After taking the first two games of the series (3 straight wins overall) the Great Lakes Loons (47-50) dropped the final game of a 3-game series 7-4 to the Cedar Rapids (IA.) Kernels (Minnesota Twins) at Perfect Game Field tonight.
The Kernels jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring 1-run in the second inning and another 2-runs in the third, before the Loons managed to get on the board when shortstop Brendon Davis (8) led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run, his eighth of the season to make it a 3-1 game midway through four innings.
Cedar Rapids added a single run in the fourth inning off Loons starter A.J. Alexy for a 4-1 lead.
Loons first baseman Cristian Santana (3) led off the top of the fifth inning with his second home run in the last 3 games (his third of the season) before Loons catcher Connor Wong, DH Zach Reks, and left fielder Saige Jenco loaded the bases on three consecutive walks.
Wong (a third round pick of the Dodgers in the 2017 MLB draft out of the University of Houston) then scored on a passed ball and Reks scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-runs apiece midway through the fifth.
Alexy (2-5, 3.38 ERA) was charged with his fifth loss of the season after giving up one more run in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 Kernels' lead, before being replaced by Wills Montgomerie after giving up 5-runs on 7-hits and 1-walk, while striking out 9-batters through 4 2/3 innings.
Cedar Rapids added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a passed ball as the Kernels extended its lead to 6-4 through six innings.
Montgomerie (5.40 ERA) would not be charged with the run scored on the passed ball after allowing 2-hits, with 2-strikeouts through 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Cedar Rapids scored an unearned run on a wild pitch by Loons closer Andre Scrubb in the bottom of the eighth to give the Kernels a 7-4 lead and round out the scoring.
Scrubb (1.26 ERA) gave up the unearned run on 1-hit, while striking out 2-batters in his 1-inning of work.
Jenco was 2 for 2 with a walk to lead the Loons' offense, while Santana was 2 for 4 with an RBI and 1-run scored. Davis was 1 for 5 with his homer and second baseman Gavin Lux was 1 for 5 as well.
The Loons will look to regroup tomorrow when it kicks off a 3-game road series with the Quad Cities (Davenport, IA.) River Bandits (Houston Astros) Sat-Mon.