Loons top Lansing 3-2 for fifth straight win

Dominant pitching and more late inning heroics from Garrett Hope put Loons within reach of final playoff spot.

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

18th August, 2016     0

The Great Lakes Loons have 'Hope,' and when they need a clutch hit in a race for the final playoff spot, they have Garrett Hope. 
Six days ago, Loons catcher Garrett Hope doubled in the tenth inning, putting himself in position to  score the winning run in an 11-10 comeback victory. 
Tonight, Hope repeated his tenth inning heroics, helping the Loons extend their longest win streak of the season to five games, beating the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) 3-2 at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing tonight.  
Hope led off the top of the tenth inning with a double to the right-center field gap. Great Lakes speedster Logan Landon was then inserted as a pinch-runner for Hope. 
Gage Green's sac bunt advanced Landon to third base where he would score easily on a single by Saige Jenco for a 3-2 lead which the Loons would never relinquish. 
The Great Lakes pitching staff was dominant in this series, allowing just 3 total runs on 10 combined hits over the past three games. 
Former UNLV Runnin Rebel Dean Kremer (1-1, 0.00 ERA) earned his first win of the season for the Loons following 3 no-hit innings where he struck out 4 batters. 
Jordan Sheffield (0-1, 5.68 ERA) -the Dodgers No. 36 overall pick in 2016 from Vanderbilt- looked good, allowing just 2-runs on 2-hits, striking out two batters in a (limited pitch count) 2 inning start. 
Dennis Santana put a choke hold on the Lugnuts; allowing just two hits and 2-walks while striking out 4 batters, setting the table for Kremer through 4-innings of middle relief.
Tony Gonsolin walked 2 and struck out 1 in the bottom of the tenth inning for his first save of the season. 
Luke Raley was 3 for 6 with an rbi and 2-runs including a lead off home run (2) in the sixth inning. 
Green was 2 for 3 with a walk while Jenco finished 2 for 6 with an rbi. Brendon Davis, Erick Meza, and Hope had one hit each respectively.   
The Loons (24-27) will go for the four-game series sweep tomorrow night at Cooley Law School Stadium where they can pull to within a half game of Lansing (26-26) while positioning themselves for the eastern division playoff spot in the Midwest League.  
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