BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Colton Laws combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout, leading the Lansing Lugnuts (38-21) past the Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-21), 2-0, on Wednesday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.With victories in the first two games of the three-game series, the Lugnuts - the winningest team
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Colton Laws combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout, leading the Lansing Lugnuts (38-21) past the Bowling Green Hot Rods (36-21), 2-0, on Wednesday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
With victories in the first two games of the three-game series, the Lugnuts - the winningest team in Minor League Baseball - became the first Midwest League visiting team to win a series at Bowling Green. The Nuts also reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to 5 and took a one-game lead over the Hot Rods atop the MWL Eastern Division.
Two key two-out swings drove in the game's only runs: a Chavez Young RBI single off Bowling Green starter Josh Fleming (Loss, 2-1) in the sixth inning, knocking in Matt Morgan , and a Norberto Obeso RBI single off reliever Jose Disla in the eighth inning, plating Reggie Pruitt .
The rest belonged to the Lugnuts' pitchers, and they upheld their end of the bargain.
Starter Laws (Win, 2-2) fired five scoreless frames, scattering three hits and striking out three.
Kyle Weatherly took care of the sixth and seventh innings, striking out two while pitching around a base hit and an HBP, before Claudio Custodio (Save, 1) nailed down the eighth and ninth innings, striking out one and allowing two singles.
Bowling Green's lineup hit 0-for-13 with a runner on base.
Neither team's pitching staff issued a walk in the game.
Right-hander Turner Larkins (3.72 ERA) goes to the mound on Thursday night in the series finale as the Lugnuts go for the sweep, opposed by Bowling Green right-hander Alex Valverde (4.06). First pitch is at 7:35 p.m.
The Lugnuts next return to Cooley Law School Stadium on Friday, June 15th, opening a three-game series against South Bend featuring 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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