2018-07-05 / Sports

Loons go 1-3 against Lugnuts following break

By Lamont Lenar


Leo Crawford got the start for the Great Lakes Loons against Lansing on June 29. Crawford shut out the Lugnuts in the first four innings but then Lansing scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead and went on to a 3-1 win. 
Photos by Lamont Lenar Leo Crawford got the start for the Great Lakes Loons against Lansing on June 29. Crawford shut out the Lugnuts in the first four innings but then Lansing scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead and went on to a 3-1 win. Photos by Lamont Lenar The Great Lakes Loons returned home after a week on the road following the Midwest League All-Star game on Saturday, June 9. The Loons finished the first half of the season 24-44.

The Loons faced off against the Lansing Lugnuts at home in a four-game matchup June 28-July 1, going 1-3 in the series.

The Loons scored only one run in each of the first two games of the series, losing 5-1 on Thursday, June 28, and 3-1 on Friday, June 29.

The Loons then exploded with 13 runs to end a 13-game losing streak on Saturday, June 30, winning 13-6. Lansing then came back and took the series finale, 8-4 on Sunday, July 1.

In the June 29 game, Leo Crawford got the start for the Loons and shut out Lansing for the first four innings of the game.


Sven Schueller came in and closed out the game for the Loons against Lansing on June 29. He went one and one-third innings with no hits and a strikeout. Sven Schueller came in and closed out the game for the Loons against Lansing on June 29. He went one and one-third innings with no hits and a strikeout. In the fifth, Lansing loaded the bases with the first three hitters getting on base. The first batter was hit by a pitch, the next singled, followed by another hit-by-pitch.

The Lugnuts went on to score on an error. Loons Manager John Shoemaker was ejected after arguing about a close play at the plate. Lansing went on to score two more runs in the inning for a 3-0 lead.

Loons pitchers Connor Strain and Sven Schueller combined to hold Lansing scoreless for the final four innings.

The Loons got on the board in the bottom of the ninth. Moises Perez led off with a base hit and took second on a throwing error by the Lugnuts. Perez then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly from Luke Heyer. Perez wen went home on a ground-out by Brandon Montgomery for the 3-1 final.



Eric Peterson handles the grounder for the out in the Loons’ June 29 matchup against Lansing. Eric Peterson handles the grounder for the out in the Loons’ June 29 matchup against Lansing.

Brandon Montgomery makes the out at second and fires to first to turn the double play for the Loons in their June 29 game against Lansing. Brandon Montgomery makes the out at second and fires to first to turn the double play for the Loons in their June 29 game against Lansing.

Loons outfielder Josh McLain hunts downs the fly ball in the June 29 matchup against the Lansing Lugnuts. Loons outfielder Josh McLain hunts downs the fly ball in the June 29 matchup against the Lansing Lugnuts.

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