Loons drop fifth straight game with 9-1 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods

The Loons pitching continues to struggle, while the offense only managed 4 team hits today....

Posted In: Sports, Great Lakes Loons,   By: Jason Marcoux

10th July, 2017     0

The Great Lakes Loons (44-44) dropped its fifth consecutive game of the second half after the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) completed a four game sweep with a 9-1 thrashing of the Loons at Bowling Green Ball Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky this afternoon. 
The Great Lakes pitching continues to struggle and the offense only managed 4 team hits today, while the Hot Rods would go on to outscore the Loons by a combined total of 45-14 over the course of the 4-game series. 
The Hot Rods jumped all over Loons starter Dustin May with 4-runs in the second and another 3-runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead.
May (5-4, 3.68 ERA) was charged with his fourth loss of the season after giving up 6-earned runs on 8-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 5-batters through 5-innings.
Loons reliever Nolan Long replaced May and walked just one batter in the fifth, and was almost out of trouble after giving up another 2-walks and a single in the bottom of the sixth, however, an error by Long and an infield error allowed the other two Bowling Green runs to score. 
Long (2.97 ERA) has not allowed an earned run since June, 8 and extended that streak to 13 2/3 innings after allowing 1-hit and 3-walks, while striking out 4-batters in his 2-innings of work today. 
Loons cather Stevie Berman ripped an RBI double to drive in shortstop Brendon Davis who had also doubled for the Loons only run of the game. 
One bright spot for the Loons was pitcher Ryan Moseley (6.75 ERA) who has been struggling as of late, however, today he put up zeroes while closing out the final inning for the Loons. 
The Loons will try to regroup with a league-wide day off on Tuesday before returning home for a 3-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Arizona Diamondbacks) at Dow Diamond Wed-Fri. 
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