Loons Win Game Two Behind Great Pitching

The Great Lakes Loons took game two of its series with the Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2-1 behind a great pitching performance by the staff.

Thursday, the Loons (4-4) got blown out and had only four hits, Friday they had just three but were still able to split the series with the Tin Caps (5-3) due to some stellar pitching.

The night started with Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 15th round draft pick out of Texas Tech Duke von Schamann, who was making his first ever start.

He was dominant, going four innings allowing just two hits, no runs and strikeout.

"He was so confident," said manager John Shoemaker. "He had a great mound presence and he looked like, when he was going to the mound for the first pitch that he was going to get them out."

Von Schamann came out after four innings despite throwing just 43 pitches (33 strikes) and allowing just the two hits. The first year player was on pitch limit.

"I felt good, I was trying to go out and throw strikes and it ended up going well," von Schamann said. "I had good command with my fastball and curveball and I was just trying to pound the zone and that's what happened."

Great Lakes turned the ball over to Juan Noriega and Matt Shelton who each threw two hitless innings. Noriega would get the eventual win and Shelton with a hold.

"Juan (Noriega) and Matt (Shelton) have been doing a good job," Shoemaker said.

The save was a little tricky.

Yimi Garcia came on in the ninth for the save but after five straight balls and a double his night was done in a hurry.

Mike Thomas came on to save the save sort of speak and he was clutch.

With the bases loaded and one out Thomas struck out back-to-back batters looking to earn his second save of the season.

"Nice job by Mike Thomas getting the job done when he had too," Shoemaker said. "Mike did a good job getting the two guys out."

To win the game you have to get runs and when you only have three hits you have to create runs yourself.

That is what outfielder James Baldwin did with the eventual winning run came in the third.

Baldwin leadoff the third with a walk and then proceed to steal both second and third base.

After a strike three on O'Koyea Dickson hit the dirt Baldwin took for home as Fort Wayne catcher Austin Hedges threw down to first, Baldwin made a nice head first slide to beat the throw back home.

"The speed James (Baldwin) posses is undefendable if that's a word," Shoemaker said. "He puts a lot of pressure on the pitcher and catcher and the defense as a whole."