After a 4-3 loss in the series opener on Thursday night, the Great Lakes Loons (10-22) followed suit, dropping the second game 6-0 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers) at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI tonight.
The Timber Rattlers jumped all over Loons starter Max Gamboa with 3-consecutive singles, followed by a double, scoring 4-runs to take a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Wisconsin third baseman Gabriel Garcia tripled then scored on a balk by Gamboa to extend the Timber Rattlers lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Gamboa (0-3, 7.84 ERA) suffered his third loss of the season after giving up 5-runs on 8-hits, with 4-strikeouts through 4-innings.
Loons reliever Austin Hamilton replaced Gamboa to start the fifth and retired 5 of the first 6-batters he faced, before running into trouble in the sixth when Wisconsin managed to string together 3-consecutive 2-out singles, scoring 1-run to extend its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Wisconsin starter Dylan File (5-1, 3.10 ERA) earned the shutout victory, his fifth win of the year, after allowing just 4-hits and 1-walk, while striking out an impressive 10-batters through a scoreless 8-innings, before Timber Rattlers closer Gabe Friese (3.86 ERA) allowed a hit and a walk, with a strikeout to close out the final inning.
Hamilton (1.50 ERA) gave up 1-run on 3-hits and 1-walk, with 1-strikeout through 2-innings of relief, while Loons closer Zach Pop (2.20 ERA) replaced Hamilton and was lights out, walking just 1-batter through the final 2-innings of work.
The Great Lakes offense managed just 5-total hits as: Brandon Montgomery, Romer Cuadrado, Jared Walker, Marcus Chiu, and Gersel Pitre each had 1-hit respectively for the Loons tonight.
The Loons will wrap up this road series with a 2:05 pm game against the Timber Rattlers in Appleton, WI tomorrow afternoon, before a day off on Sunday, while preparing to kick off a 4-game home series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) Mon-Thurs at Dow Diamond next week.