Garibaldi had a solid game
One day after returning from a road trip to Clinton, Iowa, and struggling to
get anything going, a refreshed Lansing team got back to their offensive and
winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Beloit Snappers by a
score of 6-3. All this despite a lack of sleep, and the flu bug making it’s
way through the Lansing dugout.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but we are exhausted right now. We have the
flu going through the clubhouse. David Hicks is home in bed right now.”
stated an exhausted Lansing manager Ken Joyce following Saturday afternoon’s
The Lugnut bats started to awake in the third inning. Down by a score
of 1-0, Anthony Garibaldi got things going as he lead the
inning off with a single and later scored on a two out single by
right fielder Jacob Butler. The single by Garibaldi snapped an
1-for-20 slump. He finished the day going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run
“You’ve just got to go out everyday and give 110% and good things will
happen,“ stated Garibaldi on his struggles on the season. The two-hit
performance also gained praise from his manager following the game.
“I think he is getting some confidence. He’s an outstanding defensive
player and he knows that.” stated Joyce. “All he has to do is
carry that confidence over to the other side and his is going to be
Joey Metropoulos launched his second home run of the season, his first at
home, to drive in Butler and put the Lugnuts up 3-1. Lansing added two
runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to close out their scoring on the
Starter Chi-Hung Cheng showed at times flashes of
his time in Lansing last year, struggling with his command, with
one notable exception from Lansing manger Ken Joyce.
“That was a vision of the old Chi-Hung Cheng from last year. He was able to battle and compete through it. That was the difference from last year,” stated Joyce. “It
was nice to see him be able to go out there and compete without his best
stuff”. Cheng departed the game after the fifth inning.
Po-Hsuan Keng followed in relief of Cheng and gave up his first
run of the season in the eighth inning, on a home run to right field by Beloit pinch
hitter Andrew Thompson. The run snapped a 16 inning scoreless by Keng.
On the season, he has thrown 16 2/3 innings, giving up 11 hits, while
walking 3 and striking out 13.
“I just try to be ready and try and throw strikes.” Keng said on his
success so far this season.
For the record: Chi-Hung Cheng gets the win and improves to 3-1 on the
season. The loss goes to 2004 first round draft pick Kyle Waldrop. Paul Phillips picked up his second save of the season.
Streaks: Leadoff hitter Sean Shoffit wasted no time in extending his hit
streak to ten games. Shoffit led the bottom of the first inning with a single, and finished the day going 3-for-5. His season average is .339.
Transactions: A couple of familiar faces have recently found themselves
back in Lansing due to injuries. Emmanuel Sena and Adrian Martin have been
placed on the disabled list. 2005 Lugnuts Luke Hetherington and Joey McLaughlin have been called up from extended spring training to take their
place on the roster.