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Lugnuts Wins Opener
Sean Stidfole, who retired the first eight batters he faced, picked up the victory and was outstanding in relief of Chi-Hung Cheng. Stidfole tossed three hitless innings, allowing just a single walk, while fanning three. Cheng, who departed after five innings, allowed three runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out three batters. Jacob Butler put Lansing on the board early by playing small ball. Luke Hetherington opened the game with a double, and moved to third on a Jason Armstrong groundout. Butler then grounded out to shortstop to plate Hetherington for the 1-0 lead. South Bend tied it up with a two out single in the third inning, and went ahead in the fifth after Cheng allowed a two-run home run to Justin Upton. Lansing, however, would not trail for long and took advantage of a defensive miscue to tie the game. After Anthony Garibaldi got an infield single to lead off the inning, he moved to third on a double by Hetherington. Jason Armstrong then drove in Garibaldi by grounding out to shortstop, with Garibaldi moving to third. Butler was unable to drive in another run, after grounding out to the pitcher, but an error by shortstop Pedro Ciriaco with Joey Metropoulos at bat, allowed Hetherington to score and tie up the game. Butler, however, would come through in the eighth inning with a double to deep right to score Hetherington, who led the inning off with a single. Hetherington finished the game 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and scored three times in the victory. Paul Phillips came on to close it in the ninth and notched his first save of the postseason.
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