Thank Goodness for Lugnuts

Thursday, May 15 2008 @ 10:30 PM EDT

Contributed by: Marc Hulet

Lansing was the only club that could pull out a win on Thursday. The day was also marked by a number of promotions.

Charlotte 6 Syracuse 5

Mike MacDonld, converted to reliever earlier this season, received the spot start for Syracuse. He pitched well, allowing one run on six hits over five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Mike Gallo, promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Jordan DeJong blew the save by allowing one run over 1.1 innings of work and Mike Gosling took the loss after allowing an unearned run over one-third of an inning (his own throwing error). Offensively, Wayne Lydon led the way with a 3-for-4 night and he also scored a run and drove in a run. Russ Adams was 2-for-5 with a solo homer and Matt Watson also had two hits.

Connecticut 7 New Hampshire 3

Brett Cecil had another solid, albeit short, outing by allowing one run on four hits over 4.2 innings of work. He walked two and struck out four. Julio Pinto followed up and allowed four runs over 1.2 innings of work. Seth Overbey allowed one run on four hits over 1.2 innings. Brandon Camardese, just promoted from Dunedin allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning. Scott Campbell was 2-for-4 with a run scored, double and a walk. Travis Snider was 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. David Smith went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer.

Lakeland 8 Dunedin 7

Ray Gonzalez had a rough start for Dunedin by allowing four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out one. Brian Pettway took the loss after he allowed three runs in one inning. Celson Polanco allowed a run over 1.2 innings and Paul Phillips worked a scoreless inning. Offensively, both Brian Dopirak and Brad Emaus went 3-for-5 with solo homers. Sean Shoffit and Luis Sanchez both went 2-for-4 but Sanchez also scored two runs. Adam Calderone was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. J.P. Arencibia, who’s been hot, went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Lansing 4 Dayton 2

Brad Mills had his second nice outing in a row. The lefty did not allow a run over 5.2 innings. He scattered four hits, walked one batter and struck out eight (and 34 in his last four starts over 21.2 innings). Canadian Brad Cuthbertson was roughed up and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over an inning of work. Cody Crowell struck out three during 1.1 innings of work (29 K in 16 innings this season) and Edgar Estanga worked a scoreless inning. Justin Jackson broke out of his slump and went 2-for-4. Kevin Ahrens went 1-for-3 and hit his first homer of the season - a three-run shot. Eric Eiland made his 2008 debut, after beginning the year in extended spring training, and went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, run scored and a strikeout. Mike McDade continues to heat up and also went 2-for-3 to bring his average over .200 for the first time this season. Rumour has it Nate Starner, after his short start last night, has been promoted to Dunedin, although he has yet to be officially activated.

Three Stars:
3. Brad Emaus and Brian Dopirak for 3-for-5 nights with solo homers.
2. Eric Eiland for going 2-for-3 in his season debut with a double and a triple.
1. Brad Mills for striking out eight batters over 5.2 innings and not allowing a run.