Shutout Start to Western Division Road Trip
CLINTON, Iowa - The Great Lakes Loons had just four hits on Wednesday night, but Josh McLain's single in the 10th inning was all they needed to secure a 1-0 victory in a series opener over the Clinton LumberKings at Ashford University Field.
Just as important as the McLain single scoring Luke Heyer, Loons shortstop Deacon Liput made a play deep in the six-hole to retire Clinton's Juan Camacho in the bottom of the 10th inning to end the game with a runner on third base.
The Loons (4-16, 28-60) earn their first road win since May 28. The LumberKings (9-10, 48-41) have now lost seven straight.
Even though the Great Lakes offense struggled for the second straight game, their pitching staff kept them alive. Starter Edwin Uceta threw six scoreless innings tallying seven strikeouts. It was the longest outing of Uceta's Loons career without allowing a run.
Dodger's 11th-round pick Stephen Kolek made his Loons debut in relief of Uceta throwing two scoreless innings on 27 pitches. Finally, the Loons called upon Jasiel Alvino to carry them into extras. Alvino (W, 1-0) struck out three en route to collecting the final six outs of the ballgame.
Clinton's staff matched the Loons punch-for-punch until the 10th. Starter Scott Boches, making just his third start of the season, ceded only two baserunners through five innings. University of Michigan and Grandville High School product Oliver Jaskie delivered two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Collin Kober did the same as Jaskie to push the game into extras, but Marvin Gorgas (L, 3-2) could not keep Great Lakes quiet entirely.
The Loons are off to a 1-0 start on their second and final visit to the Western Division of the 2018 season. This series rolls on from Clinton, Iowa on Thursday with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Pregame coverage on ESPN 100.9-FM begins 30 minutes prior to first pitch.
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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