Loons Lose Battle to Dragons
MIDLAND, MI - The Great Lakes Loons landed on the wrong side of a back-and-forth battle with the Dayton Dragons Wednesday night at Dow Diamond, losing 8-7 before 3,387 Loons fans.
The Loons scored seven runs within the first four innings, but watched their lead disappear in the sixth on Dayton's game-tying sacrifice fly. The Dragons took the final lead of the game in the eighth inning with Loons reliever Jose Dominguez on the mound. After two quick outs, the Dominican surrendered three consecutive singles, the last one scoring the eventual game winner.
"We took advantage of some things early to take the lead," Loons manager John Shoemaker said. "But give Dayton credit. They came back with a couple of runs there in the middle of the game to get the game even and shut us down the rest of the way."
Down 3-2 with no outs in the second inning, the Loons loaded the bases on a bunt single from James Baldwin and converted the situation for three runs to take a 5-3 lead. A groundout and wild pitch each scored one run, while MWL All-Star O'Koyea Dickson doubled in the third Loons base runner. The Loons plated a pair runs over the next two frames with Pratt Maynard's RBI-double and a groundout double-play that scored Scott Schebler.
Ralston Cash started on the hill for the Loons and allowed five earned runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings of work. Cash recorded his final two outs as strikeouts, finishing with a total of two. Noriega allowed two runs to tie the game in his single inning of work, before Dominguez entered in the seventh.
Dominguez collected two strikeouts and one walk in his first inning, but ran into trouble before recording the eight inning's final out. Dominguez was charged with the loss, his third. Mike Thomas finished the game with 1.1 innings of hitless baseball and one strikeout.
Four consecutive hits by Loons batters scored the team's initial runs in the first, but the Dragons quickly answered with a home run strike from first baseman Sean Buckley in the second inning to level the game, before taking a 3-2 lead later in the inning.
The Loons host the rubber match of their three-game set with the Dragons on Thursday at Dow Diamond as RHP Ryan O'Sullivan (5-4, 2.77) makes the start against Dayton's RHP Daniel Tuttle (1-3, 5.28) at 7:05 p.m. The night marks one of Chemical Bank's $1 Family Feast Nights, where fans can purchase hot dogs, 16 oz. Coke products and ice cream sandwiches for just $1 apiece.
The Great Lakes Loons are a sixth-year Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and are in the middle of their 5th Anniversary Celebration, which kicked off in August 2011 and will continue throughout the 2012 season. For more information about the Loons, visit Loons.com or call 989-837-BALL.
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