Loons searching for direction after double header shutout losses to Dayton Dragons

The Loons have lost 3 straight by a combined 23-1 margin, including 9-0 and 5-0 shutout losses in today's double header.....

Posted In: Sports, Great Lakes Loons,   By: Jason Marcoux

30th April, 2017     0

The Great Lakes Loons (9-14) dropped both games of a double header by a combined total of 14-0 (9-0 in the first game, and 5-0 in the second) to the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH tonight. The two teams played two 7-inning games tonight after Friday evening's game was postponed due to rain. 
In the first game, Dayton jumped out to an early lead after catcher Tyler Stephenson reached on a double then scored when third baseman John Sansone (1) belted a 2-run home run off Great Lakes starter Leo Crawford for a 2-0 Dayton lead in the bottom of the second inning. 
Crawford (0-2, 7.85 ERA) continued to struggle into the third inning, where Dayton exploded for another 7 unanswered runs, chasing Crawford, who was charged with the loss after giving up 8-runs on 6-hits and 3-walks, while striking out 1-batter through 2.2 innings.  
Loons reliever Vinny Santarsiero (2-0, 2.51 ERA) managed to stop the bleeding temporarily, however, the damage had already been done. Santarsiero gave up 1-run on 3-hits and 1-walk through 2.1 innings of relief. 
Loons reliever, 22 year old, free agent Miguel Urena (0-0, 0.00 ERA) a 6-foot-8 RHP from Licey, Dominican Republic closed out the final inning allowing 1-walk in his 1-inning of work. 
In the second game, The Dragons would again draw first blood when T.J. Friedl Jr. reached on a lead off single in the bottom half of the third inning. 
Friedl Jr. advanced to second on an infield ground-out off the bat of Dayton left fielder Taylor Trammell before back to back doubles from James Vasquez and Cassidy Brown respectively gave the Dragons' a 2-0 lead through three innings when Friedl Jr. and Vasquez each scored. 
The wheel's came off for the Loons with 2-outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when back to back errors by Great Lakes' pitcher Sven Schuller and third baseman Moises Perez opened the door for 3 unanswered Dayton runs. 
Loons starter Dustin May (0-1, 1.00 ERA) saw his 16-inning scoreless streak come to an end and was charged with the loss in the second game. 
After suffering a 9-1 loss in the series opener on Thursday, followed by today's double header losses, the Loons have now dropped 3-straight to the Dragons by a combined 23-1 margin, however, they can get back on track with a win in game four of the series tomorrow.
Lefty Devin Smeltzer (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will take the bump for the Loons in tomorrow afternoon's 2 pm matinee at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH for game four of the series. 
The Loons will have Monday off before embarking on a six game home-stand starting with a 3-game series against the Burlington (IA.) Bees (Los Angeles Angels) Tue-Thur and another 3-game series against the Peoria (IL.) Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals) Fri-Sun of next week.
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