Robson Returns as Lugnuts Dodge Hot Rods
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Prospect Tom Robson made his first Lugnuts appearance in over a year and the Lansing Lugnuts (18-18, 60-46) used opportunistic hitting and clutch pitching to shut down the Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-17, 56-50), 3-1, Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green stranded 10 runners on base, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and deserting runners at first and third in the sixth, and at second and third in the seventh.
Robson, the #25 prospect in the organization, made his return from Tommy John surgery with a 3.2-inning stint, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four and touching 97 miles-per-hour. He departed amid the bases-loaded jam in the fourth, watching from the dugout as teammate Mark Biggs induced a flyout from Hunter Lockwood.
Biggs (Win, 3-3), a native of Bowling Green, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings before handing the ball over to a newly-activated Justin Shafer for the eventful sixth and seventh frames.
Shafer allowed the Hot Rods' only run, an RBI single from Lockwood in the sixth inning, but wriggled away from further harm and passed the baton to Carlos Ramirez.
Ramirez (Save, 4) finally settled things down, burning through the final six Hot Rods batters in perfect fashion, striking out two.
Bowling Green starter Chris Pike (Loss, 8-5) worked 6 2/3 innings but was victimized by a D.J. Davis RBI single in the second inning and a Dawel Lugo RBI single in the sixth.
The Lugs added an insurance run in the ninth thanks to a Lugo RBI double off reliever Kyle Bird.
Lugo finished the night 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .324 and hitting safely for the 19th time in his last 20 games.
Lansing looks for the series victory at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, starting right-hander Starlyn Suriel (6-6, 3.76) against Bowling Green right-hander Jose Mujica (0-0, 3.00).
The Lugs come back to Cooley Law School Stadium on a Dollar Deal Day, Tuesday, August 4th, opening a six-game homestand against Wisconsin and Beloit. For more information, call (517) 485-4500 or visit lansinglugnuts.com.
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