The Great Lakes Loons (7-16) dropped the second game of a 3-game series with a 4-3 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Loons catcher Garrett Hope (2) battled River Bandits reliever Carlos Sanabria to a full count, before smashing a 2-out home run, 400-feet over the left field wall at Dow Diamond to make it a 4-3 game, while Great Lakes CF Brayan Morales followed with a 2-out single, however, shortstop Moises Perez' deep fly ball was not deep enough as Quad Cities CF Jake Meyers made the catch near the warning track to end the game.
The Loons had jumped out to an early lead when Perez reached on a 2-out single, then scored on an RBI-double off the bat of LF Romer Cuadrado for a 1-0 Great Lakes lead in the bottom of the third inning.
Quad Cities answered when first baseman Jake Adams (4) belted a 2-run home run, his fourth of the season, before third baseman Adrian Tovalin followed with a double, then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of DH Marcos Almonte to give the River Bandits a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Great Lakes first baseman Nick Yarnall (6) cut into the Quad Cities' lead when he led off the bottom of the fourth with his Midwest League-leading sixth home run of the season to make it a 3-2 game after four innings.
Despite an impressive start, Loons starter Wills Montgomerie (0-1, 1.57 ERA) was tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up 3-runs on 4-hits and 3-walks, with 1-strikeout through 5-innings, while Quad Cities starter Tyler Ivey (1-2, 4.37 ERA) gave up 2-runs on 4-hits and 1-walk, with 7-strikeouts through 5-innings to earn his first win of the season.
The River Bandits managed to extend its lead when Loons reliever Riley Ottesen replaced Montgomerie and gave up consecutive hits to Quad Cities second baseman Jonathan Arauz and catcher Gabriel Bracamonte respectively, before Arauz scored when RF Bryan De La Cruz beat out an (inning ending) double play, reaching on a fielders choice for a 4-2 Bandits lead in the top of the sixth.
Ottessen (7.63 ERA) looked good in relief of Montgomerie, giving up 1-run on 6-hits with 4-strikeouts, through 4-innings.
Quad Cities reliever Enoli Parades (H1) earned the hold after allowing 2-hits and 1-walk, while striking out an impressive 7-batters through 2 2/3 innings, while Sanabria (S, 3) earned his third save after giving up 1-run on 2-hits, with 1-strikeout, closing out the final 1 1/3 innings.
The Loons and River Bandits will wrap up the 3-game series at 7:05 pm at Dow Diamond tomorrow night.
Loons catcher Garrett Hope is congratulated after his 9th inning HR against Quad Cities: