The Great Lakes Loons (48-51) got back on track with a 6-3 win over the Quad Cities (IA.) River Bandits (Houston Astros) at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, IA tonight.
With the game tied 2-2 after six innings, the Loons broke things open with 4-runs in the top half of the seventh.
Loons left fielder Mitchell Hansen reached base after being hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh, and newcomer Nick Yarnall (a 35th round draft pick of the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft out of the University of Pittsburgh) was walked, before DH Zach Reks drove in Hansen with an RBI-single for the first run of the inning.
Loons catcher Stevie Berman then singled to drive in Yarnall for the second run of the inning, before shortstop Gavin Lux ripped a 2-RBI single, scoring Reks and Berman to give the Loons a 6-2 lead midway through the seventh.
The Loons had jumped out to a 1-0 lead when second baseman Cristian Santana drove in left fielder Carlos Rincon with an RBI-single in the top half of the fourth inning.
Great Lakes added to its lead when center fielder Saige Jenco led off the sixth with a double, moved to third on a Lux ground out, then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of third baseman Oneil Cruz for a 2-0 lead.
Loons starter Dustin May was touched for a couple runs in the bottom of the sixth as the River Bandits tied the game at 2-runs apiece, but his offense responded with a big seventh inning to secure the win.
May (6-5, 3.75 ERA) would go on to give up just 2-runs on 5-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 6-batters through 6 2/3 innings to earn his sixth win of the season for the Loons.
Loons closer Angel German (SV6, 2.15 ERA) gave up just 1-run in the bottom of the ninth, earning his sixth save of the season on 2-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 1-batter to close out the final 2 1/3 innings.
Reks paced the Loons' offense for the second straight night, going 2 for 4 with 1-run scored, while Lux was 1 for 4 with 2-RBI's.
Jenco, Cruz, Santana, and Berman were all 1 for 4 each respectively as well, while Cody Thomas pinch hit and was 1 for 1 with a single tonight.
The Loons will now look to take the series in the deciding game tomorrow night against Quad Cities, then have a day off on Tue, before returning home for a 3-game series with the Bowling Green (KY.) Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) Wed-Fri at Dow Diamond.