BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 14, 2017 | Lansing Lugnuts 3, Beloit Snappers 2 | Midwest League (A)
LANSING, Mich. – Now without Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, the Lansing Lugnuts avoided a sweep on Friday with a 3-2 win over the Beloit Snappers at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan.
Edward Olivares was the hero on Friday with a sixth inning go-ahead home run to put the Lugnuts up for good 3-2. Olivares reached base three times going 2-for-3 with a home run and a hit by pitch. He was one of just two players to record two hits in the game.
The Snappers led off the scoring in the fourth inning when Eric Marinez came in on a Jason Goldstein sac-fly to right. Marinez had a near perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. His lone out was on a sharp lineout to short caught on a dive in the final inning.
Lansing took their first lead in the fifth. Toronto Blue Jays No. 27 prospect Yeltsin Gudino reached on an error with one out. Gudino scored in the next at-bat on a Mattingly Romanin double. Romanin then scored right away on a Javier Hernandez single putting the Lugnuts up 2-1.
Beloit wasted no time in tying the ball game as Miguel Mercedes led off the top of the sixth with a long home run to left. The Snappers left four runners on base in the final three innings as Olivares’ homer would stand as the winning run.
Griffin Glaude picked up the win for Lansing in relief. Glaude went 1.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. Jared Carkuff pitched the final 2.1 innings to earn his first save of the season on one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Beloit starter, Matt Milburn, put together a decent performance going six innings and giving up three runs, two earned on six hits and four strikeouts, but couldn’t get the run support needed. Milburn falls to 5-7 in the Midwest League.
Lansing gets back to .500 on the season at 44-44 after losing the first two games to Beloit 11-1 and 7-6. They currently sit in last in the Eastern Division at 7-15 and it could be an uphill battle after Guerrero Jr. and Bichette were called up to high-A Dunedin.
Beloit is now 11-11 in the second half and sit two games out of the second half wildcard in the Western Division.
Beloit Snappers (43-49) 000 101 000 – 2 6 2
Lansing Lugnuts (44-44) 000 021 00X – 3 6 0
7/12 Beloit 11, Lansing 1
7/13 Beloit 7, Lansing 6
7/14 Lansing 3, Beloit 2
Beloit Snappers (OAK)
No top 30 prospects on roster.
Lansing Lugnuts (TOR)
#19 Josh Palacios 1/3, BB, K Last 10: .375, 6 R, 5 RBI
#27 Yeltsin Gudino 0/2, R, BB Last 10: .264, 3 R, 5 RBI
#28 Yennsy Diaz 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K
The Lugnuts squeezed Cooley Law School Stadium right into the heart of down town Lansing. Deep home plate seating allows more fans to fit in behind the plate and have seats go half the way down the foul lines with plenty of seats. An apartment building overshadows the outfield with nearly 40 units that have a balcony overlooking the field. The building also features distance to home plate signs, but those will never be reached as they sit at 483 and 507 and sit around six stories higher than field level.
It was Military Eats Free Night in Lansing as current and former military members received free food throughout the game. The Lugnuts kept the promotion going with camo jerseys, their 4th of July caps, and each player’s walk-up song changed to a USA themed song. This was capped off by their Friday Night Fireworks show following the game.
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