The Great Lakes Loons (25-28) got back on the winning track with a 4-3 extra-innings walk-off victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) at Dow Diamond tonight.
With the game tied at 3-runs apiece in the bottom of the tenth inning, Loons CF Josh McLain beat out an infield single, while the Bowling Green first baseman failed to catch the throw from third on the play, allowing Miguel Vargas (who had reached on a fielders choice) to round third and easily score the winning run.
The Hot Rods jumped out to an early lead when Taylor Walls doubled and stole third base, before scoring on a double-steal after the Loons tried to throw out Ronaldo Hernandez, who stole second, giving Bowling Green a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Loons answered an inning later when Devin Mann doubled, then was eventually driven in on a sac fly by Hunter Feduccia to tie the game at 1-run apiece in the bottom of the second inning, before pulling ahead in the seventh when Drew Avans scored Deacon Liput with an RBI-triple, then was driven in by Mann with an RBI-single for a 3-1 Loons lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Bowling Green tied the game, eventually forcing extra-innings when Moises Gomez (13) belted a 2-run home run after Walls had singled to tie the game at 3-runs apiece in the top of the eighth inning.
Loons starter John Rooney (3.09 ERA) had another quality start for the Loons after giving up 1-run on 2-hits and 1-walk, striking out 5-batters through 2 2/3 innings, while Great Lakes closer Melvin Jimenez (3-7, 4.58 ERA) picked up his third win of the season after closing out the tenth with a clean inning.
The Great Lakes bullpen continues to shine, as reliever Devin Hemmerich allowed just 1-hit through an inning-and-a-third, while Bryan Warzek allowed three hits through 3-innings, before Jasiel Alvino (BS, 1) was charged with his first blown save of the year after giving up the 2-run home run in the eighth inning.
The Loons and Hot Rods will return to Dow Diamond for the rubber-match of the 3-game series at 7:05 pm tomorrow night.