The Great Lakes Loons extended its win streak to 4 consecutive games with a 7-0 victory over the Lake County (OH.) Captains (Cleveland Indians) for a 3-game series sweep at Dow Diamond tonight.
Loons starter A.J. Alexy (0-0, 0.71 ERA) who was drafted by the Dodgers in the eleventh round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Twin Valley H.S. in Elverson, PA continued his hot start to the 2017 Midwest League season with another great start, allowing just 1-hit while striking out 7 Lake County batters through 3.2 scoreless innings tonight.
Alexy, a 6-foot-4, 19 year old RHP from Honey Brook, PA has now only given up 1-run on 5-hits and 1-walk through 16.1 innings in five appearances for the Loons in his first (full-schedule) season of single-A baseball.
The Loons exploded for six unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after Brendon Davis and Cody Thomas led off with back to back walks, while Mitchell Hansen followed with a single to load the bases.
Stevie Berman's sac fly RBI allowed Davis to tag up and score from third before the red hot-hitting Luis Paz loaded the bases again with a single. Gage Green then drove in Thomas with an RBI single, chasing Lake County starter Juan Hillman (1-3, 10.59 ERA) with one out, the bases still loaded, and a 2-0 Great Lakes lead.
Loons third baseman Moises Perez reached on a force attempt, fielding error by Lake County SS Miguel Eladio as Hansen and Paz scored to make it a 4-0 game, before DH Oneil Cruz singled to load the bases yet again.
Gavin Lux then hit a sac fly RBI which allowed Green to tag up and score from third, while Davis, batting for the second time in the inning, ripped an RBI single to score Perez for a 6-0 Loons lead through four innings.
Great Lakes reliever Willian Soto (3-0, 1.98 ERA) picked up where Alexy had left off, allowing just 4-hits while striking out 4-batters through 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his third victory for the Loons this season.
Thomas doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and Hansen followed with a walk, before Berman reached on an error by Lake County third baseman Jorma Rodriguez, which allowed Thomas to score and give the Loons a 7-0 lead.
Loons reliever Patrick Duester (1-0, 4.15 ERA) struck out one batter to close out the ninth inning.
Four different Loons batters had multi-hit games tonight with Davis leading the way, going 2 for 4 with an RBI, 1-walk, and 1-run scored. Hansen was 2 for 3 with a walk and 1-run scored, while Paz was 2 for 4 with 1-run scored, followed by Cruz who went 2 for 5 today.
Thomas- 1 for 3 with 2-walks and 2-runs scored; Lux- 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk; and Green- 1 for 4 with an RBI and 1-run scored; all chipped in with one hit apiece respectively. Berman and Perez each added an RBI respectively.
The Loons, whose record improved to (9-11) this season, will close out the month of April with four games in Dayton, OH against the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) Thur-Sun.
They will have Monday off before returning home to host six straight home games: with a three game series against the Burlington (IA.) Bees (Los Angeles Angels) Tue-Thur, and another three game series against the Peoria (IL.) Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals) Fri-Sat at Dow Diamond.