Great Lakes Loons end season with loss to Lansing Lugnuts

Loons lose 5-4 to end Midwest League playoffs (0-2)

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, Great Lakes Loons,   By: Thomas Baird

11th September, 2015     0

Lansing, MI -   The 2015 season came to an end for the Great Lakes Loons last night falling to the Lansing Lugnuts 5-4 at Thomas Cooley Law Stadium in downtown Lansing.    Lansing sweeps the first round of the Midwest League playoffs 2-0 over Great Lakes appearing in their fourth playoffs in the 9 year history of the team. 

The Loons jumped out to an early lead in the first inning 2-0 against Lansing starter Justin Shafer.    But that would be all the runs the Loons would get off the Lansing staff until a two out rally in the ninth inning to go ahead of the Lugnuts 4-3.    Great Lakes starting pitcher Andrew Sopko pitched five innings and kept Great Lakes in the game.   Lansing would score a single run in the seventh inning to take a 3-2 lead.    A decent crowd of 2,415 fans would witness game #2 of the playoffs at Cooley Stadium that is in the middle of a 25 million dollar renovation and addition to the beautiful stadium a couple of blocks from the State Capitol.

Great Lakes would bang out 9 hits on the night but couldn't put anything together after the first inning.   Jordan Tarsovich would lead the Loons with 3 hits while Brian Wolfe and Jimmy Allen would stroke 2 hits each.    Pacing the Lugnuts who would have 12 hits was D.J. Davis with 3 hits on the evening.   With the loss the Loons finish 2015 with an overall record of 68-71.

Lansing would mount the comeback in the bottom of the ninth with back to back doubles and then two walks to load the bases.     The score tied at 4-4 would see 2015 Midwest League (MVP) Ryan McBroom come to the plate and hit a long fly ball to left field to easily score the walk off run and victory for the Lugnuts.   Lansing will now face the West Michigan Whitecaps in round two of the Midwest League Eastern Division finals.   The Whitecaps upset the Fort Wayne Tincaps in two games straight. 


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