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.