Lugnuts win wild walk-off affair in 10 innings
LANSING, Mich. – In a wild affair that saw six
lead changes, three blown saves, and four brilliant relievers get
Oliver Dominguez lined a walk-off double in the bottom of the tenth
the Lansing Lugnuts (10-7) to a 9-8 win over the Dayton Dragons
Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The decisive blow
came off of Dayton closer Donnie Joseph (2-1),
who entered the game having given up only one hit and no runs in
previous outings but served up three hits in the span of six batters
Lugnuts team missing Brad Glenn and Mark Sobolewski due to injury.
With one out in the
tenth, Kenny Wilson lined a single into
the left field. Dominguez followed by drilling the first pitch he
Joseph into the right-center gap, scoring Wilson and touching off a
celebration on the middle of the diamond.
It was the second
big double of the game for the Lugnuts
designated hitter a day after his 21st birthday. With Lansing
in the eighth inning, Oliver Dominguez cracked a two-run double off
A sacrifice fly from
A.J. Jimenez scored Dominguez to give the
Lugnuts an 8-6 lead going to the ninth, but Dayton tallied twice
Brian Slover -- keyed by Chris Richburg's game-tying triple -- to
game into extras.
recovered to pitch a perfect tenth, picking up
The game saw 30
combined base hits, 18 by the Lugnuts.
Dominguez, Sean Ochinko, and Ryan Goins each had three hits, with
slugging his first home run of the season.
For the Dragons,
Richburg notched four RBIs to give himself 18
for the young season.
Our boy Jesse caught up with Oliver and an interpreter a few weeks after this big game on his birthday. Check it: