Loons Struggle to Find Early Season Rhythm

On Saturday, the Great Lakes Loons squared off in their third of four game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The TinCap offense came up big while their defense proved impenetrable blanking the Loons 13-0.

The wind was blowing 12 mph out to left field, aiding three home runs, one of which left the park. The TinCap hitting took advantage in the fourth and fifth inning, resulting in starting pitcher Jharel Cotton being pulled with an earned run average of 6.00. TinCaps left fielder Jeremy Baltz lead Fort Wayne with two home runs and six RBI's. "They were a better baseball team tonight, how do you bounce back? You play baseball, it's a long season," said manager Razor Shines. "I'm telling you this right now: that's a good freaking baseball team and we are going to be just fine." Loons reliever Ralston Cash showed signs of brilliance with an ERA of zero through three innings. The Georgia native showed great composure against even the toughest hitters of the TinCaps. "I'm looking for my team to play hard like I know we will and whatever happens, happens," said Shines. TinCaps pitcher Justin Hancock broke down each batter of the Loons with seven strikeouts giving up zero runs through five innings. The Loons had four errors for the night to match their four hits, while the TinCaps scored 13 runs on 11 hits. "When you're 19 and 20 years old, brilliance tends to happen. It's called development," said Shines. "They will get better, I will get better as a manager and the club will get better and we will develop." The Loons play their final game of the four game series against the TinCaps on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. After the four game series, the Loons host the Lake Country Captains for a three game home series.