All-Star Maverik Buffogoes for his league-leading ninth win in the second game of the four-game series, set for 7:05 p.m. on Friday, opposed by Loons left-hander Leo Crawford (4.29 ERA).
The next Lugnuts home game is a huge one: on the 4th of July against the West Michigan Whitecaps, a 6:30 p.m. start followed by an Independence Day LAFCU Fireworks Spectacular! To purchase tickets, visit lansinglugnuts.com or call (517) 485-4500.
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