The Great Lakes Loons (2-2) improved to .500 on the season, sweeping a double-header (two 7-inning games) with a 5-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) in the second game at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, MI this evening. The Loons won the first game 11-6 earlier today.
The Loons carried the hot bats over into the second game when third baseman Marcus Chiu (1) crushed a 2-run home run, followed by a double by first baseman Nick Yarnall, which moved RF Romer Cuadrado (who had reached on a walk) to third, before a walk to second baseman Zach McKinstry loaded the bases, followed by another walk to catcher Garrett Hope, which scored Cuadrado for a 3-0 Loons lead after the top half of the first inning.
Yarnall (1) led off the top of the third with his first home run of the season, before Hope drove in McKinstry on a sac fly RBI for a 5-0 Loons lead through 3-1/2 innings.
Lansing answered in the bottom of the fourth when SS Kevin Smith led off with a walk, before first baseman Kacy Clemens (son of MLB Hall of Famer Roger Clemens) cut the Loons' lead to 5-2 with a 2-run home run, his first this season.
Loons starter Edwin Uceta (0-0, 4.50 ERA) gave up those 2-runs on the 1-hit and a walk, while striking out 5-Lansing batters through 4-innings today.
Great Lakes reliever Andre Scrubb (1-0, 6.75 ERA) replaced Uceta and gave up just a hit and a walk through 2-innings of relief to earn his first victory of the season.
Loons closer Devin Hemmerich (Sv-1) closed out the final inning, retiring all 3-batters he faced, with 2-strikeouts to earn his first save of the year.
Cuadrado went 3 for 3 with a walk and a run, while Yarnall was 3 for 4 with his first home run of the year and a double, followed by another big game from Heredia, who was 2 for 4 for the second straight game, going 4 for 8 in the double-header today.
The Loons will head to the Grand Rapids area to take on the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) in a four-game road series (Mon-Thur) before returning home to take on the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) at Dow Diamond Friday night.