Fort Wayne, IN:
The Great Lakes Loons (24-44) closed out a tumultuous first half of the 2018 Midwest League season with a 7-4 loss to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN this afternoon.
Great Lakes jumped out to an early lead when second baseman Brandon Montgomery reached on a 1-out double in the top of the first, then scored on an RBI-single by RF Carlos Rincon for a 1-0 Loons lead in the top half of the first inning.
The Tincaps wasted little time getting to Loons starter Leo Crawford in the bottom half of the inning when RF Tirso Ornelas reached on a 2-out single, then scored on an RBI-double by Fort Wayne first baseman Luis Campusano, before second baseman Justin Lopez and shortstop Gabriel Arias followed with back to back RBI-singles for a 3-1 Fort Wayne lead heading into the second inning.
The Loons answered with a run in the third when CF Brayan Morales led off the inning with a single, before he was driven in by Rincon, with his second consecutive RBI-single to cut the Tincaps' lead to 3-2 in the top of the third inning.
Fort Wayne managed to chase Crawford in the third after Campusano reached with a 1-out walk, moved to third on a double by Lopez and scored on a sac fly RBI from Arias, before Fort Wayne catcher Juan Fernandez drove in Lopez for a 5-2 Tincaps lead in the bottom of the third inning.
Crawford (0-3, 4.14 ERA) was hit with his third loss of the season after giving up 4-earned runs on 7-hits and 1-walk, with 3-strikeouts through 3-innings.
Great Lakes first baseman Brock Carpenter reached and advanced to second base on an infield throwing error, then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Loons LF Mitchell Hansen to make it a 5-3 game in the top of the fourth, before third baseman Eric Peterson drove in Rincon (who had walked) with an RBI-single to get to within a run of the Tincaps (5-4) in the top of the fifth inning.
The Tincaps answered when Ornelas led off the bottom half of the inning with a double and was driven in on an RBI-single off the bat of Campusano, before Campusano was moved to third on a single by Arias, then eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it a 7-4 game in the bottom of the fifth.
Loons reliever Dan Jagiello (2.83 ERA) replaced Crawford and would go on to give up 2-runs on 4-hits with 4-strikeouts through 2-innings of relief, while Connor Strain (1.06 ERA) followed Jagiello, allowing just a hit and a walk, with 2-strikeouts throughout the next 2-innings.
Great Lakes closer Sven Schueller allowed 2-hits with 2-strikeouts through 1-inning.
With the exception of Jared Walker and Andre Scrubb (who are playing in the 2018 MWL All Star Game in Lansing on Tuesday) the Loons will have 3-days off, before starting a 4-game road series (Thur-Sun) against the Lansing Lugnuts at 7:05 pm on Thursday evening at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing for a fresh new start to the second half of the MWL season, where all teams start with a clean slate and an equal chance to qualify for the post-season.