Loons take game two of double header 3-1 over West Michigan

The Loons regain a one game advantage on Lansing for the final MWL playoff spot....

Posted In: Sports, Great Lakes Loons,   By: Jason Marcoux

04th September, 2016     0

The Great Lakes Loons took game two of a twi-night doubleheader 3-1 over the West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) at Dow Diamond tonight. 
 
Saige Jenco and Brendon Davis led off game 2 with a single and double respectively. Jenco scored on a ground out by Omar Estevez, and Davis scored on a Logan Landon RBI single for an early 2-0 Loons lead after one inning. 
 
Jenco singled again to lead off the bottom of the third inning, and stole second with Davis batting. Jenco then advanced to third base on a Davis ground out, and scored on an Omar Estevez single to left field for a 3-0 Loons lead. 
 
Loons reliever Karch Kawalczyk would give up the only West Michigan run in the seventh inning in solid performance, allowing just 1 hit and a walk to earn the hold in his return to Dow Diamond. 
 
Kawalczyk -who had 6 saves in 7 opportunities for the Loons in 2015 before his promotion to the advanced A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes- joined the Loons today following a rehab assignment on Aug 10 to the Dodgers' Arizona Rookie League. 
 
Loons starter Leonardo Crawford (4-1, 2.20 ERA) was masterful earning his fourth win allowing no-runs on 5-hits and no-walks while striking out 6 batters through 5 innings. 
 
Shea Spitzbarth (1.91 ERA) was perfect, striking out one batter, earning the save as he closed out the seventh and final inning of game 2 of the double header. *MWL double headers are only seven innings.
 
The Loons (34-34 in the second half of the Midwest League season) increase their lead to one game over Lansing (33-35) for the final eastern division playoff spot in the MWL post season. 
 
The Loons hold their playoff destiny with two games left in the regular season as they host West Michigan tomorrow and Monday. 
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