Loons Squander Two Leads, Drop Game to Dayton

The Great Lakes Loons couldn't hold a lead Wednesday night ending in an 8-7 loss to the Dayton Dragons.

The Loons (31-35) opened the game with two runs in the first inning off four-straight two out singles from outfielder Scott Schebler, designated hitter O'Koyea Dickson, first baseman Angelo Songco and third baseman Jesse Bosnik.

"We took advantage of some things early and got the lead," said manager John Shoemaker. "Both teams swung the bats pretty well."

The Dragons (28-38) did in fact swing the bat well as first baseman Sean Buckley hit a two-run home run to tie the game at two. Outfielder Jefry Sierra had his first of four hits on the night to take a 3-2 lead in the second inning.

Great Lakes answered with three runs of its own in the second behind a couple Dayton errors and a double into right field from Dickson.

Catcher Pratt Maynard and Schebler hit doubles in the third and fourth innings that led to the Loons taking a 7-3 lead.

But the offense stopped there.

"We scored in every inning to the fourth and from fifth on we didn't score so credit their relief pitching," Shoemaker said.

The Great Lakes pitching staff struggled on the night giving up eight runs on 14 hits while walking six batters.

Ralston Cash had the start by giving up five runs, he then gave the ball up to Juan Noriega who took the blown the save. Jose Dominguez came in after Noriega and he gave up one run, but it was one too many as he suffered the loss.

"Ralston started off a little slow, but he threw the ball well," Shoemaker said. "Noriega struggled a little bit and Dominguez threw the ball pretty well and is making some improvements; overall a tough night though."

Despite the loss the Loons are still mathematically in the playoff hunt with four games left and four games behind Bowling Green.

But the first half playoff spot isn't on the teams mind right now.

"We're just trying to go out and get wins," Dickson said. "Not really worrying about the playoffs right now and just have fun."

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