EASTLAKE, OH - Ryan Noda and Brock Lundquist both crushed home runs, but the Lake County Captains (28-38) scored 11 unanswered runs in the middle innings on their way to an 11-3 romp over the Lansing Lugnuts (40-26) on Wednesday afternoon at Classic Park.
The Captains have won each of the first two games of the series, leaving the Lugnuts with a 5-7 record on their season-high 13-game road trip.
Noda blasted his seventh home run of the year - all since May 30th - to break a scoreless tie in the third inning. It also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Chavez Young followed with a single off Lake County starter Jean Carlos Mejia and Brock Lundquist promptly lasered a two-run homer to right for a 3-0 lead. It was Lundquist's team-leading 11th roundtripper of the year, tying for most in the Midwest League.
The Captains answered in a major way, scoring three runs in the fourth and three unearned in the fifth (due to three Lugnuts errors) against Lugnuts starter Matt Gunter (Loss, 0-3), before blowing the game open with five runs in the sixth inning off reliever Kyle Weatherly .
Matt Shannon quieted the Captains for the seventh and eighth innings, but the Lugnuts were unable to push across any runs against Captains relievers Nick Gallagher (Win, 1-2), Skylar Arias and Kyle Nelson from the fourth inning onward.
Young led the Lugnuts with three hits in five at-bats, and both Lundquist and Samad Taylor drew two walks to pair with a base hit.
All-Star right-hander Maverik Buffo (4.95 ERA) goes to the mound in the finale at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, looking to prevent the sweep. Lake County counters with left-hander Kirk McCarty (6.44).
The Lugnuts have just three home games remaining in the first half: Family Faith Night with LAFCU Fireworks on June 15th, Star Wars Night with LAFCU Fireworks on June 16th, and a Father's Day Delta Dental Kids Day with a special Jersey Giveaway on June 17th! To purchase tickets and live the Lug Life, visit lansinglugnuts.com or call (517) 485-4500.
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