MIDLAND, Mich. - With the Great Lakes Loons using the home run once again on Saturday night, it wasn't enough as the South Bend Cubs rebounded to even the series with a 5-3 victory at Dow Diamond in front of 4,570 fans. After the Loons had a pair of home runs lead them to victory on Friday, Gavin Lux and Saige Jenco each launched their first ones of the 2017 season.
The Cubs (37-24) never trailed in the game as they jumped out to a 1-0 in the 1st when Isaac Paredes singled to score Wladimir Galindo. They added two more runs to build their lead in the 5th as Kevontae Mitchell singled and Jhonny Pereda walked to begin the inning. Vimael Machin drove in the first run and an error brought around another against Dustin May.
Following being named to the Midwest League Eastern Division All-Star Team, May (L, 3-3) struggled through five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. The right-hander also issued three walks but did have seven strikeouts.
Lux attempted to pull the Loons (31-30) back with a two-run shot in the bottom of the 6th inning. It was his first home run as a professional since being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. That was followed by a long ball from Jenco in the 7th, his first home run of the season.
But it wouldn't be enough as Machin launched his fourth home run of the season off Miguel Urena in the 9th for some insurance. The South Bend designated hitter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Alberto Mineo and Isaac Paredes also had two hits apiece for the Cubs.
Erling Moreno (W, 1-0) picked up the victory throwing five shutout innings while Tyson Miller (H, 1) and Wyatt Short (SV, 6) finished the final four frames for South Bend.
The series and final homestand of the first half rolls on Sunday for the Loons as they'll send Chris Mathewson (1-0, 3.05 ERA) to the hill. Dylan Cease (1-2, 2.65 ERA) is set to come off the disabled list for the Cubs and get the start.
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