Loons Blown Out in Fourth Straight Loss

11-1 with five errors says it all for the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday.

The Loons (28-29) dropped below .500 for the first time since April 28 behind a lack of pitching, hitting and fielding against the West Michigan Whitecaps.

"I'd like to say there are going to be games like that, nobody likes to say that because nobody likes them to come up," said catcher Andrew Edge. "Just one of those games where we didn't have a lot go our way and it was a rough start for everybody, at the plate, on the mound and in the field."

It was a rough start for Great Lakes starting pitcher Ralston Cash who in his first start went four innings and gave up five runs on five hits, a walk and two hit batters in 73 pitches.

Cash's troubles came early as he gave up two runs on three hits while throwing 23 pitches as he struggled through the first inning. His struggles continued in the third inning where he gave a three-run home run to first baseman Aaron Westlake.

Whitecaps (27-30) starter Marcelo Carreno needed just 23 pitches to get through two and 1/3 innings as he set the first seven Loons batters down in order before infielder Pedro Guerrero hit a double to centerfield.

Edge gave Great Lakes its only hope in the fifth inning when he hit a RBI triple to left field after outfielder Joe Winker leadoff the inning with a double.

But the Loons would squander their opportunity to tack on some runs and take some momentum after a pop up, fielder's choice and strikeout quickly ended the threat.

Edge made only his third appearance of the season as he is listed as the third catcher on the team's depth chart behind Pratt Maynard and Jan Vazquez, but in those appearances Edge has hit well batting .556 with a triple and a RBI.

"I felt comfortable (today) even though I'm still a little bit anxious at the plate with the lack of at-bats, but I told myself before I went out there that I've got to have confidence," Edge said. "I just have to play with confidence, I know how to hit I just can't be too passive."

Luckily for Great Lakes it remains just three games out of second place after Bowling Green suffered a 5-4 loss to Dayton keeping the team within reach of the playoffs.

"We're trying to make a playoff run so we're fired up and we'll be ready to go tomorrow," Edge said.