Lugnuts edge Whitecaps, 2-1

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – Ryan Tepera combined with three relievers to make Sean Ochinko's two-run double in the third inning stand up, leading the Lansing Lugnuts (13-7) to a 2-1 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps (6-14) on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.
It was the Lugnuts' sixth straight victory and tenth in their last eleven games.
West Michigan starter Ramon Lebron (2-1) walked five Lansing batters in 2 2/3 innings, stranding runners at second and third in the first two frames before departing with two men on and two outs in the third. Ochinko greeted reliever Cory Hamilton with a laser into left-center, plating both Brad Glenn and Brad McElroy for a 2-0 lead.
As it turned out, those runs were all the Lugnuts would score in the game -- and they were all that Lansing would need.
Tepera (2-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks to earn the victory.
Dustin Antolin, Brian Slover, and Steve Turnbull took it the rest of the way, with Hernan Perez's seventh inning single off of Antolin providing the sole baserunner against the Lugnuts' bullpen. Turnbull wrapped up a perfect ninth for his fifth save in as many opportunities.
The Lugnuts send right-hander Ryan Shopshire to the mound on Thursday night in search of the road sweep, opposed by West Michigan right-hander Trevor Feeney.


  1. The Lugnuts look like they've got pitching. At least that's how it looks without actually seeing a game...

  2. Mattt,
    We here at 1bluejaysway are trying to put together a road trip to see the Lugnuts but more importantly meet our boy Jesse. Perhaps you or some of the readers may be interested?
    You can listen to all the games by clicking on the link in the right hand column titled "Listen to our boy Jesse". Lugnuts game times are listed below. Game tonight @ 6:30 pm. Jesse is the broadcaster.

    Thanks again for stopping by. I have some Minor League treats that you will be interested in.....stay tuned!

  3. I just saw the two interviews you put up. Awesome stuff. I'll be digging into that now...