Loons Pitch Past Cougars to End Losing streak

Loons snapped a three-game losing Sunday behind solid pitching from Gomez, Eadington and Garcia.

Pitching powered the Great Lakes Loons past the Kane County Cougars Sunday to end a three game losing streak.

Gustavo Gomez got the start for the Loons (12-12) and the right went three 2/3 innings before he gave up his first hit of the game.

Gomez kept the one-hitter going into the fifth and it was there he gave up his first run and left the game after throw five 2/3 innings on five hits and one strikeout lowering his ERA down to 4.43.

"He's staying a little more in control of himself and he's not doing too much," said manager John Shoemaker. "He's mixed in his curveball, used his changeup and his mechanics have been strong." After Gomez left the game lefty Eric Eadington came in and he was lights out.

Eadington went two 1/3 innings getting all seven batters he faced out including four strikeouts. That coming after an outing against the Burlington Bees where he wasn't at his best allowing five hits and five runs in one 2/3 innings.

"I put a little pressure on myself I was frustrated coming off one of those outings where I felt I had good stuff just got hit," Eadington said. "It was probably my worst outing ever so I put a little extra pressure and made sure to execute and to Pratt's (Maynard) credit he called a great game."

After Eadington, righty Yimi Garcia came in the ninth inning and recorded his fourth save of the season by setting down the Cougars in order to secure the win.

"Almost all of us (bullpen) played together last season and we have a great group of guys," Eadington said on the team's success from the bullpen. "We have mainly an older group of guys who played college and know how to play and we're pulling for each other."

The Loons plated both of their runs in the first inning off a RBI single from designated hitter Devin Shines and an error off the bat of Maynard.

The runs were setup centerfielder James Baldwin who, after a walk, stole second and third base and by first baseman Joe Winker who also drew a walk before Shines knocked in Baldwin with his single and Winker advanced to third.

Maynard, with two outs, grounded a ball to shortstop Orlando Calixte who couldn't get a handle on the ball and had no play at first.

"Yesterday we scored two runs and lost so we're happy with the win today," Shoemaker said. "I liked the enthusiasm, I liked the hard work the ball club put in, but we're not swinging the bats as well as we're capable of."

With the win the Loons snapped a three-game losing streak and got back to .500 on the season tying them for fourth in the Midwest League Eastern Division standings.

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