LANSING, Mich. – In his 2010 debut, newly-activated A.J. Jimenez went 4-for-5 with three doubles to key an 18-hit attack as the Lansing Lugnuts (6-6) battered the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-9), 9-3, on Monday night to finish off a three-game sweep on Jackson Field.
All four of the
Lugnuts' series this season have ended in
sweeps, dropping three games at Dayton, winning three at Great
losing three to Lake County, and topping Bowling Green in three
Mark Sobolewski and
Brad Glenn each contributed three hits for
the Lugnuts, with Glenn extending his hitting streak to 11 games,
was the 19-year-old native of Puerto Rico who stole the show.
Just activated from
the Disabled List, Jimenez arrived in
Lansing from Florida earlier in the day along with outfielder Brad
He wasted no time making an impact.
In the second
inning, the catcher doubled and scored the
Lugnuts' first run against Bowling Green starter Jason McEachern
In the third inning,
Jimenez singled and stole two bases as
the Lugnuts built their lead to 4-0. One of those three Lansing runs
on a steal of home by McElroy, Lansing's first steal of home since
Pastornicky accomplished the feat on June 30, 2009, against Great
A.J. Jimenez doubled
again in the fifth inning, coming home on
a Ryan Goins RBI single. Goins would later score on an RBI double by
After the Hot Rods
halved their deficit to 6-3 in the sixth,
Jimenez capped off his night with a two-run double. A subsequent
bases-loaded walk to Fuenmayor closed out the scoring.
Lugnuts starter Matt
Fields (1-1) earned the victory, allowing
three runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Brian Slover
the final seven outs in perfect order to close out the visitors.
manager Brady Williams missed most of the game,
ejected by bases umpire Nick Mahrley one batter into the bottom of
first inning for arguing Lugnuts runner Kenny Wilson had gone out of
in eluding a tag during a rundown.
On Tuesday night,
Lansing right-hander Dave Sever (0-1, 4.91)
takes to the mound for the opener of a three-game series at Fort
opposed by left-hander Mike Watt (0-0, 2.45). First pitch is