The Great Lakes Loons (15-32) rebounded from last night's loss with an 8-1 victory over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) to even the 4-game series at 1-game each at Classic Park in Eastlake, OH tonight.
The Loons opened up the scoring with a big third inning when DH Marcus Chiu reached after being hit by a pitch, then moved to second on a single by Great Lakes catcher Ramon Rodriguez, before second baseman Moises Perez drove in both Chiu and Rodriguez with a 2-RBI triple for a 2-0 lead, which was followed by an RBI-single from CF Brayan Morales to drive in Perez for a 3-0 Loons lead in the top of the third inning.
Great Lakes extended the lead in the fourth when Chiu (7) smashed a 2-out solo home run, his seventh of the season, for a 4-0 Loons lead midway through the fourth.
Recently promoted Loons starter Jose Chacin (a 2015 international free agent signing of the Dodgers out of Ciudad Bolivar Venezuela who was promoted to the Loons on May, 18 from the rookie AZL Dodgers) looked good after allowing just 3-hits and 1-walk, with 3-strikeouts through 4-innings, while Great Lakes reliever Andre Scrubb (3-0, 4.64 ERA) picked up his third win of the season after striking out 2-batters with a perfect line throughout the following 2-innings.
The Loons added another run in the seventh when Rodriguez led off with a walk and was driven in on an RBI-triple off the bat of former CMU star Zach McKinstry for a 5-0 Great Lakes lead in the top of the seventh inning.
Great Lakes reliever Marshall Kasowski (2.81 ERA) replaced Scrubb and continued to mow down Lake County batters, allowing just a hit and walk with 4-strikeouts through 2-innings of relief.
Perez opened up another Great Lakes scoring barrage in the ninth when he singled to lead off the inning and was driven in on an RBI-single by third baseman Brandon Montgomery before Loons first baseman Jared Walker (7) crushed a 2-run home run, his seventh of the season to cap a 3-run inning and give the Loons an 8-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning.
Loons closer Aneurys Zabala (6.26 ERA) gave up a walk and an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth as Lake County scored its only run of the game, as Zabala allowed just that 1-run on 1-hit and 1-walk to close out the ninth inning.
The Loons and Captains will continue with game-3 of this four game series at 1:30 pm at Classic Park tomorrow afternoon.