Bandits blow lead, then rout Lugnuts, 15-8

LANSING, Mich. – The Quad Cities River Bandits (33-22) coughed up a five-run lead, and then scored eight runs in the seventh inning to trounce the Lansing Lugnuts (30-24), 15-8, on Friday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The game was delayed 59 minutes at the start due to heavy rain. Heavy offense reigned for the next three hours and 20 minutes.
After Quad Cities starter Joe Kelly fired five scoreless innings, the Lugnuts greeted reliever Dan Calhoun with five runs in the sixth. Brad Glenn spurred the rally with a two-out, two-run single, Balbino Fuenmayor followed with a three-run homer, and Kevin Nolan capped off the rally with a game-tying RBI single.
The River Bandits responded immediately against reliever Matt Wright (2-1), who faced seven batters in the seventh inning and didn't retire a single one. Wright departed the mound with four runs in and the bases loaded. Brian Slover replaced Wright and served up a three-run Ted Obregon double and a run-scoring wild pitch, giving Quad Cities a 13-5 lead.
The rally made a winner of Calhoun (4-0), who gave up six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
The two teams combined for 30 hits, 15 for each team, and five errors in the game.
Edgar Lara led the offensive effort for the visitors with three hits, including a pair of two-run triples.
In defeat, Lansing shortstop Ryan Goins went 4-for-5 with three singles and his third home run of the season.
On Saturday night at 7:05, the Lugnuts will send right-hander Chad Jenkins (4-3, 3.38) to the mound against Quad Cities right-hander Scott Schneider (4-1, 2.08). The game will featured post-game LAFCU fireworks.
Tickets to all Lansing Lugnuts home games are available for purchase online at www.lansinglugnuts.com, at the stadium box office, and by calling 517-485-4500.
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Lansing Lugnuts Baseball
Cooley Law School Stadium
505 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Phone: 517.485.4500; Fax: 517.485.4518

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