Lugnuts Cap Regular Season With SweepSeptember 3, 2007 - Midwest League (MWL) Lansing Lugnuts
Lansing trailed 1-0 in the first after the Whitecaps' James Skelton blasted a solo homer to right field.
The Lugnuts responded in the bottom of the frame with a five-run rally. Jonathan Jaspe's two-out single plated Scott Campbell to tie the game at 1-1. After Brian Pettway walked, Matt Liuzza ripped a single to center to score Jaspe to make it a 2-1 game. Chris Emanuele followed that with a two-run triple off of the left field wall to push the lead to 4-1. Sean Shoffit capped the inning off with a suicide squezze that brought home Emanuele to give the lugnuts a 5-1 advantage.
The Whitecaps scored twice in the third before the Lugnuts were able to pull away for good. Campbell had an RBI double to give Lansing the 6-3 lead.
Lansing's Travis Snider added to the lead in the fourth with a long solo homer to right field to put the Lugnuts ahead 7-3.
Lansing finished the scoring barrage in the eighth with four more runs, highlighted by a Shoffit three-run triple.
Ray Gonzalez (9-7) got the win by tossing six innings and allowing three hits and three runs. Only one was earned.
Lansing (78-61, 42-27) will now turn its attention to round one of the Midwest League playoffs which begin Wednesday night at Oldsmobile Park. The Lugnuts will take on West Michigan (83-57, 45-25) in the best-of-three series.
Julio Pinto (3-4, 4.21) will hurl for the Lugnuts, while Duane Below (13-5, 2.97) will take the mound for the Whitecaps. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Midwest League Stories from September 3, 2007
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- Lugnuts Cap Regular Season With Sweep - Lansing Lugnuts
- Bees End Season with a Win - Burlington Bees
- Swept to end the regular season - West Michigan Whitecaps
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- Snappers To Face Quad Cities In First Round - Beloit Snappers
- Chiefs Win Season Finale, Beat Kernels 5-2 - Peoria Chiefs
- Chiefs Set Franchise Attendance Record - Peoria Chiefs
- Snappers End Regular Season on Positive Note - Beloit Snappers
- Swing Swept Away In Beloit - Quad Cities River Bandits
- Dragons Drop Regular Season Finale 8-5 - Dayton Dragons
- Kane County wraps up 17th season of baseball with a defeat in Wisconsin - Kane County Cougars
- Rattlers End Season With A Walk Off - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
- Playoffs Are Coming On Wednesday - Quad Cities River Bandits
- Kernels make the playoffs - Cedar Rapids Kernels
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