Loons Win in Walkoff Fashion

On Saturday night at DOW Diamond the Loons won in walk off fashion against Michigan rivals the West Michigan Whitecaps 2-1 on Star Wars night.

Brandon Martinez started on the mound for the Loons giving up only one earned run in five innings. Martinez was throwing a consistent 93 mph fastball with a low 70 mph breaking ball though his five innings.

On the other side 19 year old Jake Thompson started for the Whitecaps. Thompson shut down the Loons after he gave up one run drove in by Corey Seager in the first. Thompson ended the night with 10 strikeouts and one earned run through six and struck the whole side out in the fifth.

The Saturday showdown was mostly defensive as the pitching was fierce. The Loons gave up a total of seven hits but managed to only allow one runner to score.

"Brandon did not command the ball well, he was up in the zone tonight, and got away with some stuff up high," said manager Razor Shines. "Mechanically he was messing with his release point a little bit, but he did what a good starter does, he gave us and opportunity to win the game."

Going into the bottom of the ninth inning the score was knotted at one a piece. Left fielder Robbie Garvey singled to center to start the inning and to go 2-4 on the night. A sacrifice bunt by Rodriguez moved Garvey into scoring position at second.

First baseman Tyler Ogle came up to bat a walk off into the wall in center field.

"I felt confident, I dream about that all the time," said Ogle. "As a baseball player you want nothing else but to be up in the bottom of the ninth. To see a pitch well and hit it well was a dream come true."

Ogle was pied in the face in his interview immediately following his late game heroics.

"Anytime you go 0-3 you're just foaming at the mouth for a base hit, being up there with the game on the line, my extra focus helped," said Ogle.

The Loons took the series 2-1 over the Whitecaps and start their three game home stand with the South Bend Silver Hawks on Sunday with no rest.

"I always feel good when we come out with a win and the kids bust their butts," said Loons manager Razor Shines. "Whether you win 9-7, 2-1, 6-5 it does not matter, a win is a win, especially when the kids get after it."

In the sixth Scott Griggs came in to relieve for Martinez. Griggs had much trouble trying to locate the strike zone. Griggs walked the first batter he faced to force the bases loaded with one out. Loons forced a double play to remain scoreless into the seventh. Griggs walked the first two batters he faced in the seventh and was immediately pulled.

Geoff Brown closed the final two innings for the Loons. Brown struck out three and ended the game without giving up a hit to boost the confidence of the Loons into the bottom of the ninth.

The Loons look to add to their two game win streak on Sunday against the South Bend Rail Hakws at DOW Diamond at 3:05.

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