The Great Lakes Loons (59-62) were down by a run before scoring 3-runs in the seventh and another 2-runs in the eighth for a 10-6 win over the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) in front of 4,216 at Dow Diamond tonight.
Trailing 6-5 after Lansing scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, Great Lakes newcomer Tyler Adkison and first baseman Nick Yarnall reached on back to back 1-out walks in the bottom half of the seventh, when catcher Stevie Berman ripped an RBI-single to score Adkison and tie the game at 6-runs apiece.
Loons second baseman Moises Perez then grounded out, but drove in Yarnall for the go-ahead run, and left fielder Saige Jenco reached on a Lansing error, which scored Perez to give the Loons an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
The Loons added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth when Starling Heredia led off with a single and Cody Thomas reached on another Lansing error, while another new Loon, Brock Carpenter drove in Heredia with an RBI-single, before Thomas scored on a ground-out by Adkison for a 10-6 Loons lead.
Carpenter (a Tacoma, WA native, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft out of Seattle University) didn't even arrive at Dow Diamond until well after the first pitch, having left the Dodgers' rookie league clubhouse in Ogden, UT shortly after 5 pm mountain time (which is 2-hours behind the eastern time zone, 3 pm in Midland) this afternoon.
“I was in Ogden and I had a 5 O'clock taxi from the park, then, I had a 7:30 flight to Chicago,” Carpenter said. “Then I flew from Chicago to Saginaw and I got picked up and came to the field.”
Carpenter never expected to play tonight, however, Loons third baseman Jared Walker was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Donnie Smith, and Carpenter was needed.
“They told me I wasn't going to (play tonight) I was going to just chill and see how things work here” said Carpenter. “So, that's what I was kind of expecting, but they said to be ready if they needed me.”
Lansing had taken an early lead when Loons starter Alfredo Tavarez ran into trouble after a lead-off walk, hitting the next batter, then giving up a 3-run home run to Nash Knight for a 3-0 Lugnuts lead in the top of the first inning.
Tavarez walked the next two batters before being replaced by Great Lakes reliever Jeremiah Muhammad, who would get the final out of the inning after walking one batter to load the bases. Tavarez (11.12 ERA) gave up 3-runs on 1-hit and 3-walks, with 1-strikeout through 2/3 of an inning.
The Loons answered the call in the bottom half of the first inning when Jenco led off with a ground rule double, as Heredia and Thomas loaded the bases with consecutive walks, before Walker reached on a walk, scoring Jenco to get on the board in a 3-1 game.
In his first single-A at bat since joining the Loons yesterday, Adkison (who was selected by the Dodgers in the 2017 MLB draft out of San Diego State University) roped a 2-RBI single to drive in Heredia and Thomas to tie the game at 3-runs apiece.
Yarnall followed Adkison with an RBI ground-out to score Walker and Berman laced an RBI-double to score Adkison for a 5-3 Loons lead after 1-inning.
Muhammad gave up a lead-off walk in the top of the second inning, before Lansing right fielder Joshua Polacios (2) belted his second home run of the season, a 2-run shot to tie the game at 5-runs apiece.
After striking out the final two batters of the second inning, Mohammad (3.71 ERA) was done for the night after giving up 2-runs on 1-hit and 3-walks, with 3-strikeouts through 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Lansing starter Yennsy Diaz (4.48 ERA) was chased after giving up 5-runs on 4-hits and 4-walks, with 1-strikeout through 2-innings.
Loons reliever Ryan Moseley was stellar tonight, allowing just a walk, while striking out 5-Lugnuts batters through 3-innings of middle relief.
Loons late inning reliever Andre Scrubb replaced Moseley and gave up a lead off single, a sac bunt, and an RBI-single to give the Lugnuts a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning, however, he would finish out the game strong to earn his fifth win of the season.
Scrubb (5-2, 1.67 ERA) gave up 1-run on 3-hits, while striking out 4-batters through the final 4-innings.
Gavin Lux led the Loons with 3-hits, going 3 for 5, but it was Adkison who was the offensive leader, reaching base 4-times, while going 2 for 3 with 2-walks, 2-RBI's, 2-runs scored, including a double in his Dow Diamond debut, giving the former San Diego State University star a good feeling about his new home.
“So far so good,” Adkison said. “This is my first experience with it, but the fans were great and the whole team seemed like they have a pretty good clubhouse vibe here, so everyone was really welcoming, and we're having fun so far.”
Berman was 2 for 4 with 2-RBI's, while Jenco, Heredia, Carpenter, and Perez each added 1-hit apiece respectively.
The Loons will try to take the series in the fourth and final game at 7:05 pm tomorrow night at Dow Diamond.