LANSING, Mich. – The Lansing Lugnuts (14-9) received a walk-off single from Chris Hopkins in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Fort Wayne TinCaps (11-11), 3-2, and capture their 1,000th all-time victory before a Saturday night crowd of 8,212 at Cooley Law School Stadium.
The Lugnuts' first
victory came on April 6, 1996, an 18-3 rout
of the now-defunct Rockford Cubbies. 5,138 days later, the
with three All-Star Games and two Midwest League Championships under
belt, reached the 1,000 win mark in dramatic fashion.
After losing a 2-1
lead in the eighth inning on Everett
Williams' two-out RBI single, the Lugnuts rallied in the ninth
Wayne reliever Hayden Beard (1-1).
lined a one-out single and was replaced by
pinch-runner Oliver Dominguez, who swiftly stole second base. Ryan
drew a four-pitch walk to bring up Hopkins, activated from the
List hours earlier in the day. The Oakland native sliced a 2-2 pitch
Beard down the right field line, sending Dominguez racing for home
touching off a jubilant celebration on the field.
Steve Turnbull (1-2)
earned the victory in relief for Lansing,
striking out all four hitters he faced. In all, Lugnuts pitchers
14 Fort Wayne batters, including six strikeouts in three innings of
work by left-hander Matt Wright.
Having split the
first two games in their four-game series,
the Lugnuts and TinCaps play the third game in their set on Sunday
p.m., a Kids Day at Cooley Law School Stadium. Lansing right-hander
Jenkins (1-1, 3.75) is scheduled to oppose Fort Wayne southpaw Mike