Edward Olivares became the first Lugnuts player since 2010 to hit for the cycle as Lansing got to Cubs pitcher Dylan Cease and beat South Bend 11-5 Monday at Cooley Law School Stadium.
In addition to hitting for the cycle — Lansing’s first since Brad Glenn did it on July 26, 2010 — Olivares drove in four runs and scored twice. Other Lansing offensive highlights: J.B. Woodman hit a two-run homer, Ryan Hissey drove in three runs, and Bradley Jones reached base four times (triple, double, single, walk) and drove in a run.
Lansing’s offensive outburst began against Cease, who was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week earlier in the day. The top Chicago Cubs pitching prospect lasted only four innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five.
Cease’s counterpart, Lugnuts SP Patrick Murphy, didn’t fare well either, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out five in 4.2 innings. The difference in the game came as Lansing’s bullpen gave up only one run in 5.1 innings, while South Bend’s bullpen gave up eight runs in four innings.
Cubs DH Wladimir Galindo had three hits and walked once, and teammate Isaac Paredes hit a two-run homer.