LANSINGâ€“ The Lansing Lugnuts are off to the best start in team history in 2007 after a 6-3 win over the Kane County Cougars at Oldsmobile Park Wednesday night put the Lugnuts at 8-1 this season. The win marks the seventh consecutive victory by the Lugnuts.
Lansing trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, but plated three runs in the frame to overtake the Cougars. Scott Campbell led the inning off with his second double of the night. Travis Snider followed that with an infield single before Josh Bell brought home Campbell to make it 2-2. Sean Shoffit then doubled down the right field line to score both runners and make it a 4-2 game in favor of Lansing.
The Lugnuts added two more runs in the very next inning. Snider tripled to left-center field to plate Yuber Rodriguez and make it a 5-2 lead for Lansing. Bell then ripped his second RBI single of the game to make it 6-2. It appeared that Lugnuts lead would go up 8-2 on a Sean Shoffit homer, but the ball was ruled to be a double and the Lugnuts were forced to settle for the four run advantage.
Kane County scored one run in the seventh on a Christian Vitters single to cut the lead to 6-3. The Cougars were then able to load the bases with two men out, but Seth Overbey entered the game to get the final out of the inning and keep the Lugnuts ahead by three.
A.J. Wideman (2-0) got the win for the Lugnuts, throwing five innings and allowing two runs on eight hits. Only one run was earned.
Seth Overbey picked up the save in 2 1/3 innings of superb relief work. It was his third save of the year.
Lansing (8-1) will host Kane County (1-9) for game three of the series on Thursday night at Oldsmobile Park. It will be a Molson Thirsty Thursday, with beer and soda on-sale for just $2. Chase Lirette (1-0, 0.00) will get the start for the Lugnuts, while Inoel Deaza (0-2, 5.87) will try and stop a six game slide for the Cougars. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.