Lugnuts outpace Hot Rods, 8-5

LANSING, Mich. The Lansing Lugnuts (36-29) jumped on Aaron Dott for eight runs in the first three innings, racing off for an 8-5 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-37) on Wednesday night on Jackson Field.
Despite the victory, a Great Lakes win over South Bend eliminated the Lugnuts from Eastern Division playoff contention.
The Lugnuts battered Dott (1-3) with 10 hits, tallying four runs in the first inning, one in the second inning, and three more runs in the third. The Bowling Green starter was coming off an outing in which he had allowed only one hit in five innings at Wisconsin.
The early offense was enough to earn a victory for Dave Sever (2-3), who gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings.
Still, the triumph did not come easily for Lansing.
The Hot Rods pared the deficit to three runs on Ryan Wiegand's two-run single in the sixth, and then loaded the bases in the ninth before Casey Beck struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Spraker and coaxed a game-ending forceout from Ty Morrison.
Beck picked up his second save of the season.
The Lugnuts offense was led by three-hit efforts from Kevin Ahrens and Ryan Goins, with Ahrens adding three RBIs. All-Star catcher A.J. Jimenez chipped in with his fourth home run of the year.
Lansing right-hander Chad Jenkins (5-4, 3.51) caps off the four-game homestand on a 7:05 p.m. Labatt Blue Light Thirsty Thursday, challenging Hot Rods right-hander Jason McEachern (2-6, 5.03).
The Nuts return home on Tuesday, June 15th, for a doubleheader against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. 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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