BMLN: Are the Lugnuts For Real!

As much as we spotlight the offense for Lansing and the outstanding season by Joey Metropoulos, and Cory Patton, Billy Carnline has been just as impressive on the mound in three appearances. Today we spotlight the Lansing offense and Carnline in further detail, as well as the play of Ryan Klosterman, Davis Romero, Josh Kreuzer, and many more exclusive stats, streaks and notes provided by InsideTheDome.com

Mahoney Leads SkyChiefs to Victory

Mike Mahoney drove in four runs for the Syracuse SkyChiefs Thursday in a 10-4 win over the Louisville Bats in the International League.

The SkyChiefs catcher hit a three-run double in a five-run seventh inning that broke the game open for Syracuse (3-4). Mahoney also drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in a two-run sixth.

Chris Denorfia's two-run homer in the first off Syracuse starter Josh Banks gave Louisville (2-5) an early lead. Banks gave up solo homers to Brian Buchanan and Ryan Jorgensen in a two-run fifth for the Bats.

Mahoney singled and scored on a triple by Wayne Lydon while Lydon scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Barker as Syracuse answered in the bottom of the fifth.

John-Ford Griffin and Rob Cosby stroked RBI doubles in the seventh. Cosby also doubled and scored in the sixth on a double by John Hattig.

Shaun Marcum (1-0) earned the win in three innings of relief for Syracuse.

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SkyChiefs Notes

Lydon went 2-for-5 in the game with two runs scored. Rob Cosby finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Mahoney finished the game 2-for-3.

Cosby extended his hitting streak to six games and is batting .409 (9-for-22) on the season. Cosby is 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

FISHER CATS SNAP FOUR-GAME LOSING STREAK; WIN HOME OPENER

Miguel Negron went 3-for-4, hitting his first home run of the season, and third baseman Eric Arnold also homered as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats topped the New Britain Rock Cats 5-3 in the home opener Thursday night.

Negron finished the game with three RBI in the victory. Negron is hitting 2-for-5 this season with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Arnold broke a 0-for-13 slump this game going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Davis Romero picked up his second victory of the season tossing five strong innings. The southpaw allowed three hits, without issuing a run, or a walk, while striking out seven batters. The southpaw is holding left-handed batters to a .231 batting average, while right-handers are hitting .296 off him. Romero has done a solid job this season retiring the first batter of the inning, having allowed just one hit in ten at bats. The 23-year-old has also allowed one hit in six at bats with runners in scoring position and two outs

Klosterman Leads Jays Offense in Victory

Ryan Klosterman is beginning to turn the corner after a slow start. The shortstop belted his first home run of the season and drove in four runs Thursday evening in a 10-6 victory over Tampa.

Klosterman finished the game 3-for-4 and also scored a pair of runs, and is batting 6-for-8 over the past two games, stringing consecutive three-hit games. On the season he is batting .323 (10-for-31). With runners is scoring position, Klosterman is hitting .364 (4-for-11), and when leading an inning off he has three hits in eight at bats. Klosterman has also reached base safely in each of the past seven games.

Josh Kreuzer went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run batted in, and is hitting 6-for-16 this season with runners on base. Meanwhile Ryan Patterson continued his hitting streak going 2-for-5 with a double, and two runs scored. Patterson, who is on a four-game hit streak, has also four consecutive multi-hit games, and is batting 9-for-18 over the past four games, with seven runs batted in. The outfielder is 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and is hitting .400 (5-for-16) with runners on base.

Eric Nielsen hit one of seven doubles for Dunedin and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Nielsen is carrying a five-game hitting streak, and has recorded two hits in each of his last three games.

Juan Peralta, Scott Dragicevich, and Aaron Mathews had one double each in the game. Dragicevich finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Robinzon Diaz went hitless in three at bats, but drove in two runs and also scored a run.

Jesse Litsch picked up the victory, but his overall numbers were skewed because of one rough inning. The right-hander had recorded seven strikeouts, while issuing just one hit, and one walk through five innings. The 21-year-old came out for the sixth inning and pitched to five batters, but failed to record an out. Litsch gave up four singles and a three-run home run, which ended his night. Litsch finished with five runs and six hits in his five innings.

Danny Core got through the sixth inning and finished with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while Milton Tavarez picked up his third save of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Can Anything Stop Them! Lansing Scored 10 Again

The Lansing Lugnuts scored 10 runs once again Thursday on their way to a 10-2 victory over South Bend.

Cory Patton hit his second home run of the season, and drove in five runs in the victory. Patton has driven in eight runs over the past two games and ten runs over the last four games. With runners in scoring position he is hitting .438 (7-for-16).

Brian Bormaster belted his first home run of the season in the second inning, and finished the game 2-for-3, with a double, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. The Dunedin catcher is 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position and is hitting .429 off right-handed pitching in limited action.

Yuber Rodriguez was a perfect 3-for-3 with his second triple of the season, and also stole his fourth base of the season. Rodriguez is batting .370 (10-for-27) this season, but has struck out nine times in seven games. With runners in scoring position, the outfielder is 4-for-8 this season.

Joey Metropoulos hit his third double of the season, scored twice, and reached base two times in the victory. Metropoulos has recorded a hit in all of his seven games this season and is batting .385 (10-for-26). The 22-year-old is 6-for-8 this season when leading off an inning, and 6-for-12 when batting with the bases empty.

Jacob Butler had a single, and stole his third base of the season.

Russell Savickas picked up his first victory of the season, allowing two runs, on six hits, in six innings. Savickas is holding opponents to a .214 batting average against mark, and right-handed batters are hitting .174 off the right-handed pitcher.

Billy Carnline continued his superb pitching tossing three scoreless innings, while allowing just one hit, and striking out three batters. The right-hander has thrown nine scoreless innings, while allowing one walk, and striking out thirteen batters. Carnline has not allowed a hit to a left-handed batter in eleven at bats.

"I've been trying to work in and out, and up and down, elevating the ball when I need too and it seems to be working right now" stated Carnline on his approach to the season.

"I had a curveball starting out in short-season last year, and towards the end of the year I got away from it. I started throwing the slider that I have now which has proven to be a good two-strike pitch."

Lansing is currently 6-2, and in first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. Lansing, who has won their last two games, are a perfect 3-0 at home this season.

The Lugnuts have two pitchers in the league leaders in ERA (minimum of 0.8IP/team game). Both Carnline and Po-Hsuan Keng have a 0.00 ERA in 9 innings and 7 2/3 innings respectively. Kristian Bell is one of two pitchers in the Midwest League with two wins. Cory Patton leads the League with 13 runs batted in, and Yuber Rodriguez is fourth in the league in stolen bases.

Not surprisingly Lansing leads the league in team batting average (.284) and also in team ERA (1.72).

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