The Great Lakes Loons (56-54) used the long ball two times to score all of its runs tonight, sweeping the 3-game road series with a 4-2 victory over the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) in front of 7,966 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH tonight.
The Loons jumped out to an early lead when third baseman Cristian Santana (4), who had missed last night's homer-party with a night off, belted a 2-out home run, his fourth of the season to give the Loons an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Loons added to its lead in the top of the fourth inning when Santana reached on a walk, and first baseman Nick Yarnall singled, before second baseman Jared Walker (8), who had 2 home runs last night, crushed a 3-run bomb, his eighth of the season, to give the Loons a 4-0 lead.
Great Lakes starter Dustin May was lights out until the sixth when the Dragons managed to get 1-run on a single, followed by an RBI-double to make it a 4-1 game through six innings.
May (7-6, 4.08 ERA) gave up 1-run on 6-hits, while striking out 4-batters through 6-innings to earn his seventh win of the season.
The Dragons managed to cut the lead to 4-2 with 1-run off Loons reliever Ryan Moseley (H,2) who had replaced May to start the seventh inning.
Despite the 1-run in the eighth, Moseley looked strong, giving up just 1-run on 2-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 1-batter through 2-innings of middle relief, earning his second hold of the season.
Great Lakes closer Dan Jagiello (SV,1) put up zeroes in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Walker was 2 for 4 including his 3-run home run to lead the Loons' offense, while Santana was 1 for 2 with 2-walks, and 2-runs scored, including his eighth home run of the season.
Saige Jenco, Moises Perez, and Yarnall each added 1-hit apiece respectively for the Loons as well.
With a successful 7-game road trip, the Loons have now improved to 20-21 in the second half (56-54 overall) of the Midwest League standings, winning 5 of 7 in that span, and will now return home for a crucial 4-game home stand (Sat-Tue) against the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) at Dow Diamond this weekend.
The Loons trail the Tincaps by 6-games and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) by 4 ½ games in the MWL standings for 1 of the 2 possible remaining MWL playoff spots.