The Great Lakes Loons are one game away from their destiny after beating the Clinton (IL) Lumber Kings (Seattle Mariners) 4-0 in game 3 of the (best of five) Midwest League Championship Series in front of 3,449 fans at Dow Diamond tonight.
The Loons, who had split the first two games on the road, now lead the series 2 games to 1 with a chance to clinch tomorrow at Dow Diamond.
The Loons scored all four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after chasing Lumber Kings starter Kevin Gadea, who suffered the loss for Clinton.
Omar Estevez and Logan Landon reached on back-to-back one out walk's and scored on back-to-back RBI double's from Loons' newcomer D.J. Peters and CMU alum Zach McKinstry, then an RBI single by catcher Steve Berman to score McKinstry made it a 4-0 game.
Peters -a fourth round selection of the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft- was promoted to the Loons from the Dodgers' rookie league team the Ogden Raptors last week after much anticipation of when he'd be called up
. So far, he's continuing what he was doing in Ogden.
The big fourth inning is where the Loons would generate their offense, but once again, dominant pitching was the story as all three Great Lakes' pitchers allowed a combined total of 3 hits tonight, shutting down the Clinton batters.
Starter Caleb Ferguson (0.93 ERA) was virtually untouchable allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 5-batters through 4.2 scoreless innings.
Andrew Istler (2-0, 0.00 ERA) continued his playoff dominance earning his second victory of the post-season allowing just 2-hits while striking out 3 batters in his three innings of relief work.
Shea Spitzbarth continued his post-season dominance as well earning his third save as he would concede just one hit while striking out 1 batter shutting down Clinton for the final four outs tonight.
Tonight's trio of Loons' pitchers have a combined post-season ERA of 0.93 allowing just one run between them on 17 total hits through a combined 17.2 playoff innings.
The Loons will have the first of two chances to clinch a MWL championship in Midland tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 pm at Dow Diamond. However, If Clinton wins tomorrow then the deciding game five would be a 7:05 pm game at Dow Diamond Monday night. .