After starting the second half of the Midwest League season 2-0, the Great Lakes Loons (38-34 overall, 2-1 second half) dropped a 4-2 decision to the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Starter Jordan Sheffield (1-5, 3.16 ERA) was charged with the loss after a shaky first inning where he fell behind 3-0 after giving up 3-runs on 2-hits and 2-walks, striking out 1-batter, while only lasting 2/3 of the first inning before Loons manager Jeremy Rodriguez replaced him with newcomer Ryan Moseley.
The newcomer, a 6-foot-3 RHP from Lubbock, TX had reported to the Loons earlier in the week on Jun. 22, from the advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Moseley was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth round of the 2016 MLB draft before being traded to the Dodgers for LHP Vidal Nuno on Feb. 19, of this year.
Moseley (2.08 ERA) who played college baseball at Texas Tech, looked good in his first game at Dow Diamond, giving up just 1-run on 1-hit and 3-walks, while striking out 3-batters through 4 1/3 innings.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Loons DH Carlos Rincon (12) put his team on the board with his twelfth home run, a solo shot to straight away center field to get the Loons to within 2-runs (3-1) of the Cubs.
After the Cubs extended the lead to 4-1 in the top of the third inning, Loons second baseman Gersel Pitre ripped an RBI single to drive in left fielder Mitchell Hansen to make it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the sixth inning, however, that was as close as the Loons would get.
Loons center fielder Cody Thomas, who homered twice 2 games ago, before hitting a walk off homer to win the game last night, was 2 for 4, followed by his 'Smash-Brother,' Rincon, who was 1 for 4 with his HR tonight to pace the Loons offense.
Hansen was 1 for 2 with 2-walks, while Pitre and Loons third baseman Brendon Davis each added hits as well.
The Loons will wrap up this 4-game home stand with a 2:05 pm game at Dow Diamond tomorrow afternoon, before heading out on a 4-game road trip Mon-Thur.