Lansing Lugnuts SS Emilio Guerrero went 6-for-6 with a grand slam and 5 RBI to tie the Midwest League record for most hits in a game Friday.
Two other Lugnuts players have gotten six hits in a game — Franklin German, who played for Lansing in 1999 and 2000, and Kevin Pillar, who did it last year en route to winning the Midwest League MVP award. The Toronto Blue Jays promoted Pillar to their big-league team earlier this week; so far he is hitless in seven at-bats.
Comebacker catch makes SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays
Lugnuts LHP Daniel Norris’ survival instinct helped land him on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Thursday night. Here’s how the Lansing State Journal described the play:
During their away game against the West Michigan Whitecaps, a line drive came right at Norris’ head. In a split-second move, the pitcher was able to get his glove up and block his face – good news indeed, but the best part was yet to come.
“The entire crowd, it was this collective moment of horror and shock. He’s lying on his back, then he slowly rises up and shows the ball in his glove and everyone starts cheering,” Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the Lugnuts’ radio broadcaster, said.
After taking a few suspenseful, yet well-deserved, minutes to get his heartbeat back to normal, Norris was back out on the mound.
“He’s taking it right in stride,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “He wasn’t shaken up at all, he’s one of our top young prospects.”
You can see video of the play by clicking here.
The Lugnuts went on to win 2-1. Norris got a no-decision, despite giving up only one run on four hits and one walk while striking out eight batters in five innings.
Ex-‘Nuts pitchers rack up double-digit Ks
Friday was a big night for a pair of former Lugnuts hurlers who were part of last year’s rotation of highly-touted pitching prospects.
Miami Marlins prospect Justin Nicolino struck out 13 in six innings for the Double-A Jacksonville Suns. He gave up only three hits. He improved to 3-2.
New York Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 over five innings and improved to 6-0 for the Double-A Binghamton Mets.
In 2012, Nicolino went 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 124.1 IP, while Syndergaard went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 103.2 IP. Both were traded by the Toronto Blue Jays after the season.