Walk Off win for the end of the 1st Half

Loons defeat Lugnuts 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th

Posted In: Sports, Local Sports, Great Lakes Loons,   By: Thomas Baird

15th June, 2014     0

Great Lakes Loons send home 3,705 fans happy with a 2-1 walk off win over visiting Lansing Lugnuts.   On a sunny Father's Day at the Dow the Lugnuts and Loons tussled in a great pitching matchup that wasn't decided until the Loons final at bat.   Josmar Cordereo had gotten things going in the bottom of the ninth with a double and then advanced to third base on a ground out to set the stage. 

Jesmuel Valentin came on to pinch run at third.  Alex Santana came to bat and ran the count to 3-2.   Santana then drilled the next pitch back up the middle for a single and drove home Valentin with the winning run.   The Loons then chased Santana down to 2nd base for the celebration and ending the first half of the Midwest League.  

The Loons would finish the 1st half of the season with a 34-36 record good for 4th place in the Eastern Division.   The Loons now will be off until Thursday for the All-Star break and resume play against the Dayton Dragons at home. 

Loons starter Jordan Hershiser (yes the son of Orel) would go 4 strong innings with no runs and 5 strikeouts.   The relief pitchers then shared the rest of the game giving up 1 earned run in 5 innings.  

Joey Curletta, Kyle Farmer and Mark Pope will now represent the Great Lakes Loons in the Midwest League All-Star game in Grand Rapids on Tuesday hosted by the West Michigan Whitecaps.  The Midwest League All-Star game will feature 46 of the finest players in Class A baseball.   Many of previous All-Star participants have gone on to big time Major League careers.   

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