Wild Night Ends in Loons Loss

Loons are one hit and both managers ejected; lose to South Bend Silver Hawks 4 to 1.

The Loons offense was quiet all night only managing to record one hit, it came in the seventh inning, and lose the game and series to the South Bend Silver Hawks 4 to 1.

Angel Sanchez started on the mound for the Loons. He came into the game with a 1-3 record on the season with a 3.92 ERA. Sanchez pitched 5.2 innings allowing seven hits and four earned runs.

He has been a good strikeout pitcher with 41 Ks in 39 innings coming into tonight's matchup with the Hawks. Sanchez would record five in this game.

In the top of the first the Silver Hawks would get their first scoring chance after a man reached third with two outs on a throwing error to first. Sanchez would get the strikeout however to close the inning for the Silver Hawks.

Sanchez looked sharp early. In the first two innings he gave up only one hit to go along with one strikeout.

During the top half of the third inning South Bend struck first with two runs of their own on three hits giving them the 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning.

Loons outfielder Jeremy Rathjen would leave the game in the third after being hit in the head. He would walk off the field under his own power.

Pat Stover would come into the game for Rathjen and play right field.

The game would get even more different from there after a controversial call at second base.

Both managers were ejected in the third inning after a controversial call. The umpires determined the Loons runner was out of the baseline on his way to second base.

Loons center fielder James Baldwin was also ejected soon after when he was hit by the Hawks pitcher thinking it was intentional. Devin Shines would replace Baldwin in center.

A good scoring chance would come the Loons way in the third. Two men reached with two outs. A walk to Elevys Gonzalez would load the bases.

Another walk by the Silver Hawks would allow a run to cross the plate making it a 2-1 score after three innings.

With two outs in the fifth and two runners on South Bend would score one run thanks to a single to center giving them the 3-1 lead.

The Loons were still without a hit heading into the seventh inning. The only run up to that point scored on a walk. Silver Hawks pitcher Blake Perry had four walks in the first five innings.

A hit up the middle off Sanchez's glove would allow a run to score from third for South Bend marking the end of his night on the mound and making it a 4-1 South Bend lead in the sixth.

Devin Shines would record the first hit for the Loons in the seventh with two outs doubling down the left field line. This gave them two runners in scoring position. It would remain 4-1 after seven innings.