The Great Lakes Loons put up 5-runs in the top half of the ninth inning to erase a 1-run deficit and beat the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) 5-1 at Cooley Law School Stadium this afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the ninth, the Loons got a lead off single from second baseman Brandon Montgomery, followed by a walk to DH Jeren Kendall, before shortstop Gavin Lux was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
Loons right fielder Cody Thomas laced a 2-RBI single to score Montgomery and Kendall, and third baseman Cristian Santana drove in Lux with an RBI-single, before first baseman Nick Yarnall drove in Thomas and Santana with a 2-RBI single to give the Loons a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning.
After joining the Loons yesterday from the Arizona League Dodgers, reliever Evy Ruibal (a 6-foot-4 RHP who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2017 MLB draft out of Notre Dame) replaced starter Chris Matthewson in the eighth and was very good in his Loons debut.
Ruibal (1-0, 0.00 ERA) allowed 2-hits and had 2-strikeouts, closing out the final 2-innings to earn his first win in his first game with the Loons.
The Lugnuts had taken a 1-0 lead after putting a couple runners on base with a pair of walks, before scoring a run on a fielding error by Loons left fielder Carlos Rincon in the bottom of the third inning.
Matthewson (2.99 ERA) put together one of his best starts of the year after giving up just 1-run on 1-hit and 2-walks, while striking out 6-batters through 7-innings today.
Montgomery was 3 for 4 with 1-run scored to lead the Loons from the Dish, while Lux was 2 for 4 with a run scored as well.
Thomas was 2 for 5 with 2-RBI's and 1-run scored, while Santana was 2 for 5 with 1-RBI and 1-run scored.
Yarnall, Stevie Berman, and Saige Jenco each added 1-hit apiece respectively.
The Loons will now head to Dayton, OH for a 3-game series with the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) Wed-Fri before returning home Sat-Tue for a 4-game home series against the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) at Dow Diamond.