MIDLAND, Mich. - Well wouldn't you know it! The Great Lakes Loons are no longer just one of the hottest teams in the Midwest League, they hold one of the longest streaks in the country. On Sunday afternoon with temperatures near 70 degrees to help get May started, the Loons swept their second series a row and won their ninth consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
It is the longest win streak for the Loons (17-12) since their franchise-best 10-game run in June 2015. It's also the second longest win streak in all of professional baseball behind only the Down East Wooducks of the Carolina League who have won 10 straight.
Great Lakes has the long ball to thank for their latest win as Niko Hulsizer and Central Michigan product Dan Robinson both launched home runs in the 1st and 5th innings, respectively. For Hulsizer, it was his fifth of the season which leads the team and puts him near the top of the Midwest League leaders.
As a pitching staff, the Loons scattered eight Wisconsin hits to allow just one run. Zach Willeman made his season debut after the joining the team prior to first pitch and did not disappoint tossing four shutout innings. The combination of Drew Finely (W, 1-0), Jasiel Alvino (H, 2) and Nathan Witt (SV, 1) allowed just one run over the final five frames.
Despite drawing just three walks on Sunday, which is far below their per-game average, the Loons still lead all of Minor League Baseball as they've drawn 166 walks in their first 29 games this season. The team's major-league affiliate the Los Angeles Dodgers lead Major League Baseball in walks drawn with 148.
It's now back on the bus to see if they can keep the winning streak alive. The Loons travel to greater Chicago to face the Kane County Cougars beginning on Monday. The location of their series with Quad Cities River Bandits Wednesday thru Friday will depend on the flood conditions in towns near the Mississippi River.
Niko Hulsizer: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
Dan Robinson: 2-for-4, 3B, HR, 2 RB, R
James Outman: 2-for-3, R, BB
May 13: Military Monday pres. by Betten Baker
May 14: Two-fer Tuesday feat. any ladies cap & tank top for $24.99, plus two stadium hot dogs for $6
May 15: School Kids Day with first pitch at 10:35 a.m.; the perfect 5-0 Great Lakes Camels will be in action
May 24: Feel Good Friday Kickoff; postgame Koozie Giveaway & concert with Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions
May 25: 3 Millionth Fan Celebration with $5,000 grand prize; postgame Fireworks Loontacular
The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team's inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team's home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.
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