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Lansing pitchers stymie TinCaps

Bad things came in threes for the TinCaps on Thursday.

Three arms – belonging to, in order, Noah Synergaard, Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Berl – were all the Lansing Lugnuts needed to quiet the visitors from Fort Wayne, 5-1, at Cooley Stadium in Lansing, Mich. That trio combined for a three-hitter and struck out 12.

DeSclafani got the win for Lansing (28-12) with four innings of two-hit relief. He struck out eight and gave up the TinCaps' only run in the top of the seventh.

Singles by Donavan Tate and Travis Whitmore and Duanel Jones' sacrifice fly accounted for the run, which tied the game at 1.

It was a scoreless pitcher's duel between Cody Hebner and Synergaard until the bottom of the sixth, when Lansing got on the board. With one out, Jonathon Berti walked, stole second, went to third on Kenny Wilson's single and scored on Andrew Burns' sacrifice fly.

In the home seventh, K.C. Hobson led off with a home run. Carlos Perez followed with a triple and came home on a groundout, and Markus Brisker scored the third run after drawing a walk, stealing second and coming home on Kellen Sweeney's single.

The Lansing arms did the rest, limiting the TinCaps (19-22) to just six baserunners.