Beloit scored in the bottom of the 1st inning Thursday, ending Lansing pitchers’ scoreless streak at 24 innings, but the Snappers didn’t avoid being swept by the Lugnuts.
The Lugnuts won 6-1 at Pohlman Field after Lansing hurlers picked right back up where they left off after allowing a run in the opening inning. Reliever Conor Fisk, who took over for starter Sean Reid-Foley to start the 4th, got the win after giving up only two hits and one walk while striking out five batters in five scoreless innings.
Juan Kelly and Ryan Hissey each drove in two runs for the Lugnuts. Lansing baserunners stole seven bases, including two each by Lane Thomas and Gunnar Heidt.
The Midwest League single-game record for stolen bases by a team is 11, set by the Mattoon Indians in 1949 (when the MWL was known as the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League) and matched by the 1964 Quad City Angels.
T-Rats toss two-hit, 1-0 shutout
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers two-hit the Great Lakes Loons on Thursday to win their fifth consecutive game. Jake Drossner picked up the win in relief after giving up one hit and no walks while striking out six batters in five innings.
David Denson went 2-for-4, stole a base, and drove in the game’s only run.
Donatella dominates Dayton
Justin Donatella pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday to help lead the Kane County Cougars to a 9-0 win over the Dayton Dragons. He gave up only three hits and one walk, struck out six, and improved to 3-0 while lowering his ERA to 0.39.
In his four starts this season, Donatella has given up only one earned run and two walks while striking out 20.
Trevor Mitsui and Galli Cribbs each drove in three runs for the Cougars in Wednesday’s game.
DeSclafani start moved to Friday
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani’s rehab start for the Dayton Dragons has been moved from Thursday to Friday. He will face the Clinton LumberKings instead of the Kane County Cougars.
DeSclafani pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2012, with New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and Toronto Blue Jays centerfielder Kevin Pillar among his teammates. You can read how DeSclafani and his fellow future major-leaguers performed for the Lugnuts here.