Loons Knock Silver Hawks Off Perch

On Wednesday the Great Lakes Loons hosted the South Bend Silver Hawks for an early 10:35 game at Dow Diamond. The Loons brought down the number one Silver Hawks (23-12) 4-2. The Loons hosted over 20 schools for School Kid's Day bringing the attendance to 5,525.

Starting on the mound was Carlos Frias, who got the win, giving up only one earned run through seven innings. The bats were hot for the Loons, getting many men on base but unfortunately most were stranded at the innings end.

Center fielder James Baldwin got on base in every at bat for the Loons. "Today they changed my mechanics at the plate and it definitely feels good right now and all I have to do is perform that tomorrow and later on in career," said Baldwin.

Baldwin had four plate appearances, four times on base, reached on two hits and an error. Baldwin took a cleat to the left hand while sliding for the steal on third base in the sixth inning.

"I'm just happy I survived this game," said Baldwin. "Baseball is a man's game and I'm just glad we pulled out with the win and we will definitely come out and get it tomorrow."

The Loons had to play without a few key players in the lineup. Corey Seager is out with a hamstring injury, Jesmuel Valentin had the day off and Devin Shines wasout with a shoulder injury.

Kevin Taylor came up big in the first inning when he hit a bomb into center field 403 feet into the stands to make it 1-0 Loons early on.

Third baseman Elevys Gonzalez hit a triple in the fourth inning off of a line drive to right field and a bobbled throw. One batter later, Gonzalez scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

The Silver Hawks eventually brought left-hander Will Locante into the game in the sixth inning. Locante had speeds up to 99 mph but the Loons made his job difficult and Locante only lasted two thirds of an inning before J.R. Bradley closed out the sixth.

The Silver Hawks cut the deficit in the seventh to make it 3-2 going into the last innings of the game.

The Loons came right back in the seventh after second baseman Leo Rodriguez hit a RBI double to make it 4-2.

It was Scott Griggs who closed the game out for the Loons but a few wild pitchers got the umpires and manager Razor Shines involved. The count was 0-1 with two outs and the pitches forced the Silver Hawks batter to duck to protect himself. The next pitch did the exact same thing, which forced the umpire to warn Griggs.

Shines was not happy his closer was being warned. After about a minute of arguing, Shines was ejected.

The Loons finish up the three game series with the Silver Hawks on Thursday at 7:05 at DOW Diamond.

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