Great Lakes Loons on an 8-2 run

Loons split weekend games with Tincaps

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

11th July, 2011     0

The Great Lakes Loons are moving in on 1st Place for the second half of the Midwest League season.   The Loons playing against the Fort Wayne Tincaps over the weekend ended up splitting the pair of games.  The Loons lost on Saturday night 5-3 to the Tincaps in front of a sellout crowd of 5,818 fans.   The fans were entertained to some fireworks after the game.   Starter Zac Lee lasted 4.2 innings and picked up his 3rd loss of the season.   Zac walked 4 and struck out 5 batters while touching 90 mph a couple of times during the game. 

The Loons trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning before Leon Landry and Chris Jacobs both scored to make it a 5-3 contest.   The Loons actually had two more runners on base before the final out of the game was made.  What hurt the Loons was that they made 7 errors during the game which tied a season high.  

The Great Lakes Loons turned things around on Sunday with a 10-7 victory over the Tincaps to move their second half record to 10-7 trailing only the Dayton Dragons in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.   The game featured both teams scoring runs back and forth to remain tied going into the bottom of the 7th inning.  The Loons explored for 5 runs on a Leon Landry triple and Bobby Coyle two-run homer to take a 10-5 lead into the 8th inning.  Starter Angel Sanchez  replaced Garret Gould on the mound who was pushed back to Monday's game against the Tincaps.  The Loons banged out 14 hits  and saw reliever Bret Montgomery pick up the win.   The Loons played in front of another good crowd of 3,940 fans.

The Loons will face the Tincaps on Monday night and then have Tuesday off for the Major League All-Star game.  They  then embark on a 6 game road trip before returning to the Dow on July 20th against the Beloit Snappers.   The roster now has settled down and this looks like the team that will again be completing for a playoff spot in the Midwest League.   The Loons have reached the playoffs the past two seasons and have as a goal to advance in the Midwest League playoff picture.   The crowds are picking up at the Dow and they have many more promotional nights for the rest of the season.   

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