Loons Fall to Blash Longballs for Second Game

Clinton outfielder Jabari Blash hit 2 HRs tonight to go with his two from last night to take the series from Loons.

Blash followed up on his two home run night on Friday with another two home run night Saturday. Both games leading off the second with a home run after a Loons (11-11) starter shut down the Lumberkings (9-13) in the first inning.

"The guy put on a show really," said head coach John Shoemaker. "He wasn't hitting much for average coming in we don't know a lot about the Clinton ballclub and whatever he was doing this series if he continues he's going to put up some big numbers in this league."

Last night Blash's victim was Jarret Martin and tonight it was Brandon Martinez who drops to a 1-4 record with a 7.04 ERA this season. Martinez lasted just four 2/3 innings allowing eight hits five runs and, of course, the two Blash blasts.

"Brandon has a good curveball but it hasn't been an affective pitch," Shoemaker said. "Maybe he needs to throw it earlier, maybe throw more changeups because he threw a lot of fastballs in bad locations."

Offensively it looked like the Loons would have a strong showing at the plate on Saturday with a run in the first inning after designated hitter Jesus Arredondo led off the first with a double and first baseman Joe Winker got him in with an RBI single.

But the Loons only recorded three more hits the rest of the night.

"We're just not hitting as well as we should," said catcher Pratt Maynard. "It's not like the effort and preparation isn't there so maybe it's just baseball."

Whatever the batting struggles have been maybe having Kane County come to town for three games will help with the Cougars being ranked lasted in the Midwest League in team ERA with 4.56.

"We just need to play better ever game," Maynard said. "Just play better, execution, get timely hits and get some momentum going in the game."

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