Great Lakes Loons Drop Home Opener

The Great Lakes Loons have got out to a slow start this season and it didn't stop as Lake County got the 8-0 win Monday.

The Loons started the 2012 campaign with playoff predictions but after getting swept by the Lansing Lugnuts to start the season and dropping game one to the Captains in their home opener, the Loons need to find that first win to get back on track.

"You want to get off to a good start but if you don't you still have a lot of games left," said head coach John Shoemaker. "The season is young yet and we have a great coaching staff."

Keeping up with the trend, starting pitcher Gustavo Gomez got off to a slow start to the season allowing a walk, bunt single and RBI single in his first three batters faced. Gomez only lasted two innings after allowing six hits and five runs.

The pitching struggles didn't end with Gomez as left-handed relief pitcher Mike Thomas came in and allowed two runs of his own including a solo home run to start the fourth inning.

In fact Lake County scored in each of the first four innings applying some hefty pressure on the Great Lakes lineup. Left handed relief pitcher Eric Eadington posted a scoreless fifth inning to stop the bleeding that included a successful pickoff of Captains leftfielder LeVon Washington.

Eadington was able to slow down the Lake County offense as he went three innings allowing one run on three hits and no walks.

"You never want to give up a run your first outing, but I went out there and threw three innings which I haven't done since college," Eadington said.

The Loons didn't get their first hit until leadoff hitter and second baseman Jesus Alberto Arredondo hit a single up the middle with two down in the third inning.

"Lake County has got some weapons and you can't give them free passes and obviously not putting up any runs you're not going to win," Shoemaker said.

Despite the slow offense one Great Lakes hitter had his swing figured out and that was catcher Pratt Maynard who hit two doubles on the night one down the right field line and another into left field.

Maynard came into this season as one of the Loons top prospects and early on has shown why he is so highly regarded.

"I like the talent (on this team), we've got a lot of talent and a lot of athletes and when everything starts clicking we'll be a good team," Maynard said.