After losing 6-0 on Saturday, the Great Lakes Loons (28-28) managed to bounce back with an 11-0 thumping of the Bowling Green (KY.) Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) in front of 2,949 fans at Dow Diamond this afternoon.
Backing the best performance of the season by starter Dustin May, the Loons offense scored 4-runs in the first inning and another 5-runs in the fourth; along with single runs in the fifth and seventh respectively to get back to .500 for the season.
Loons second baseman Errol Robinson kicked off a big first inning rally with a 1-out single, promptly stealing second and third base, before right fielder Carlos Rincon reached on a walk. Robinson scored, while Rincon moved to third on an RBI double off the bat of DH Cody Thomas.
Rincon then scored as Thomas moved to third on a wild pitch by Bowling Green pitcher Willy Ortiz. Thomas was then driven in on an RBI single by third baseman Oneil Cruz, before Cruz scored on an RBI triple off the bat of left fielder Mitchell Hansen for a 4-0 Loons lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Loons second baseman Gavin Lux reached on a 1-out walk in the fourth inning and scored on a double off the bat of Robinson. Robinson then stole third and scored on a Rincon single.
Thomas (10) followed with his tenth home run of the season, before Cruz singled and scored on an RBI single off the bat of catcher Stevie Berman to extend the Great Lakes lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
Thomas added his fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when he drove in Lux with a single for a 10-0 lead, then Robinson tripled, driving in center fielder Saige Jenco, who had led off the bottom of the seventh with a double for an 11-0 Great Lakes lead.
May (3-2, 3.93 ERA) allowed just 5-hits while striking out 7-batters, through 7 scoreless innings to earn his third victory of the season.
Sven Schuller (1.71 ERA) relented just a hit and a walk while striking out 1-batter to close out the eighth and ninth innings for the Loons.
Robinson was an incredible 4 for 4 with a walk, 2-RBI's and 2-runs scored, finishing just a HR shy of the cycle; while Cruz was 4 for 5 with an RBI and 2-runs scored as Thomas continues to produce out of the clean-up spot, going 3 for 5 with 4-RBI's to round out the Loons offense for the day.
The Loons will have Monday off before heading over to the west side of the state for a 3-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) Tue-Thur before returning home for a four-game home series against the South Bend (IN.) Cubs (Chicago Cubs) Fri-Mon next week.