The Great Lakes Loons won in dramatic fashion yet again with a 6-5 win over the South Bend Silver Hawks on Tuesday to split the four game series.
The Loons (27-25) were trailing the Silver Hawks (27-25) 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth when they got some life after pitcher Matt Sample gave up back-to-back walks to start the inning.
That's when outfielders Scott Schebler and Joe Winker hit a double and single to cut the deficit to one. Then Winker did his job on the bases by not only breaking up a double play, but he forced an error that allowed Schebler to score the tying run.
"We've been a club that's played a lot of close games all season long," said manager John Shoemaker. "I don't remember getting three runs in the ninth this year, but it was a good showing by us."
After a couple South Bend errors in the tenth, the Loons got the bases loaded with two outs. That's when third baseman Jesse Bosnik delivered the game winning hit with a single to right field.
"That's what happens when you don't throw the ball over the plate out of the bullpen, you have some problems and that's what happened to South Bend tonight," Shoemaker said.
That was the Silver Hawks' problem in facing first baseman Angelo Songco as well. Songco went one-for-three on the night with a two-run home run to right field and two walks.
"I felt great out there," Songco said. "It's a great W for our team."
Songco won't be with the team for long. He was sent to Midland on a rehab assignment as he's trying to get back from a broken leg over the offseason, but so far he's shown no signs of pain while with Great Lakes.
"It (my leg) feels pretty good, obviously not 100 percent," Songco said. "But, that's why I'm here, trying to get it ready."
Songco is only with the Loons for 10 days during this assignment, but even in that short time he's taken a leadership role with the club.
"When he steps into the box I see our players really watching him," Shoemaker said. "Here's a guy who was in the California League and if not for a broken leg in the offseason he could possibly be a Double-A player right now."
Sungco is expected to be with the Class-AA team in Chattanooga after his stint with the Loons, but while he's here is ready to win some games and help the team make a push for a playoff spot after the first half the season finishes in a couple weeks.
"I just want to help the team win," Songco said. "I don't look at it as a rehab assignment; I just look at it as another opportunity to play the game."
Songco and the Loons remain a game behind Bowling Green for second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division. In fact they are one of five teams who are in reach of the second place spot that would qualify them for the postseason after the second half finishes.
"When you try to win and develop players in the minor league system is a touchy situation, but it's easy when you have a winning team," Shoemaker said. "The game is on the line and it's interesting to see how guys react in pressure situations."