The Great Lakes Loons (44-40) gave up 10-runs in the sixth, blowing a 5-2 lead and dropping its first series since June, 1 in a 12-6 loss to the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) at Four Winds Field in South Bend, IN tonight.
Sitting on a 5-2 lead, Loons starter Leo Crawford ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth when he gave up three consecutive singles, before a fielding error by first baseman Cristian Santana allowed two runs to score as Crawford gave up another single and a walk before he was replaced by Ryan Moseley.
Moseley gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, which allowed 4-runs to score, before giving up and a walk, and another two singles as the Cubs plated a total of 10-runs in the sixth off Crawford and Moseley combined to take a 12-5 lead through six.
Crawford (4-7, 4.65 ERA) was charged with his fourth loss of the season after giving up 7-earned runs on 10-hits and 4-walks, while striking out 3-batters in his 5-innings tonight, while Moseley (7.45 ERA) gave up 4-runs (3-earned) on 5-hits and 1-walk with a strikeout through 1 2/3 innings of relief.
South Bend jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second, before the Loons managed to tie the game at 1-run apiece when shortstop Brendon Davis drove in second baseman Gavin Lux with an RBI double in the top of the third. The Cubs would take a 2-1 lead with another run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Loons seemed to blow the game wide open with a big 4-run fifth inning when catcher Stevie Berman and DH Zach Reks hit back to back singles followed by a walk to Lux to load the bases, before center fielder Cody Thomas ripped a 2-RBI single to score Berman and Reks for a 3-2 lead.
Lux and Thomas then scored when third baseman Oneil Cruz reached on a fielding error, giving the Loons a 5-2 lead midway through the fifth inning.
The Loons managed to score 1-run in the top of the eighth when Cruz doubled and was driven in by Santana with an RBI single to get the Loons to within six 12-6 of the Cubs.
Closer Nolan Long (3.18 ERA) was perfect, while striking out 3-batters through 1 1/3 innings to close out the game for the Loons.
Seven Loons' batters hit safely for a combined total of 10-team hits, with Cruz leading the way going 2 for 3 with a walk and 1-run scored. Santana was 2 for 4 with an RBI, while Berman was 2 for 4 with 1-run scored as well.
Santana is now 10 for 23 with a .435 average since joining the Loons on July, 1 just five days ago.
The Loons will round out its road trip with a 4-game series against the Bowling Green (KY.) Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) Fri-Mon, before returning home for a series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Arizona Diamondbacks) Wed-Fri at Dow Diamond.