Great Lakes Loons first baseman Luis Paz came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning to complete Thursday night's suspended game with a 17-8 victory over the Fort Wayne (IN.) Tincaps (San Diego Padres) after retiring all three batters he faced at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN tonight.
After a 2-hour and 22-minute delay prior to the start of last night's game, it was eventually suspended after surpassing the Midwest League curfew at 12:50 am early this morning with the Loons leading the Tincaps 17-8 after eight innings.
Immediately following the one inning completion of the suspended game, the Loons would go on to defeat the Tincaps 2-1 in tonight's contest.
Loons starter Willian Soto (5-1, 3.00 ERA) gave up one run on 4-hits and 1-walk while striking out 8-batters through 5-innings to earn his fifth win of the season.
After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, former Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the thirteenth round of the 2016 MLB draft, led off the top of the second inning with a triple then scored on a throwing error on the play to tie the game at 1-run apiece midway through the second.
Loons catcher Keibert Ruiz led off with a double then scored on an RBI single off the bat of Paz for a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning to round out the scoring tonight.
Reliever's Miguel Urena and Vinny Santarsiero combined to allow 5-hits and 2-walks while striking out 2-batter's through 3 innings of middle relief.
Loons fireball throwing closer, Angel German (S,2) earned his second save of the season after allowing a hit and a walk while striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Paz was 1 for 3 with an RBI, while Thomas and Ruiz finished 1 for 4 with 1-run scored each respectively to lead the Loons offense. Gavin Lux and Saige Jenco each had one hit apiece respectively as well.
The Loons will look to complete the four game sweep tomorrow and Sunday at Parkway Field before returning to Dow Diamond to host the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) Mon-Thur next week.