The Great Lakes Loons kicked off its final home series of the 2017 Midwest League regular season with a 7-4 victory over the Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians) in front of 4,374 at Dow Diamond tonight.
Moises Perez led off the bottom of the third with a double and scored when Jeren Kendall drove him in with an RBI-triple for a 1-0 lead, before Kendall scored on a Gavin Lux fielders choice for a 2-0 Loons lead through three innings.
Loons starter Andre Scrubb gave up a lead off single, before another Lake County batter reached on a Loons fielding error when he was replaced by Aneurys Zabala who gave up a run, which was charged to Scrubb to get the Captains on the board 2-1 midway through the fourth.
Scrubb (1.74 ERA) gave up 1-run on 3-hits and 1-walk, with 5-strikeouts through 3-innings.
The Loons added some run support for Zabala when Starling Heredia led off the bottom half of the inning with a triple, then scored on an RBI-single off the bat of Nick Yarnall to extend the Loons lead to 3-1, before Perez drove in 2-more runs with a 2-RBI single for a 5-1 Great Lakes lead after four innings.
The Captains scored a run off Zabala in the seventh to make it a 5-2 game midway through the seventh inning.
Zabala (1-1, 10.24 ERA) earned his first win of the season for the Loons after giving up 1-run on 3-hits and 2-walks, with 8-strikeouts through 4-innings tonight.
Heredia doubled and Yarnall singled in the bottom of the eighth, before Loons catcher Stevie Berman drove both runners in with a 2-RBI double for a 7-2 Loons lead through eight innings.
Loons closer Colby Nealy (SV,1) gave up the final 2-runs of the game on 2-hits, while adding 2-strikeouts for his first save of the season as he closed out the ninth inning.
Heredia was 3 for 4 with 2-runs scored, including 2-doubles and a triple, while Perez finished 2 for 4 with 2-RBI's and 1-run scored to lead the Loons' offense tonight. Cristian Santana was 2 for 4 as well tonight.
The Loons now have just 2-games remaining in the 2017 regular season, both against the Captains: tomorrow at 2:05 pm and the final game of the season on Labor Day also at 2:05 pm at Dow Diamond.