After splitting a double header yesterday, the Great Lakes Loons (34-32) dropped the third game of a 4-game series 4-2 to Cincinnati Reds' affiliate, the Dayton Dragons (40-26) in front of 8,140 fans at Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, OH tonight.
The Dragons jumped on Loons starter Jordan Sheffield with 3-runs on 2-hits and 2-walks, along with some help from an infield error for a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Sheffield (1-4, 2.84 ERA) would give up one other run for a 4-0 Dayton lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, but would eventually settle in for a pretty decent start, giving up a total of 4-runs (only 2 of which were earned) on 4-hits and 3-walks through 5-innings.
Loons second baseman Brendon Davis (7) belted his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to cut the Dragons lead to 4-1 with 1-out in the top of the seventh inning.
Designated hitter Mitchell Hansen followed Davis with a walk, moving to third on a single by Loons catcher Stevie Berman, before beating out a 'time-play' to score when Loons first baseman Erick Meza hit into a non-traditional 3-6-3 double play.
Dayton first baseman James Vasquez fielded Meza's grounder, stepped on first then threw to his shortstop, Hector Vargas, who had to tag Berman at second in order to end the inning. Hansen, however, managed to cross home plate before the 'time-play' was complete, cutting the Dayton lead to 4-2 through seven innings.
Just three different Great Lakes batters managed a total of 4-hits against Dayton tonight; Davis' home run and Berman's single in the seventh, followed by Saige Jenco, who continues to be on fire from the plate, going 2 for 3 for the Loons tonight.
Loons reliever Miguel Urena (2-0, 1.00 ERA) allowed 2-hits, while striking out 3-batters through 2-innings of middle relief; while Andre Scrubb (1.56 ERA) walked one and struck out 1-batter to close out the ninth inning.
The Loons will look to split with the Dragons in a 7 pm meeting for the final game of the series at Fifth Third Field tomorrow night, before traveling south for the final 3-games of the first half of the Midwest League season against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) Fri-Sun this weekend.