The Great Lakes Loons dropped the opening game of a four game home stand 6-2 to the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Down 6-1, the Loons would not go quietly, as they loaded the bases with only 1 out in the bottom of the ninth inning, ultimately scoring one run when DH Erick Meza drove in SS Brendon Davis with an rbi single, which turned out to be too little too late for the Loons.
The Dragons, who are currently (5-10) and in last place in the eastern division in the second half of the Midwest League standings (26-59 overall), scored 3-runs in the fourth, 2 in the fifth, and added another run in the top of the eighth inning for a 6-1 lead heading into the ninth inning.
Things had been looking good early for the Loons when they jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Dodger's first round draft pick C Will Smith drove in outfiielder Logan Landon with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, but the Dragons responded with five unanswered runs over the next two innings.
Dennis Santana (1-8, 3.08 ERA) and new addition Shea Spitzbarth (0-1, 13.50 ERA) shared the piggy-back start going two innings apiece respectively.
Santana held the Dragons scoreless, allowing just 2-hits and 4-walks while striking out 4 batters throughout the first two innings.
Spitzbarth -who was just added to the Loons roster yesterday- was charged with the loss, giving up 3 runs off 2 hits and 4-walks, while striking out four batters in his two innings of work.
Brian Bass (1-4, 3.50 ERA) gave up two runs off 4-hits through 3-innings of work. Ivan Vieitez (1-1, 2.36 ERA) gave up 1 run off 1 hit through two innings of relief.
Meza led the Loons' offense going 2 for 3 with a walk. Smith was 1 for 4 with an rbi, while Darien Tubbs, Luke Raley, and Omar Estevez each contributed with hit's respectively.
The Loons will be back in action tomorrow as they host the Dragons again at Dow Diamond for a 7:05 pm game.