The duel also seems to
bring to mind of a quote that I once heard from Greg Maddux in a
show. That quote was that 75% of all runs scored are with two outs in
Lansing's Nate Starner and South Bends Tony Barnette matched each
frame for frame through four and a half innings and it appeared that
trend would continue as Barnette quickly disposed of the first two
hitters in the bottom half of the fifth. But that is when Lansing would
mount a ralley. Scott Campbell and Raul Barron both singled to
and Travis Snider would walk loading the bases for clean up hitter
Chris Emanuele, who singled sharply to third scoring Campbell and
leaving the bases loaded for Sean Shoffit. Shoffit promptly ripped an
pitch over the right field screen and out onto the adjoining street for
second grand slam of the season and would put the Lugnuts up 5-0.
"I'm glad to see him hit a ball like that because most of his power
year has come to the middle of field to left center which is good,"
Lansing manager Gary Cathcart. "But when a guy comes inside like that
tend to pull the ball foul and for him to keep that ball fair showed me
lot. That is a tough pitch to keep fair."
Nate Starner pitched six innings of one run baseball and picked
his seventh victory of the season.
"I tried to work off my fastball and jump ahead with my fastball and
my offspeed stuff," stated Starner. "Hopefully I'm getting back on
I had a pretty rough month this last month".
South Bend would try to mount a comeback as they would score a single
the sixth, seventh and eighth innings but would not be able to put a
number on the board.
The victory marks the third straight victory for Lansing over South
currently move Lansing into sole possession of the coveted wild card
spot in the Eastern Division over South Bend. The two teams will hook
again in Lansing on Friday and conclude their four game series in
Game time is 7:05.