COMSTOCK PARK, Mich (WLMI) Four two-out runs in the top of the 6th backed a gem from Noah Syndergaardin the Lansing Lugnuts’ (10-7, 57-29) 5-3 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps (8-9, 44-43) on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The Lugnuts have now won three consecutive series and earned the chance to sweep West Michigan on Monday night.
Syndergaard (Win, 6-2) retired the first nine hitters faced en route to giving up just three hits and one run, walking one and striking out four in a career-high six innings.
In the decisive sixth inning, K.C Hobson (1-for-4) broke a 1-1 tie by smashing an RBI single off Kyle Ryan (Loss, 5-4). After a walk to Kevin Patterson, the Whitecaps starter was removed in favor of Ramon Lebron, who walked a pair, one with the bases loaded, before serving up a two-run single to Kenny Wilson (2-for-5) that capped the rally.
Chris Hawkins went 4-for-4 with a walk in five successful plate appearances, spearheading the Lugnuts’ offense. Carlos Perez added a 3-for-5 showing with a double and a run scored, and Andy Burns provided two hits in four at-bats, including a first-inning RBI single.
Lansing has scored eleven runs in the first inning of the last three games.
The Lansing bullpen allowed two runs over three innings of work.
Tyler Ybarra lasted 1 2/3 frames, allowing a run to score on a 7th inning wild pitch before departing the 8th with the bases loaded. Phil Brua entered and struck out Jeff McVaney to end the threat.
Ajay Meyer (Save, 23) allowed a leadoff homer in the ninth, but settled down and retired the next three batters he faced to extend his league-leading saves total.
The finale of the three-game series is set for Monday, July 9th at noon. The Lugnuts will tab Anthony DeSclafani (6-2, 3.12) in search of the sweep, opposed by Whitecaps right-hander Thomas Collier (6-6, 2.50).
The Lugs return home on Wednesday, July 12th, opening a six-game homestand on Jackson Field. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.lansinglugnuts.com, at the stadium box office, and by calling 517-485-4500.