Great Lakes Loons open 2016 baseball season with 5-4 victory

Loons defeat the Lansing Lugnuts in first game of 2016

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The Great Lakes Loons open the 2016 season with a 5-4 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts in Midwest League action.   The Loons whose first two games were lost to the weather in Lansing opened the season now at Dow Diamond.    On the most chilly day in Loons history with a game time temperature of 28 degrees and with steady winds out of the north during the entire game.    It made it a tough day for the 2,664 fans on Opening Day. 

Now in their 10th season of Midwest League action the Loons start the season with an extremely young team.    After coming back from spring training in Arizona they have had nothing but brutally cold weather to start the season.   Michael Boyle would be the starting pitcher for the Loons and returning for his second season pitched well until the bottom of the 5th inning where he gave up 3 runs to knot the score.   The Loons had jumped out to 3-0 lead in the first inning. 

The Loons only would manage 5 hits on the day but made the most of them by scoring 5 runs for the win.   Leading the way for the Loons was Omar Estevez with two hits.   In speaking with Team President Paul Barbeau prior to the start of the game he stated "that the two players to watch this season would be Omar Estevez and Logan Landon."    He continued "looking for another fine season at Dow Diamond. "

6'10" reliever Nolan Long would get the victory for the Loons by going 1 1/3 innings of relief work.    The Great Lakes Loons sported new uniforms for the start of the season with logos on the uniforms, ball caps and merchandise.    The Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate will have 12 players selected in the 2015 draft.   They also start the new season with a new manager the seventh in Loons history with Gil Velazquez.

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