The Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) beat the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) 7-6 on an rbi walk off single in front of 5,842 fans at Dow Diamond tonight.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Loons third baseman Noah Perio singled then stole second base to set the stage for left fielder Luke Raley.
Raley turned on a Jordan Ramsey fastball and drove an rbi single to left field, scoring Perio from second base and giving the Loons the much needed walk off win.
Trailing 6-4 in the eighth inning, the Loons got a break when SS Brendon Davis' apparent strike out -which would've ended the inning- actually resulted in him reaching first base following a wild pitch by Ramsey.
As Davis swung at the third strike, the ball skipped past Dayton catcher Chris Okey, allowing Davis to reach first safely, extending the inning. Loons second baseman Omar Estevez took full advantage, sending one of Ramsey's pitches over the left field wall to tie the game at 6 runs apiece.
Victor Gonzalez (3-5, 3.32 ERA) got the start for the Loons tonight, giving up 4-runs off of 8 hits with seven strikeouts through 7-innings. Reliever Chris Powell (3-3, 3.44 ERA) gave up 2 runs off 3 hits, while striking out 3-batters through 2-innings.
Alex Burgos (1-0, 0.00 ERA) came in to pitch the eighth and ninth inning's and earned his first win of the season. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 2 Dayton batters.
The Loons offense has finally added a little punch, combining for 8-hits tonight, two of which were home runs.
Perio led the offense going 3 for 5 from the dish with one run scored. Raley was 2 for 5 with the biggest rbi of the night. Estevez went 1 for 3 with 2-rbi, a walk, and 2-runs scored, including the 2 run game-tying home run (4th). DH Matt Jones is getting his bat back on track going 1 for 2 with an rbi and a walk. First baseman Erick Meza was 1 for 4 with 3 rbi, all on his fourth inning, three-run home run (2nd).
The Loons will be back in action for game three of the four-game series tomorrow afternoon when they will host the Dragons for a 2:05 pm game at Dow Diamond.