Loons Looking Forward to Home Opener
Eastlake, Ohio - While the temperature was a little warmer at Classic Park than it was on Opening Day, it did not bring warmer Loons bats. Great Lakes mustered just five hits for the second consecutive day against Lake County and fell 6-1.
The Captains scored multiple runs in the first inning again and gave the Loons an uphill climb early. Indians 2018 1st round pick Bo Naylor tallied the first of his two RBI knocks off Loons starter Andre Jackson in the opening frame. Naylor did it again in the third. Jackson (L, 0-1) made it consecutive nights that a Loons starting pitcher could not make it out of the 3rd inning.
Meanwhile, Captains starter Raymond Burgos matched what Lake County's Opening Day starter Luis Oviedo did by keeping the Loons off the board for five innings. Burgos (W, 1-0) allowed just three baserunners to reach.
After 16 scoreless innings to start the season, Great Lakes finally plated a run on a bases loaded walk surrendered by former first overall pick Brady Aiken. Aiken, who had not pitched professionally since 2017, walked four straight batters in the 8th inning with Dan Robinson getting credit for the first Loons RBI of the season.
One takeaway that may be overlooked for the Loons was the ability of middle infield combination Leonel Valera (SS) and Jacob Amaya (2B). The young prospect combo turned three double plays in the loss.
Halfway through a four-game home-and-home series, the Loons and Captains travel north to Midland, Michigan, where games three and four will take place at Dow Diamond over the weekend. Dodgers prospect Josiah Gray makes his organizational debut after being part of the major league deal that sent multiple Dodgers, including Yasiel Puig, to the Cincinnati Reds in December. The Captains counter with Juan Mota. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EDT.
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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