MLR: Pettway Drives in Four for Lansing

Monday's edition of the Minor League Recap features the impressive performance of Brian Pettway for Lansing

Charlotte 3 - Syracuse 1

On a brisk night in Charlotte, NC, the Chiefs bats were cold as well posting only seven hits and leaving eight men on base throughout the night. Knights' starter Vladimir Nunez (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings striking out six, and the bullpen held on strong for the win.

Chiefs starter Ismael Ramirez did not fare as well going four innings yielding five hits and three runs taking the loss (0-1). Ramirez labored through four innings with the final blow coming in the third on a Luis Terrero solo home run.

Adam Lind went 1-for-4 with a single and Russ Adams was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Connecticut 8 – New Hampshire 7

The Fisher Cats dropped a seeming never-ending marathon game 8-7 in 13 innings to the Defenders in Manchester, NH.

It was hits galore for both teams as they combined for 29 hits and 37 base runners. Fishercats starter Kyle Yates struggled through five innings of work yielding six hits and five runs while striking out four. Yates was touched up in the second inning on a John Bowker solo shot, and then a two-run shot by Travis Ishikawa in the third.

New Hampshire battled back when veteran Wayne Lydon hit his second home run in as many days, with a runner on, cutting the lead to three. The Fisher Cats then rallied in the fifth inning for four more runs. The inning started with two consecutive singles followed by a Dustin Majewski double driving in a run, and then a sacrifice fly from shortstop Sergio Santos. Chip Cannon and Rob Cosby each drove in a run in consecutive at-bats and tied the game at six.

Pitchers took over and the game at that point and headed into extra innings. The Defenders broke the tie in the top of the eleventh off RP Jesse Carlson on a sacrifice fly double play. Dustin Majewski gunned down the runner heading into third base. In the bottom half, the Fisher Cats scored on a sacrifice fly from Erik Kratz tying the game at seven. In the top of the 13th the Defenders put two on with one out and broke the tie on a Jake Wald RBI single that was not fielded correctly by CF Lydon. New Hampshire went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Notes: Brazilian Left-Hander Jo Matumoto pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief striking out three. Chip Cannon went 2-6 with a run and a RBI and CF Wayne Lydon went 2-4 with a HR, and 2 walks
Kristopher Daly,

Clearwater 6 - Dunedin 2

Clearwater scored three runs in the second inning and cruised to a 6-2 victory over Dunedin Monday night. Kurt Isenberg fell to 0-1 after lasting just 4 2/3 innings and allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Kristian Bell pitched well in relief of Isenberg tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit, while striking out three batters. Danny Core tossed two innings and allowed a run, on two hits.

Anthony Hatch, Josh Kreuzer, Brian Jeroloman and Juan Peralta each had two hits in the loss. Hatch hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning.

Lansing 8 - West Michigan 3

After nearly a week of waiting, the Lansing Lugnuts finally took the field to kick-off their 2007 Midwest League campaign. Consider it worth the wait. Lansing took an early lead and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps before 3,574 fans at Fifth Third Ballpark Monday night.

Lansing took the lead in the first when the Whitecaps' Duane Below walked the bases loaded with two men out. Brian Pettway then dumped a single into right field that plated both Chris Gutierrez and Sean Shoffit to give the Lugnuts the 2-0 lead.

The Whitecaps fought back in the second when Jeff Kunkel's single scored Ryan Strieby to cut the lead to 2-1.

Lansing got the run back in the third when Jonathan Jaspe singled home Yuber Rodiguez to make it 3-1. Rodriguez finished the night 1-for-2 with an RBI. He also drew three walks.

The two teams traded two run innings in the fourth before Lansing added three runs in the seventh to blow the game open.

Josh Bell took the first offering of the inning from Casey Fein and hammered a solo shot to left-center field to make it 6-3. After Travis Snider singled and Rodriguez walked, Pettway delivered a two-run double into left-center field to make it 8-3. Pettway finished 2-for-5 with four RBI in the game.

Zach Dials (1-0) pitched well for Lansing, picking up the win after tossing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out three batters in the game as well.

The Lugnuts bullpen was fabulous in the game, as three pitchers combined to go the final four frames while allowing just one hit and fanning six.

Lansing (1-0) and West Michigan (0-3) will play the second game of the series tomorrow night at Fifth Third Ballpark. Lefty Nick Starner will take the bump for the Lugnuts, while right-hander Jonah Nickerson will throw for the Whitecaps. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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