PEORIA, Ill. – All-Star catcher A.J. Jimenez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and the Lansing Lugnuts (32-27) avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-3 victory over the Peoria Chiefs (32-28) on Thursday night at O'Brien Field.
Jimenez broke a scoreless deadlock in the
sixth inning with a two-run double to right field off Peoria starter
Struck (2-6), then blew the game wide open an inning later with the
Lugnuts' first grand slam of the season. It was Jimenez's third home
Fellow All-Star Chad
Jenkins (5-4) earned the victory,
allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings. Jenkins struck
three and walked none, giving him 62 strikeouts compared just 12
Nestor Molina and
Steve Turnbull closed out the Chiefs with
scoreless frames in relief.
Kenny Wilson went
1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored
and leadoff hitter Oliver Dominguez added a pair of hits and runs in
at-bats for Lansing in the win.
In the losing cause,
Peoria third baseman Charles Thomas hit
his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh
Lansing next heads
to Burlington, Iowa, to open a three-game
series with the Bees on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Lugnuts right-hander
Tepera (5-2, 3.73) gets the start against the Bees' right-hander
Mitchell (1-5, 5.13).
Check out our boy Jesse with the call on the Jimenez bomb: click here