Former Florida Gator Deacon Liput powered the Great Lakes Loons (38-68) to its second consecutive series (3 games to 1) victory, belting 2-home runs with 3-RBI's for a 3-2 Loons win over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) in front of 2,519 at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH earlier this afternoon.
After Great Lakes DH Josh McLain had led off the game with a single, Liput (3) followed with a 2-run home run, his third of the season to give the Loons a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Captains answered in the second when RF Will Benson (16) took Loons starter Gerardo Carillo deep with his Midwest League-leading sixteenth home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall, which cut the Loons' lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning, before Captains third baseman Nolan Jones drove in second baseman Miguel Eladio (who had singled) with an RBI-single to tie the game at 2-runs apiece in the bottom of the third inning.
Carillo (2.25 ERA) would settle in for a quality start after giving up the 2-runs on 4-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 4-batters through 5-solid innings, before he was replaced by yet another new arm in the ever-improving Great Lakes bullpen, as Dodgers 2018 draft pick, LHP Austin Drury (1-0, 0.00 ERA) made his MWL debut, picking up his first single-A win after giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out 2-batters through 2-innings of relief.
Liput (4) then put the Loons ahead for good in the seventh when he smashed his second homer of the afternoon, a 2-out bomb over the center field wall at Classic Park to give the Loons a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Loons closer Jaciel Alvina (SV4, 2.84 ERA) continues to pile up the saves, sealing the deal for the Loons after collecting his fourth save of the year, while allowing just a hit and a walk, with 2-strikeouts to close out the final 2-innings.
Liput added a single to finish 3 for 4 with 3-RBI's, including his 2-HR's to lead the Loons' offense today, followed by Great Lakes second baseman Devin Mann, who was 1 for 3 with 1-walk.
The Loons will now return to Midland to kick off the month of August with 6-straight home games, beginning with a 3-game series (Wed-Fri) against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) with game-1 set for 7:05 pm tomorrow night at Dow Diamond.