The Great Lakes Loons (44-49) lost a franchise record tenth game in a row when it fell 7-1 to the Beloit (WI.) Snappers (Oakland A's) at Dow Diamond Sunday afternoon.
The Snappers would get to Loons starter Dustin May in the top of the third when shortstop Eric Mariñez drove in two runs with an RBI double for a 2-0 Beloit lead midway through the third inning.
Beloit starter Zack Erwin completely shut down the Loons' lackluster offense, allowing just 1-hit and 1-walk, while striking out 7-batters through 5-scoreless innings.
May gave up a double, single, and a walk to the first three batters in the top of the seventh, loading the bases, before the Snappers' No. 9 hitter, Mike Martin singled to drive in a run for a 3-0 lead, chasing May for reliever Angel German, leaving May responsible for the three runners on base.
German gave up an RBI single (charged to May) to the first batter he faced to give Beloit a 4-0 lead but would settle in and get out of the inning, limiting the Snappers to just two runs.
May (3.83 ERA) gave up 4-runs on 7-hits and 1-walk, with 1-strikeout through his 6-innings of work this afternoon.
After working out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, German gave up a lead off double, followed by an RBI-single to the first two batters in the top of the eighth as Beloit extended its lead to 5-0 midway through eight.
The Snappers took a 6-1 lead in the eighth after German (2.08 ERA) gave up 1-run on 3-hits, with 1-strikeout through his two innings (the seventh and eighth innings) of relief.
Loons first baseman Mitchell Hansen (5) sent the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the eighth inning over the 373-foot sign on the right field wall at Dow Diamond to get the Loons on the board (5-1) with his fifth home run of the season.
Recently promoted relief pitcher Wills Montgomerie (a sixth round pick of the Dodgers in the 2017 MLB draft out of Connecticut) gave up 2-runs on 2-hits and 1-walk, with 1-strikeout in the ninth inning as Beloit took a 7-1 lead.
The Loons will try to end its losing streak as the series wraps up Mon afternoon at Dow Diamond before a day off Tue.