The Great Lakes Loons (37-33 overall, 1-0 in the second half) finished the final 2 2/3 innings of last night's rain-suspended game with a 4-3 victory over the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) prior to the previously scheduled game against the Cubs at Dow Diamond tonight.
Thursday night, the game was suspended when a massive amount of rain suddenly dumped down on Dow Diamond while the Loons' and Cubs' were tied at 1-run apiece with 1-out in the bottom of the seventh inning after Loons left fielder Mitchell Hansen had grounded out in a blinding rain.
The game picked up tonight with South Bend getting the final two outs of the seventh inning, before going on to score 2-runs in the top of the eighth to take a 3-1 lead. The Loons would answer with a 2-out rally to score 3-runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning.
Great Lakes reliever Miguel Urena plunked South Bend DH Isaac Paredes with a pitch to lead off the top half of the eighth, before giving up a 2-run home run to Cubs' right fielder Chris Pieters (3) for a 3-1 South Bend lead midway through eight innings of play.
The Loons responded with a 2-out rally in the bottom of the eighth when right fielder Darien Tubbs, who was in the game to replace Carlos Rincon in right field, reached base on a throwing error by South Bend shortstop Zach Short.
Former Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas (12) who had gotten the Loons on the board with a solo home run (his 11th of the season) in the second inning prior to last night's rain delay, belted his second home run of the game (12th of the season), a 2-run shot over the right-center field wall at Dow Diamond to tie the game at 3-runs apiece.
Loons shortstop Brendon Davis followed Thomas with a single, then scored on an RBI double off the bat of catcher Keibert Ruiz for the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Urena (3-0, 1.55 ERA) finished out the game, earning his third victory of the season for the Loons after giving up 2-runs on the Pieters' homer, along with 1-walk, while striking out 2-batters through 3-innings.
Thomas finished 2 for 3 with 3-RBI's 1-walk, and the 2 home runs, while Davis, Hansen, second baseman Gavin Lux, and first baseman Erick Meza were each 1 for 3 respectively for the Loons. Ruiz was 1 for 4 with the game winning RBI.
The Loons went on to start the second game of the 4-game series with the Cubs immediately after completing the 2 2/3 innings tonight. The two teams will wrap up the series Sun-Mon at Dow Diamond.