Behind Diaz and Smith, Lugs Win 3rd Straight
LANSING, Mich. - Yennsy Diaz fired five hitless innings and Kevin Smith plated five runs with two big swings, driving the Lansing Lugnuts (11-6) past the Dayton Dragons (9-7), 7-0, on Tuesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The Dragons only collected two hits in the game: a two-out Morgan Lofstrom single in the seventh and a one-out Mark Kolozsvary single in the eighth.
Diaz (Win, 2-0) walked three Dragons batters in the first inning, escaping the frame on a strikeout, a caught-stealing and a deep flyout to left. From then on, he allowed only one more base runner in, a two-out walk to Jeter Downs in the fourth. In total, Diaz struck out five and walked four, lowering his ERA to 0.40 and his opponent batting average to .054 (4 hits in 74 at-bats).
Smith supplied the run support, knocking a two-out, two-run double off Dayton starter Packy Naughton (Loss, 1-1) in the first inning, and then victimizing Naughton for a two-out, three-run homer in the third inning for a 5-0 lead. It was the shortstop's second home run of the year.
Lansing added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings, thanks to a bases-loaded walk drawn by Samad Taylor and an RBI single from Brock Lundquist respectively, to close out the scoring.
Dalton Rodriguez pitched the sixth and seventh innings for the Lugnuts, striking out one. Brody Rodning wrapped up the eighth and ninth innings, notching two strikeouts.
Lansing has scored 17 runs in the first two games of the four-game series, increasing its Midwest League-leading run total to 104. The Lugnuts' offense also drew 10 walks, including three by Taylor and two apiece by Cullen Large and Matt Morgan.
Ryan Noda coaxed his MiLB-leading 23rd walk of the year, extending his on-base streak to 14 games.
Lugnuts lefty Zach Logue (3.24 ERA) starts the third game of the series, a Winning Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Dayton counters with right-hander Mac Sceroler (5.79). To purchase tickets, visit lansinglugnuts.com or call (517) 485-4500.
• Discuss this story on the Midwest League message board...
Midwest League Stories from April 25, 2018
- McDonald Rips Walk-Off Single, Snappers Win 9-8 - Beloit Snappers
- Perez, Karinchak Spin Combined No-Hitter - Lake County Captains
- Chiefs Get Walked Off 9-8 on Wednesday - Peoria Chiefs
- Hot Rods Score First, but Fall to South Bend 17-4 - Bowling Green Hot Rods
- Break-Even Game Won by Bees - Cedar Rapids Kernels
- Home runs not enough in 5-4 loss - Clinton LumberKings
- Lugnuts Continue Dayton Dominance, 13-2 - Lansing Lugnuts
- Five-Run Inning is Enough for a Rattler Win - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
- Dragons Fall to Lugnuts 13-2; Look for Win in Trip Finale Thursday - Dayton Dragons
- Whitecaps Washed Away by Lake County - West Michigan Whitecaps
- Home Runs Aplenty for Loons - Great Lakes Loons
- Loons Power Past TinCaps - Fort Wayne TinCaps
- TinCaps Game Notes: April 25 at Great Lakes (Game 20) - Fort Wayne TinCaps
- Wild Seventh Costs Cougars - Kane County Cougars
- Chiefs to Sign 5 Year Old Rocco Johnson Who Has Cerebral Palsy to Bench Coach May 3 - Peoria Chiefs
- Big Innings Push River Bandits to 10-5 Comeback Win - Quad Cities River Bandits
- Red Hot LumberKings return home for a 6-game stand - Clinton LumberKings
- Game Notes: Beloit Snappers vs. Peoria - Beloit Snappers
- Gin Blossoms in Concert with Tonic and the Rembrandts at Neuroscience Group Field on July 12 - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
- South Bend Cubs on the Rise - South Bend Cubs
- Updated High School Baseball Schedule at Fifth Third Field - Dayton Dragons
- Dragons GameDay Notes for Wednesday - Dayton Dragons
- MiLB.tv: A Service We Like but Want to Love - OSC Original by Paul Reeths
- Leadership Changes for Michigan Baseball Foundation - Great Lakes Loons
- Behind Diaz and Smith, Lugs Win 3rd Straight - Lansing Lugnuts
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.