Sac Fly Tips 'Caps Past Loons
COMSTOCK PARK, MI - Joe Tucker lifted a fly ball into center field with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring Cory Middleton and leading West Michigan to a 3-2 victory over the Great Lakes Loons.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 10th, Francisco Lizarraga singled to lead off the inning. A balk by Scott Green sent Lizarraga to second. But Yossandy Garcia struck out trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Erik Kanaby struck out and Parker Dalton flew out to center to end the Loons' threat.
The Whitecaps responded in the bottom of the 10th. With one out, Middleton, Kyle Peter and Justin Henry recorded three consecutive singles to load the bases. Tucker followed with his fly ball to center. Kanaby's throw home was strong but up the first base side of home plate, allowing Middleton to score the game-winner.
Bob Zimmerman (1-4) was tagged with the loss. He retired the first six batters he faced prior to the Caps' dramatics in the 10th.
Juan Cedeno started for the Loons and recorded a no-decision, allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings.
The Loons struck for two runs to take the lead in the third inning. After a two-out double by Dalton, Eduardo Perez singled him home. Perez then scored on a single by Brandon Taylor, which was followed by a throwing error by Roger Tomas.
Chris Carlson's fourth inning solo homer pulled West Michigan to within one run. They tied the score in the seventh on a one-out triple by Kody Kaiser.
Dalton finished the game with three hits - two doubles - and a run scored.
The Loons fall to a season-worst 31 games under .500 (51-82). The loss was the Loons' 28th one-run loss and 39th loss when led.
The Loons and Whitecaps resume their four-game series Wednesday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. Game time is 7pm. Righty Given Kutz (4-5, 4.52 ERA) will face right-hander Andrew Hess (1-3, 3.36), a University of Michigan product. The game will be carried on the Loons' flagship radio home, ESPN 100.9-FM.
The Great Lakes Loons are the second-year Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and members of the Midwest League. For more information about the Loons, visit Loons.com or call 989-837-BALL.
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