DAYTON, Ohio – The Lansing Lugnuts scored four runs in the first inning and starting pitcher Tayler Saucedo tossed seven shutout innings as the Lugnuts defeated the Dayton Dragons 6-0 on Wednesday night. The Lugnuts have won the first two games in the three-game set that will conclude on Thursday.
The first five Lansing batters reached base to begin the game, and Juan Kelly’s two-run double keyed the four-run first inning. The Lugnuts scored again in the fifth to extend their lead to 5-0, and then added one more in the eighth on a solo home run by Lane Thomas to close out the scoring.
Meanwhile, Saucedo (2-5) allowed only four hits over seven innings, making big pitches when he needed to as the Dragons went 0 for 6 with men in scoring position. The Dragons had runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Lansing pitchers retired the last 14 batters of the game, shutting down the Dragons without a base runner after Zack Shields’ one-out single in the fifth.
Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing the big first inning before recovering to go another six. Orewiler worked seven innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Mike Sullivan allowed one run in his only inning of work. Jeremy Kivel pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
The Dragons finished with four hits. Shields snapped an 0 for 15 slump by going 2 for 4. Reydel Medina had one hit to extend his hitting streak to five straight games. Hector Vargas had the other Dayton hit.
The Dragons (13-40) host Lansing (27-24) in the series finale on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Jacob Constante (1-5, 5.48) will start for Dayton against Lansing’s Jon Harris (3-1, 2.43).