The Great Lakes Loons stopped a 6-game skid, after exploding for 3-runs in the fourth inning behind some brilliant pitching from starter Chris Matthewson and reliever Ryan Moseley, who together, allowed just 5-hits combined in a 3-0 shutout victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) in front of 9,016 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI tonight.
Loons third baseman Cristian Santana, right fielder Starling Heredia, and catcher Connor Wong jumped all over Whitecaps starter Eudis Idrogo with back to back to back 1-out singles, as Santana scored on Wong's RBI-single for a 1-0 lead.
Heredia and Wong then scored the next 2-runs of the inning when first baseman Nick Yarnall reached on a fielding error for a 3-0 Loons lead midway through the fourth inning.
Idrogo (6-5, 2.99 ERA) was charged with his fifth loss of the season after giving up 1-earned run (2-unearned) on 7-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 7-batters through 6-innings.
The former Long Beach State Dirt Bag's pitcher, Matthewson (4-3, 2.95 ERA) put together one of his strongest starts this year, earning his fourth victory of the season, allowing just 4-hits and 4-walks, while striking out 9-batters though 7-scoreless innings.
Moseley (SV,1) was virtually untouchable in relief, earning his first save of the season after allowing just 1-hit and 1-walk, while striking out 2-batters through 2-scoreless innings.
Hot hitting Loons second baseman Jared Walker was 2 for 3 to lead the Loons from the dish, while Santana and Heredia were each 2 for 4 with 1-run scored apiece respectively.
Loons left fielder Saige Jenco was 1 for 3, and Wong finished 1 for 4 with 1-RBI and 1-run scored, while center fielder Jeren Kendall was 1 for 4 with a walk.
The Loons will now try to preserve a series split with a victory at 1 pm. in the series finale at Fifth Third Ballpark tomorrow afternoon, before returning for a 4-game home series with the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) Mon-Thur at Dow Diamond.