TinCaps show their mettle, rout Lugnuts

Bo Bichette went 2-for-3 with a walk, lifting his league-leading batting average to .375. (Tyler Marcotte)

By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler / Lansing Lugnuts | May 15, 2017 10:40 PM ET

LANSING, Mich. - The Fort Wayne TinCaps (14-23) scored four runs in both the third and fourth innings, running away with a 10-2 series-opening victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (19-15) on Monday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.

The Lugnuts remained at 1,499 wins in franchise history.

Lansing had tied the score at 1-1 in the second inning on Bradley Jones 's team-leading seventh home run - only to see the TinCaps emphatically respond.

Nuts starter Mike Ellenbest (Loss, 1-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings. He was followed to the mound by Tayler Saucedo , who also gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in three innings.

On the other side, the Lugnuts' offense was largely stymied by Fort Wayne starter Jerry Keel (Win, 2-2), who limited the Nuts to two runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out six.

The lone Lugnuts' bright spot on offense came from shortstop Bo Bichette , who walked, singled and tripled in four plate appearances, raising his league-leading batting average to .375.

Hudson Potts, the 24th overall selection in the 2016 draft, led the TinCaps with four hits in five at-bats. Fort Wayne leadoff man Fernando Tatis, Jr. was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, and Jorge Ona added a 2-for-4, 3-RBI night with a two-run homer.

Andrew Deramo made his Lugnuts debut with two scoreless innings, walking three and striking out three. Jackson McClelland followed with a perfect ninth.

Tuesday is a Dollar Deal Day, with $1 hot dogs, $1 ice cream sandwiches and $1 fountain drinks. Gates open at 6 p.m., with first pitch between Lansing right-hander Andy Ravel (3-0, 6.39) and Fort Wayne left-hander Logan Allen (1-2, 2.17) set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Cooley Law School Stadium box office, by calling (517) 485-4500 or via lansinglugnuts.com.


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