Loons Win Behind Martin's Arm, Winker's Bat

The Great Lakes Loons bats were on display Wednesday night as they powered them to a 7-1 win against the Midwest League leading Lansing Lugnuts.

Five Loons (14-12) had multi-hit games including a three hit game from first baseman Joe Winker who was just a triple shy of the cycle and had four RBIs.

"Our guys have great mentality at the plate," Winker said. "If you strikeout it's on to the next at-bat, if you get a hit it's on to the next at-bat."

Winker's three hit game was highlighted by a two-run, two-out home run in the seventh inning that made it a six run lead in seventh that was essentially the exclamation point on the night. "It was just a fastball out over the dish the guy supplies a lot of velocity and I just took a good pass on it," Winker said.

Second baseman Jesus Arredondo did exactly what you ask of a leadoff hitter getting a hit in his first three at-bats scoring two runs and stealing two bases.

Arredondo has been the most consistent hitter for the Loons early on this season as his average now sits .346 which is the second best in the Midwest League.

"He's the catalyst for our ballclub up at the top of the order and he has a knack for getting the good part of the bat on the ball," said manager John Shoemaker. "He's a tough guy to defend and he gave us a good start tonight."

Team ace Jarret Martin also had a good start on the night.

Martin went seven innings allowing just two hits, no runs and striking out five to bring his ERA down to 2.91. In those seven innings Martin faced the minimum five times.

"It felt great to bounce back from my last outing where things didn't go my way," Martin said. "I just tried to compete today and give my team a chance to win."

Martin had to of fell good about his and his team's chance after keeping the Lugnuts (18-7) off the scoreboard in the first he came back out to mound in the second with a three run lead to back him up.

"It's great (to pitch with a lead) it does change your approach," Martin said. "When you have a tight score you're pitching tight and when you get a good lead that it's just attacking."

The Loons are now on a three-game winning streak after starting the home stand 1-3 with a three-game losing streak and getting a win against the league leaders in the first game of a series is always important.

"Anytime to face a team ahead of you in the standings you need to win that (first) game," Shoemaker said. "It was a good win for us tonight."