Everything was going the way of the Great Lakes Loons against the West Michigan Whitecaps Saturday night. At least early on it was all Loons (28-28) with 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.
That's when the game started going the way of the Whitecaps (26-30). They plated two in the fourth to cut the deficit in half and the momentum quick switched to their side.
"West Michigan got two of their after we got three and I thought that was the turning point in the game," said manager John Shoemaker. "We didn't do much offensively after that."
After outfielder Scott Schebler hit a three-run RBI double to right field in the third inning and Great Lakes didn't get another hit until Schebler came up again in the sixth and laid down a bunt single.
That was the Loons final hit of the game.
The West Michigan bullpen was outstanding as Jeff Ferrell and Daniel Bennett combined to throw 3.2 perfect innings with Ferrell striking out six and Bennett getting his seventh save.
"It's always tough to lose the first one (of the series)," Schebler said. "It's always tough to lose when you're going into playoff mode; we need to come out tomorrow and win it."
The Loons are deep in the playoff race right now. With fourteen games left of the first half they're now three games behind the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) for second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
The loss is tougher to take being that it was against the Whitecaps.
In the majors the Dodgers have the Giants, in Class- A Great Lakes rival has become West Michigan after a heated series at Dow Diamond just a few weeks ago.
Last series saw a 16-inning game, the benches clear twice and Shoemaker was ejected in the finale.
"I'd be lying if I said there was no bad blood," Schebler said. "Let's just say you might want to watch this series because you never know what's going to happen."
Loons Drop Game One Against West Michigan
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