The Great Lakes Loons (41-36) continued its streak of not having lost a series since June, 1 with a 10-4 decisive victory over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) splitting a four game series at Classic Park in East Lake, OH tonight.
The Loons have not lost a series since the first day of June when it dropped the second game of a 3-game series to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) at Dow Diamond.
Following a 2-hour and 12-minute rain delay, the Loons would also finally go above 7-hits in a game for the first time since the All Star break, scoring at least 1-run in every inning except for the second and the sixth for a total of 10-runs on 13-hits.
Great Lakes first baseman Erick Meza put an exclamation on the night when he cleared the loaded bases with a 3-RBI double in the top of the ninth inning for a 10-4 Loons lead.
The Loons wasted little time to get the bats going after the rain delay when second baseman Gavin Lux led off the game with a double then scored on an RBI double from shortstop Brendon Davis for a 1-0 Loons lead midway through the first inning.
Lake County answered when right fielder Mitch Longo led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple, before scoring on a sac fly RBI from third baseman Gavin Collins to tie the game at 1-run apiece after one inning.
Lux (3) put the Loons back on top when he led off the top of the third inning with his third home run of the season, a solo shot over the right field wall at Classic Park for a 2-1 lead midway through the third inning.
The Loons extended its lead in the top of the fourth inning when DH Oneil Cruz led off the inning with a single, then scored on an RBI double by Meza for a 3-1 lead.
Lake County tied the game at 3-runs apiece on back to back home runs from the Midwest League leader Emmanuel Tapia (17) with his seventeenth HR of the season, and Conner Capel (11) who hit his eleventh.
Lux and Davis would each score on sac fly RBI's in the top of the fifth after leading off the inning with back to back walks for a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
Lake County got another run in the top of the sixth to get to within a run (5-4) of the Loons, before Great Lakes left fielder Carlos Rincon drove in Davis with an RBI double for a 6-4 Loons lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Loons third baseman Gersel Pitre ripped a 1-out double in the top of the eighth inning, moved to third base on a wild pitch, then scored on a sac fly RBI off the bat of right fielder Darien Tubbs for a 7-4 Loons lead.
Great Lakes starter Jordan Sheffield (2-5, 3.49 ERA) earned his second win of the season, giving up 4-runs on 5-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 4-batters through 5 1/3 innings.
Meza was 3 for 4 with 4-RBI's and 1-walk, while Davis was 3 for 4 with an RBI, 2-runs scored, and 1-walk as well to pace the Loons offense tonight. Lux was 2 for 4 and Pitre was 2 for 5 tonight as well.
The Loons will return to host the very tough West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) for a 4-game home series Fri-Mon at Dow Diamond this weekend.