Bradley's Blasts Boost Lake County
Eastlake, Ohio - Lake County scored five unearned runs in the third inning to take an 8-4 lead and proceeded to defeat the Loons 9-6 on Saturday night at Classic Park.
Lake County (53-50; 17-18) takes the series in two games against Great Lakes (53-51; 15-20) and has now won four straight. The Loons fall to 1-7 at Classic Park (they won the first game of the season at the Captains' yard) and 6-12 against Lake County on the season.
The Loons have scored first in their last four losses to Lake County, including tonight. Justin Chigbogu opened the scoring for the Loons on an RBI groundout with the bases loaded in the first inning. It started a big night and continued a big series for Chigbogu who later homered for the second night in a row as part of a three-RBI performance on Saturday.
Chigbogu's antics were not enough, as Lake County belted two three-run home runs in the first three innings against right-hander Scott Barlow.
Left-hander Bobby Bradley, the Midwest League leader in home runs, took the Loons deep twice to center field to up his season total to 18. His first shot in the third inning gave the Captains a 3-1 lead and his solo shot in the seventh extended his team's lead to 9-4.
In his second game with the Loons, second baseman Willie Calhoun singled twice and drove in his first run for Great Lakes in the second inning. Chigbogu's blast in the third gave the Loons a fleeting 4-3 edge.
The bottom of the third proved the pivotal frame of the night. With Yonathan Mendoza on first base and nobody out, Anthony Santander grounded a ball to Calhoun, stationed to the right of second. Calhoun underhanded the ball to Michael Ahmed, the shortstop covering second, but the ball deflected off Ahmed's glove and both runners reached safely.
The Loons missed a chance to turn a tailor-made double play and Lake County cashed in. A wild pitch from Barlow moved both runners into scoring position, which enabled Bradley to tie the game on a sacrifice fly. The 19-year-old Bradley finished the night 2-for-3 with two runs, two home runs and five RBI.
Taylor Murphy then reached on a ball booted by Chigbogu at first and Santander scored to again give Lake County the lead. After a single by Francisco Mejia, the walk-off hero of a night ago, Yu-Cheng Chang delivered a crushing blow with a three-run shot to right center.
All five runs in the frame were unearned.
The Loons return to Dow Diamond to open a six-game homestand on Tuesday, August 4 against the western division. The Beloit Snappers come to town for a 7:05 p.m. EDT first pitch.
The Great Lakes Loons are a ninth-year Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. For tickets and more information about the Loons, visit Loons.com, or call 989-837-BALL.
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