On Friday night the Loons faced off with one of their fellow Michigan counterparts, the Lansing Lugnuts.
The Loons bats lacked when they had men in scoring positions, allowing the Lugnuts to consistently take that lead. The Lugnuts defeated the Loons 5-3 after the Loons failed to score after the fourth inning.
16-year-old sensation Julio Urias started on the mount and pitched three scoreless innings. In the fourth, Urias gave up one run and he left the mound after three and a third innings. Urias, along with stellar pitching, fielded very well and even successfully picked off a runner at first.
Jeremy Rathjen came into the night's game with seven games without a single hit. Rathjen came out with a solo shot to left with a distance of 403 feet to start off the Loon scoring. Rathjen also singled in the fourth and after a few more hits, Leo Rodriguez doubled for Rathjen to score his second run of the night. Following the double, Kevin Taylor knocked in a run to make the Loons lead look more promising.
DH Aaron Miller had two hits snapping his cold streak of one hit in his last nine games.
Arismendy Ozorla came to the mound for the Loons following Urias. Ozorla loaded the count for the Lugnuts first baseman Kevin Patterson. On the deciding pitch Patterson homered to right to start the Lugnuts scoring onslaught.
Loons pitcher Scott Griggs was put in as a reliever but after three pitches the trainer jogged to the mound to examine him. Griggs left the game with what looked like some sort of muscle injury forcing the Loons to warm up another pitcher.
The Loons struggle to bat in runners on base once again allowed a late comeback by the opposition for yet another loss.
The Lugnuts continued to get hits, in the seventh inning the Lugnuts took advantage after a walk, two stolen bases and two RBI's to take the lead. The Lugnuts added another in the eighth to cement a two run lead. Lansing finished the game with 12 hits while the Loons finished with seven.
The Loons had a chance to come back in the ninth inning but with a man on first and two outs, Devin Shines struck out looking to send the team home with another loss.
The Loons host the Lugnuts for the second game of their four game home stand on Saturday June 1 at 3:05.
Urias Strong, But Loons Fall to Lugnuts
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