Loons drop fourth straight with 3-1 loss to Fort Wayne Tincaps in series opener
Reliever Leo Crawford gave up 2 runs, which broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth in his return to the Loons, who have now lost 10 of its last 11 games...
By: Jason Marcoux
24th April, 2018
The Great Lakes Loons (3-12) have now lost 10 of its last 11-games, including four straight after opening a four-game home stand with a 3-1 loss to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Fort Wayne managed to get to Loons reliever Leo Crawford, who was making his return to Dow Diamond after spending time with advanced-A Rancho Cucamonga and triple-A Oklahoma City to start this year. Crawford (coming off of a successful year as a starter with the Loons in 2017) gave up a 2-run single to Tincaps' DH Luis Compusano, which broke a 1-1 tie and gave Fort Wayne a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Crawford (0-1, 6.00 ERA) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up 2-runs on 3-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 3-batters through 3-innings of relief.
The Loons had jumped out to an early lead when CF Romer Cuadrado led off the game with a single, moved to second on a walk to Carlos Rincon, then scored on an RBI-single by LF Starling Heredia for a 1-0 Great Lakes lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Fort Wayne answered when first baseman Carlos Belen was walked by Loons starter Edwin Uceta to lead off the next inning, then scored on a sac fly RBI off the bat of Tincaps 3B Justin Lopez to tie the game at 1-run apiece in the top half of the second inning.
Despite the run in the second, Uceta (1.93 ERA) had a productive start, giving up just the 1-run on 2-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 2-batters through 5-innings.
Loons closer Zach Pop (4.32 ERA) retired all three batters he faced, with 2-strikeouts, to close out the ninth inning.
The Loons will look to get back on track in the second game of the series at 6:05 pm at Dow Diamond tomorrow night.