Dominguez Struggles in Loons Loss

Midland, Mi—Loons starting pitcher Jose Dominguez had about as tough as an outing as a pitcher can have. Dominguez gave up 11 hits, and nine earned runs in only two and a third innings before being removed as the Loons lost 12-3.

Control didn't seem to be an issue as Dominguez only walked two of the 18 batters he faced. All batters were making sound powerful contact on Dominguez's pitches. He was pulled after giving up back-to-back home runs.

From Great Lakes Loons official website manager John Shoemaker talked about Dominguez's outing.

"A lot of times a pitcher doesn't really have a feel for his stuff [when he first starts out] and for Dominguez, Bowling Green made him pay," Shoemaker said. "He made some mistakes in the middle of the plate and his breaking ball was not sharp. A team like Bowling Green can do some damage in a hurry. It was a tough game for us."

Relieving Dominguez was Matt Laney, Juan Noriega, and Jason West. All three fared much better as they combined to give up only two hits the rest of the game. Three runs were scored as Jason West pitched but none were earned due to errors.

The Loons offense couldn't manage to match the Hot Rods.

Second baseman Kevin Taylor, left fielder Scott Schebler, and third baseman Pedro Guerrero all lead the Loons' with two hits apiece.

Guerrero homered in the fifth inning off Hot Rod starting pitcher Felipe Rivero. It was Rivero's first home run given up this season in 46 innings.

The Loons are now 24-23 and will complete the three game set against second place Bowling Green on Friday. With a win the Loons can take the series and move back into a second place tie.

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