2018-04-12 / Sports

Loons split with Lugnuts in opening series

By Lamont Lenar

The Great Lakes Loons opened their season with four games against the Lansing Lugnuts. The first two games were scheduled at Dow Diamond, followed by two in Lansing. The Lugnuts took the first two games with the Loons taking the final two, to go 2-2 to open the season.

Lansing won the Thursday, April 5 season opener 12-1. The Lugnuts came out swinging, jumping out to a 6-0 lead, scoring two runs in the first inning, one in the second, two more in the fifth, with another in the top of the eighth.

The Loons got on the board, scoring their only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth. Zach McKinstry drew a walk to open the inning, then took second on a wild pitch. McKinstry advanced to third on a sacrifice grounder by Ramon Rodriguez and took home on a single from Brayan Morales to make it 6-1.

Lansing then finished off the game with six runs in the ninth for the 12-1 win.

The second game of the series was canceled on Friday, April 6 and moved to Lansing for a double header on Sunday, April 8. The Lugnuts won their home opener 6-4 over the Loons on Saturday, April 7.

Lansing put up four runs in the first two innings, but the Loons came back with two runs in the third and fourth innings and tied the game, 4-4, with two more in the sixth. The Lugnuts then put the game away with two runs in the seventh for the 6-4 final.

The Loons then took both games of the double header on Sunday, April 8, with a 5-2 win in the first game and an 11-6 win in the nightcap.

The Loons took control of the first game with a 5-0 advantage after three innings, scoring three in the first and two in the third. The Lugnuts came back with two in the fourth, but were held scoreless for the rest of the game for the 5-2 final.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Loons took the early lead with two runs to open the game. Lansing came back with a run in the bottom of the first and one more in the third to tie the game 2-2.

The Loons then scored one in the fourth and five more in the top of the fifth for the 8-2 advantage. Lansing got two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Each team then both scored two runs in the sixth. The Loons finished off the game scoring once more in the seventh for the 11-6 final.

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