After putting up 5-runs on 8-hits (in a 5-4 win Monday) followed by 6-runs on 8-hits (in a 9-6 loss last night) the Great Lakes Loons (currently 4-9 in the Midwest League standings) only managed 1-hit in a 3-0 loss in the deciding game of a 3-game road series to the South Bend Cubs (Chicago Cubs) at Four Winds Field in South Bend, IN tonight.
South Bend starter Dylan Cease (0-1, 0.60 ERA) a 21 year old RHP from Milton, GA who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB draft, was virtually untouchable allowing just 3-walks while striking out 7-Loons' batters through six no-hit and scoreless innings tonight.
Cubs' reliever Matt Swarmer (1-1, 3.27 ERA) was just as good in relief of Cease, allowing just 1-hit and 1-walk while striking out 4-batters to earn the win in his 3-innings of relief.
Loons shortstop Oneil Cruz' 1-out single in the top of the seventh inning off of Swarmer was the lone hit for Great Lakes tonight.
Great Lakes starter Dustin May (0-0, 3.97 ERA) a 6-foot-6 RHP from Justin, TX who was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2016 MLB draft was equally brilliant on the bump, allowing just 3-hits while striking out 3-batters through 5-scoreless innings for the Loons tonight.
Luis DePaula (0-1, 10.80 ERA) was charged with the loss after giving up 2-runs on 2-hits and 1-walk while striking out 3-batters through 1.2 innings of relief for the Loons tonight.
Patrick Duester (0-0, 6.75 ERA) gave up 1-run on 2-hits while striking out 1-batter through 1.1 innings of relief to round out the Loons' pitching.
Monday night in South Bend, the Loons were led by first baseman Luis Paz (1) who was 1 for 3 with a walk and a 2-run home run; followed by Saige Jenco, who was 1 for 3 with a walk, a triple, and 1-run scored; and catcher Keibert Ruiz, who was 1 for 3 with a walk and 2-runs scored as Parker Curry (1-1, 2.53 ERA) earned the win in Monday's 5-4 victory over the Cubs.
Tuesday it was Former CMU star Zach McKinstry who led the Loons' offense, going 3 for 4 with a double, a walk, and 1-run scored; while Jenco went 2 for 3 with 2-RBI, a walk, and 1-run scored; followed by Cody Thomas' first MWL home run and Carlos Rincon's triple in Tuesday night's 9-6 loss to South Bend.
The Loons return to Dow Diamond for 7 straight home games starting with a 4-game series against the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) beginning at 6:05 pm Thur, followed by a 3-game series against the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) Mon-Wed next week.