Loons Win Second Straight

The Great Lakes Loons took game three of their series with the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-2 as centerfielder James Baldwin works out of a slump.

Baldwin came into this season as one of the Dodgers top prospects but hasn't got off to the start he would like. In the first game of the season he suffered a gash in his hand after being cleated and to add insult to injury he started the season 0-for-17 at the plate.

"I got hurt the first game of the season and I was mad about that and it healed quick," Baldwin said. "My hand has hurt a bit but you got to play through it sometimes."

But Saturday Baldwin may have put an end to those struggles with a leadoff double to start the second inning and later came around to score the Loons (4-5) second run. He was able to show off his speed with the double and later on errant throw on a pickoff attempt that allowed him to take third.

"I wasn't worrying about getting my first hit, I just wanted to put the ball in play and good opportunities come your way," Baldwin said. "It's just a mental game."

Another Loon to get the bat going is fellow outfielder Scott Schebler who has two triples, two doubles and three RBI's in the series with the TinCaps (3-6) which boosts his batting average .235.

"We thought that coming in some of our hitters might have an adjustment period to the Midwest League with a different type of pitching and weather" said head coach John Shoemaker. "But some kids are now putting together some good at-bats."

Another struggle the Loons have battled early on in the season is with their starting pitching. In the team's first eight games have not had a starter go longer than five innings.

Up until Saturday that is when starter Gustavo Gomez lasted five 2/3 innings allowing just one run on two hits and striking out three batters.

"I'm really happy for Gustavo Gomez," Shoemaker said. "He struggled in his first outing here and has major league stuff but sometimes getting the ball in the strike zone has been a deficiency, but he hit the strike zone early and induced some quick outs."

The strong point of the Loons roster thus far has been the bullpen as it has thrown 40 1/3 innings with a combined ERA of 1.80.

"Everyone has done a great job on the hill and Hector (Berrios) has done a great job on managing the bullpen," Shoemaker said. "He's keeping the guys fresh and also giving guys opportunities."