2010-06-10

Jimenez, Lugnuts slam Chiefs, 7-3

PEORIA, Ill. All-Star catcher A.J. Jimenez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, and the Lansing Lugnuts (32-27) avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-3 victory over the Peoria Chiefs (32-28) on Thursday night at O'Brien Field.
The 20-year-old Jimenez broke a scoreless deadlock in the sixth inning with a two-run double to right field off Peoria starter Nick Struck (2-6), then blew the game wide open an inning later with the Lugnuts' first grand slam of the season. It was Jimenez's third home run of the year.
Fellow All-Star Chad Jenkins (5-4) earned the victory, allowing three runs on eight hits in seven innings. Jenkins struck out three and walked none, giving him 62 strikeouts compared just 12 walks in 12 starts.
Nestor Molina and Steve Turnbull closed out the Chiefs with scoreless frames in relief.
Kenny Wilson went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored and leadoff hitter Oliver Dominguez added a pair of hits and runs in five at-bats for Lansing in the win.
In the losing cause, Peoria third baseman Charles Thomas hit his fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh inning.
Lansing next heads to Burlington, Iowa, to open a three-game series with the Bees on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Lugnuts right-hander Ryan Tepera (5-2, 3.73) gets the start against the Bees' right-hander Matt Mitchell (1-5, 5.13).

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