There has been a trend in Lansing lately. For the sixth time in eight games, the Lugnuts played a game that was decided by a single run. The boys from Lansing came out on the good side of the decision this time around as they defeated the Peoria Chiefs 6-5 on Saturday night. With the win, Lansing drives improves its record to 14-15 on the second half and 51-47 overall. They also improved their record in one run games to 14-23 on the year.
The game had the signs of being a wild run early as the Cubs affiliate jumped on Lansing starter Po-Hsuan Keng in the first inning as they scored two runs in the top half of the frame. Lansing answered the call in the bottom half as Eric Nielsen connected on his seventh home run of the season driving in Jason Armstrong. Nielsen finished the night with a 2-4 performance and currently is 7-for-20 on the home stand.
The tie would not last for long as the Chiefs Aaron Smith would leave off the inning with a single and later score on a sacrifice fly by Sam Fuld. Eric Patterson then stepped into the box and promptly ripped a home run over the right field wall giving Peoria a 4-2 lead.
The game would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth. Following an Aaron Mathews pop fly to center, Yuber Rodriguez connected on a long home run over the left field wall. Eugenio Velez then followed up the Rodriguez home run with a triple down the right field line setting up an appearance by the Lugnuts Mr. clutch, Jason Armstrong. In typical Jason Armstrong fashion, he ripped the 2-1 offering for a single scoring Velez and knotting the score again at 4-4.
"It's a little different driving in runs out of the lead off spot, but it is something that I did all through college so it really isn't anything new." Armstrong stated.
Jason would then score on the scariest moment of the night as Christian Snavely ripped a pitch off the knee cap of Peoria pitcher Jesse Estrada for a double. Estrada fell on the ground and remained motionless for quite some time, however, he was able to leave the field with the help of teammates and coaches.
Following a 1 hour and 25 minute rain delay, Aaron Tressler came out of the pen for the Lugnuts and after a shaky bottom of the sixth where Tressler yielded the tying run on three hits, he settled into a groove and allowed only one base runner the rest of the way.
With the score tied at five going into the bottom of the ninth, Yuber Rodriguez was able to draw a lead off walk and advance to second on a Eugnio Velez bunt single. Following a poor bunt attempt by Jason Armstrong, Christian Snavely again strolled to the plate looking to not only put the Lugnuts ahead, but end the game and he did just that as he ripped a 2-0 pitch up the middle for a walk off single that scored Rodriguez.
For the record, Aaron Tressler picks up his first win in Lansing and improves to 1-0 as a Lugnuts. Tim Layden takes the loss for the Chiefs.
The Lugnuts look for the rare four game sweep over their former affiliate tomorrow as Russell Savickas heads to the mound to face off against Peoria staff ace Sean Gallagher. Game time is set for 2:05.