Blowout Win Earns First Series Victory of Second Half
CLINTON, Iowa - A seven-run 2nd inning thrusted the Great Lakes Loons in front of the Clinton LumberKings on Thursday night and carried them to a 10-1 win at Ashford University Field.
The Loons (5-18, 29-60) tallied a season-high 18 hits including seven in the 2nd inning. 15 of the 18 Loons hits were singles; they did not hit a home run or a triple in the game. Brandon Montgomery, Luke Heyer, and Josh McLain each had three hits and Brayan Morales, Romer Cuadrado, Gersel Pitre, and Eric Peterson each had two.
After the seven-run 2nd inning, the Loons padded their lead with an additional run in the 3rd inning and two more in the 6th.
In what might have been the best all-around team win of the season for the Loons, the pitching was equally as good as the offense. Starter Alfredo Tavarez went 5 2/3 innings allowing just one run against the final batter he faced - and RBI single by Onil Pena. Tavarez (W, 1-3) earned his first win in 15 career appearances with the Loons.
The combination of Dan Jagiello (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB) and Melvin Jimenez (2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB) preserved the wide margin of victory for Great Lakes late.
The LumberKings (9-11, 48-42) have now lost eight straight games and are hitting just .136 (9-66) through the first two games of the series. It was their starter, Randy Bell, who allowed most of the damage to the Loons on the other side of the ball. Bell (L, 1-2) conceded seven earned runs on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings.
This is the first series win for the Loons since June 14 against West Michigan at Dow Diamond. It's the Loons' first road series win since May 28 against Lake County. Friday night the Loons attempt to complete their first series sweep of the 2018 season. It would be the first road sweep for the Loons since August 4, 2016.
First pitch on Friday night is at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Pregame coverage dawns at 6.
The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team's home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.
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