The Weather Is Hot, But The Lugnuts Are Not

The Lugnuts dropped their second straight game to the Burlington Bees Wednesday night by the score of 7-1. With the loss, Lansing now falls to 17-23 for the second half and 54-55 overall. This marks the first time in the 2005 season that the Lugnuts have fallen below the .500 mark.

Burlington jumped out early on Lansing starter Russell Savickas as consecutive base hits by Ed Lucas and Damaso Espino, combined with a Eugenio Velez error led to a 2-0 Burlington lead. The bleeding continued in the second as Gary Perez hit his second homer of the season in as many nights to increase the Burlington lead to 3-0.

Savickas would then start the top of the third by walking the first two hitters of the inning and as is usually the case, those runners would come back to bite him. Ed Lucas would score his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field and Damaso Espino followed behind him as he scored on a flielders choice. Burlington would score one more time in both the fourth and fifth innings to drive their lead to 5-0.

The only sign of life for the Lugnuts offensively came in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, Eugenio Velez hit his second homer of the season to deep left center field, scoring Lansings only run of the night.

Jason Armstrong continued his strong season as he went 2-4 tonight and made some sparkling defensive plays at third, but even he sounded a little confused at the end of the game. "We're just not playing well right now. We're not hitting well, we're not playing defense and we're not pitching and when you can't do any of those three or even if you do two out of three, you're not going to win games." Armstrong stated about Lansings recent struggles.

For the record, Russ Savickas picks up the loss and falls to 6-5 on the season. Burlington left hander Danny Christensen gets the win and improves to 3-5 on the season.

Lansing has now dropped four games in a row and eight of their last ten. They will look to get back on track on Thursday night against the Bees, as Chi-Hung Cheng takes to the mound for Lansing. He will be opposed by Kyle Crist.

No need to show me the door, I already know the way: After a brief call up, Yesson Berroa has again been returned to the Auburn Doubledays of the NY-Penn League. This marks the second this month that Berroa has been promoted to Lansing and dropped back down to Auburn. Dewon Day has taken Berroa's place on the roster. Lansing's roster continues to be at 25 active players.

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