Loons Sweep South Bend to Open Season

The Great Lakes Loons swept South Bend in their season-opening series, winning 7-1 and outscoring their opponents 32-7 in the three games behind the pitching of Allen Webster and Matt Magill . Inland Empire use solid pitching from Ethan Martin and Kyle Smit to top Rancho Cucamonga 9-5. Albuquerque lost 7-6 to Oklahoma City. Chattanooga was hammered 11-1 by Huntsville.

Albuquerque Loses 7-6 Shootout

The Isotopes lost leads of 2-0, 3-1 and 4-3 en route to a 7-6 loss in Oklahoma City. Starter Josh Lindblom could never get comfortable, allowing single runs in each of the three innings he worked.

However, the 'Topes offense kept the club in front until Oklahoma City put a '3' on the board in the seventh inning and held on for the win.

Tim Corcoran (1-0) took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and them gave up a game-deciding three-run home run.

Designated hitter John Lindsey continued his hot-hitting, rapping our three hits, including a pair of doubles, and knocked in two runs. He boosted his average to a gaudy, .538.

Albuquerque, trailing 7-5 in the eighth inning, scored one run when outfielder Xavier Paul walked and scored on Lindsey's second double. A wild pitch moved the tying run to third base but outfielder Michael Restovich struck out and outfielder Jamie Hoffmann lined out to left.

First baseman Russell Mitchell doubled and homered, knocking in two. Shortstop Ivan De Jesus singled and doubled.

Lookouts Thumped 11-1

Chattanooga pitching was tagged for 16 hits and 11 runs as Huntsville ran off with an 11-1 decision. The Lookouts were hitless until the fourth inning when Jamie Pedroza doubled in Anthony Hatch who had doubled. It was the only hit of the evening for the Lookouts.

Mario Alvarez (0-1) starter and was tagged with nine hits and six runs, five of them earned, before being knocked out in the fifth inning. James Adkins gave up five more runs but was also knocked out of the box, this time in the seventh.

Jesus Rodriguez and Eric Krebs held the Stars off from that point on but to no avail

Sixty-Sixers Drop Ranchers 9-5

Inland Empire broke up a scoreless game in the fifth inning, driving across three runs, and were never really threatened in a 9-5 victory over Rancho Cucamonga.

Starter Ethan Martin (1-0) was nearly untouchable, allowing three hits and striking out nine in his five innings of work. Miguel Sanfler, however, had a tough time, coughing up five runs before Kyle Smit came on to work the final two innings without allowing a run.

The first 12 66ers went out in order before outfielder Kyle Russell and shortstop Chris Gutierrez worked walks and outfielder Preston Mattingly lined his first home run of the season over the left field wall for a 3-0 lead.

Inland Empire added a single run in the sixth on Russell's RBI single, then rolled five across in the seventh to ice things.

First baseman Austin Gallagher opened the inning with a single but Mattingly hit into a double play. Catcher Matt Wallach walked, second baseman Cesar Suarez tripled for one run and third baseman Johan Garcia singled to drive in another. Alfredo Silverio lived on an error and Russell put a cap on the game with a long home run over the center field fence.

Russell finished with a pair of hits and four runs batted in. Mattingly was not far behind with three RBI and Suarez doubled and tripled.

Loons Start Season with Sweep

The Great Lakes Loons head into their home opener this afternoon with a perfect 3-0 record following a 7-1 victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks Saturday night. The Loons outscored the Silver Hawks by a combined score of 32-7 in the three-game series.?

?First baseman Jerry Sands broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning with a two-run opposite field home run, scoring left fielder Angelo Songco, who had reached on a leadoff walk.?

?The Loons received dynamite pitching from a pair of of 20-year-olds, right-handers Allen Webster and Matt Magill. Webster started and threw five innings of one-run baseball, allowing just three hits.  Magill followed in relief and hurled four shutout frames, striking out five. The two are scheduled to begin the season as a starting tandem, with Magill slated to start next time through the rotation with Webster working in relief.?

?Leading 3-1, the Loons struck for four runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Third baseman Brian Ruggiao brought home two runs on a double, followed by RBI singles from center fielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Songco. Six straight Loons batters reached base in the seventh.?

?Gorman Erickson, starting his first game of the season at catcher, notched three hits, including the Loons' first triple of the season.  Sands recorded two hits.?

?The Loons play their home opener today at Dow Diamond against the Lansing Lugnuts  Game time is 3:05 pm.  The game will be preceded by a parade through Downtown Midland and games and activities on the Dow Diamond front lawn.?

?Right-hander Will Savage, who played last season in independent league baseball, is scheduled to start for the Loons. He will be opposed by right-hander Chad Jenkins.?

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