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Loons blast three home runs, defeat Captains 8-6 

(Eastlake, OH) – Jake Henson blasted a three-run home run to cap a four-run top of the fourth and the Loons went on to defeat the Captains 8-6 on Saturday Night. The Loons belted three homers on the evening to win game two of the three-game series.

Lake County scored first, in the bottom of the second inning, Francisco Mejia smacked his fifth home run of the season over the right field wall and the score was 1-0 Captains. Mejia, an all-star catcher hit the homer on the first pitch of the at-bat.

Great Lakes scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. Daniel Fields led off with a solo homer to tie the game. After an Eric Meza walk and an Ariel Sandoval single, Jake Henson hit the three-run homer to left field. The Loons lead the Midwest League in round trippers with 44 on the season as a team.

The Loons made it 8-1 with a four-run seventh. After a double and an RBI single from Logan Landon the Loons had a 6-1 lead. Gage Green followed with a towering two-run homer to center and Great Lakes had the seven run advantage.
Lake County tallied five runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning to cut the lead to 8-6. The Captains sent 11 men to the plate and scored five runs. Three of the runs in the inning were unearned. Nathan Lukes had the big single which made the game a two run Loons advantage. The Captains sent the go-ahead run to the eighth but could not score. Tyler Krieger who, extended his hitting streak to 21- games earlier in the game, grounded out to shortstop to end the game in the ninth.

RHP Casey Shane (5-3) started the game for the Captains and took the loss. Casey tossed three and one third innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits, two walks and he fanned two. Shane allowed one homerun. RHP Jared Robinson came in to relieve Shane and pitched three and two thirds innings allowing five earned runs with one walk and two homers allowed. Robinson struck out a pair. Christian Miester fired two scoreless innings of relief tallying three whiffs in the process.

LHP Victor Gonzalez (3-4) got the start for the Loons and earned the win. Gonzalez pitched six innings of two-hit one-run baseball. Gonzalez did allow the homer to Mejia but he fanned a total of three. The Loons used two relief pitchers on the evening including Angel German who picked up his first save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Captains and Loons play the finale of the three game series on Sunday at 1:30 PM with the Captains sending LHP Tom Pannone (4-4, 3.28) to the mound against LHP Michael Boyle (4-3, 3.16). 

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​POSTED 06/11/2016 23:26