Osuna returns, helps Lugs split doubleheader
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - Jared Reaves was an extra-inning, walk-off hero in game one and Roberto Osuna looked dominant in game two as the Lansing Lugnuts (28-33) and West Michigan Whitecaps (29-33) split a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, the Caps taking game one, 4-3, and the Lugs winning game two, 2-0.
With the bases loaded against Lugs reliever Tucker Donahue (Loss, 2-2) in the bottom of the 10th inning and the game tied at 3-3 in game one, Reaves ripped a single to left field, scoring David Gonzalez to give the Whitecaps the 4-3 win in 10 innings.
With both games of the doubleheader slated for seven innings, the Lugnuts forced extras after scoring a run to tie the game 3-3 in the sixth. Chris Hawkins drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on an RBI single by Emilio Guerrero.
After not scoring a single run against the Lugs in their first three meetings, West Michigan's first run came via a solo homer by Jake Stewart in the second inning, tying the game 1-1 at that point.
Angel Nesbitt (Win, 2-1) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief for the Whitecaps, earning the win. Charlie Gillies was the West Michigan starter, going 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Only two of the runs were earned. Gillies walked three and struck out two in the no-decision.
The Lugnuts bullpen got a night off Saturday as both Ben White and Kramer Champlin went the distance in the doubleheader, and it was needed because game one starter Daniel Norris was taken out of the game due to injury in the second inning after going just 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on three hits, striking out two and walking two.
Roberto Osuna returned from the disabled list for the Lugnuts to start game two of the doubleheader, making his first appearance since April 30th against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
After allowing a leadoff double to Danry Vasquez in the bottom of the first inning, Osuna retired the next 14 batters he faced before Gonzalez dribbled an infield single up the middle in the fifth inning. Osuna pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just those two hits. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.
On the other side, West Michigan starter Julio Felix (Loss, 0-3) also pitched well but made one costly mistake.
After Jorge Flores reached first on an error on Devon Travis, Kevin Patterson smashed a two-run homer over the fence in right-center, putting Lansing on top 2-0, the only runs of the ballgame.
Felix lasted four innings, allowing just one hit, the Patterson homer. Both of his runs allowed were earned and he struck out three without issuing a walk.
The finale of the five-game series is set for a 7:00 p.m. first pitch on Monday night. Lansing will go with right-hander Javier Avendano (4-3, 5.24) against Whitecaps lefty Jordan John (4-3, 3.24).
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