The Great Lakes Loons (47-51) gave up 5-runs in the seventh inning to blow a 3-1 lead, dropping the first game of a 3-game series in a 6-5 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros) at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, IA tonight.
Leading 3-1, the wheels started to come off when Loons reliever Jeremiah Muhammad ran into trouble in the bottom half of the seventh inning, giving up back to back 1-out singles, followed by a walk to load the bases, before getting touched for an RBI-single which drew Quad Cities to within 1-run (3-2) of the Loons.
Muhammad was replaced by Ryan Moseley (who has struggled heavily this year when entering a game in order to protect a lead) as Moseley instantly gave up a 2-run single to the first batter he faced, followed by an RBI-single, before giving up the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch to put the River Bandits on top with a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Muhammad (0-1, 4.32 ERA) was tagged with his first loss of the season after surrendering 4-runs (3 of which were earned) on 3-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 2-batters through 1 1/3 innings of relief.
The Loons had jumped out to an early lead when second baseman Gavin Lux reached on a 1-out walk and was driven in on a 2-run home run by Cody Thomas (15) who hit his fifteenth homer of the year to give the Loons a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.
The River Bandits responded with a run when two of its first three batters singled off Loons starter Jordan Sheffield (4.01 ERA) to get to within one run (2-1) of the Loons in the bottom of the first inning.
The Loons increased its lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth when left fielder Mitchell Hansen drove in shortstop Oneil Cruz with an RBI-double.
Sheffield (who was drafted by the Dodgers with the 36th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft out of Vanderbilt was impressive after giving up just 1-run on 5-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 7-batters through five innings tonight.
Loons third baseman Brandon Montgomery (playing in his first game with the Loons after infielder Brendon Davis' promotion to the advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes earlier this afternoon) belted an RBI-double to drive in catcher Connor Wong to get the Loons to within 2-runs (6-4) of Quad Cities in the top of the eighth.
Montgomery (a 26th round pick of the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft out of San Jacinto Community College North in Houston, TX) moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a fielding error to make it a 6-5 game midway through the eighth.
Moseley (BS, 6.23 ERA) was charged with the blown save after giving up an unearned run (from a wild pitch thrown by him) on 3-hits with 1-strikeout, through 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Six different Loons hit safely tonight for 9-total team hits, led by former University of Kentucky outfielder Zach Reks (a tenth round pick of the Dodgers in the 2017 MLB draft) who was 3 for 4 with an RBI-double to lead the Loons' offense tonight.
Thomas finished 2 for 4 with a walk and 2-RBI's, including his fifteenth home run of the season. First baseman Jared Walker and Wong were both 1 for 3 respectively, while Wong added a walk and 1-run scored. Montgomery and Hansen were each 1 for 4 with an RBI respectively, as Montgomery added 1-run scored as well.