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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:01 am

Lugnuts win slugfest as TinCaps settle for split

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

The TinCaps' offense continued to click Monday night. Lansing, tied for the Midwest League lead in runs scored, was scoring big, too.

Despite three home runs from Fort Wayne, the Lugnuts mashed two of their own and rallied to win a 9-7 slugfest before an announced attendance of 5,032 at Parkview Field.

The TinCaps won the first two games but settled for a split of the four-game series to kick off the final week before the All-Star break.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Hudson Potts' solo homer, his fourth of the year, drew the TinCaps within a run, but the Lugnuts' pitching staff retired the next eight batters to end the game. Geno Encina earned a save for pitching two innings.

Fort Wayne's Pedro Avila, promoted earlier Monday from high-A Lake Elsinore, pitched into the sixth inning but struggled. He did have six strikeouts but gave up five runs on eight hits, including a two-run homer by Ridge Smith that made it 4-0 in the second.

The TinCaps replied with four in the bottom half. Rod Boykin hit a sacrifice fly, and Lansing right fielder J.B. Woodman committed a run-scoring throwing error on the play. Marcus Greene Jr. capped the inning with a two-run blast, his third homer of the year.

Lansing (35-26) got started in the first. Edward Olivares clubbed an RBI triple. Another run scored on a double play.

Boykin's RBI single gave the TinCaps a 5-4 lead before Rodrigo Orozco tied it with an RBI double. Briefly, Fort Wayne took another lead in the fifth on G.K. Young's solo shot, his sixth homer and 27th RBI.

Against reliever Diomar Lopez in the seventh, Lansing went ahead for good. Nash Knight beat out a two-out infield hit to drive in two runs and make it 7-6. Lopez then threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

Mitch Nay homered off David Bednar in the ninth for an insurance run.