The Great Lakes Loons (24-24) improved to .500 for the 2017 Midwest League season after a 4-run surge in the sixth inning to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) 7-2 in front of a sizable crowd (6,811 fans) at Cooley Law School Stadium in downtown Lansing, MI tonight.
With the game tied at 2-runs apiece in the top half of the sixth inning, Loons DH Oneil Cruz led off with a walk before third baseman Brendon Davis (4) belted his fourth home run of 2017 MWL season to make it a 4-2 game.
Catcher Steve Berman followed Davis with a single to left field before scoring on an RBI triple off the bat of first baseman Luis Paz.
Loons second baseman, former Ole Miss star Errol Robinson then drove in Paz with an RBI double to give the Loons a 6-2 lead midway through the sixth.
Great Lakes starter A.J. Alexy (0-2, 3.07 ERA) put together another quality start, giving up just 2-runs on 6-hits and a walk, while striking out 4-batters through 3.2 innings.
After falling into a 2-0 hole in the bottom of the first inning, the Loons would respond later in the top of the fourth when Paz doubled to drive in Cruz and Great Lakes' right fielder Mitchell Hansen to tie the game at 2-runs apiece.
Loons reliever Austin French (1-1, 6.00 ERA) piggy-backed on Alexy's successful start to earn his first win of the 2017 MWL season after allowing just 2-hits and a walk through 2.1 innings of relief.
The Loons would go on to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning after the speedy Robinson managed to reach on an error to lead off the inning, then quickly stole second before scoring on an RBI single off the bat of center fielder Cody Thomas for a 7-2 lead.
Paz finished 2 for 4 with 3-RBI's and 1-run scored, while Thomas was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Berman and Keibert Ruiz split duties behind the plate with both going 1 for 2 each respectively, while Berman also scored a run.
Davis, Robinson, and shortstop Gavin Lux were each 1 for 4 respectively from the plate tonight. Davis hit his fourth MWL dinger (a 2-run blast) as Robinson added an RBI double and 1-run scored, while Lux had one walk tonight. Cruz was 0 for 2, however, he did manage to score twice after reaching base on 2-walks to round out the Great Lakes offense.
Miguel Urena (2-0, 0.54 ERA) a 6-foot-8 RHP from Licey, Dominican Republic who pitched one game in triple-A last year before starting this season in Double-A for the Dodgers' AA affiliate in Tulsa, continues to dominate MWL batters after allowing just a walk while striking out 2-Lugnuts' batters through 3 scoreless, no-hit innings tonight.
With tonight's victory, the Loons have won 9 of its last 11 games and will look to finish out the series in Lansing with wins tomorrow (2:05 pm) and Monday (1:05 pm) before returning to host the Detroit Tigers' affiliate the West Michigan Whitecaps on Tue-Thurs next week at Dow Diamond.