DAYTON, Ohio - Cristian Santana and Jared Walker hit home runs for the Loons, who ended Jose Siri's historic 39-game hit streak in a 4-2 win over the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field on an unseasonably cool Friday evening.
It's the second series sweep of the season for the Loons (20-21; 56-54) and the team's first since April 26, while Dayton (13-28; 54-57) suffers its seventh straight defeat. The Loons tie their season-long win streak with a fourth straight triumph.
Home runs played a key role in the Loons' win, and indeed, the road trip as a whole. The Loons clubbed 21 home runs on their seven-game road trip.
In the first inning, Santana sent a 1-2 pitch from Midwest League All-Star Scott Moss, a lefty, over the wall in left-center to give the Loons a 1-0 lead. It marked the fifth time the Loons scored a run in the first inning on their road trip.
Walker delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit when he sent a towering fly ball down the right field line and over the wall for a three-run home run in the fourth inning against Moss (L, 11-6). Walker, the Dodgers fifth-round pick in 2014 has hit six home runs in his last four games, and drove in 10 runs in three games against Dayton.
Right-hander Dustin May bounced back from a rocky outing in Lansing on July 30, and pitched six innings with one run allowed on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts. May (W, 7-6) now has 102 strikeouts on the season in 108 innings pitched.
Tempers flared in the eighth inning when Siri batted against Loons right-handed reliever Ryan Moseley. The 22-year-old Siri entered play on Friday with a 39-game hit streak, longest in the 70-year history of the Midwest League. On the first pitch to Siri, Moseley threw behind the hitter. Later in the at-bat, Siri attempted to bunt, but missed. Then, on a 3-2 pitch, Siri took ball four and took his base, but not before exchanging words with Moseley up the first base line. In the midst of this exchange between Siri and Moseley, both dugouts emptied, but no contact between the two was made.
After a 5-2 road trip and one of the more memorable weeks in Loons franchise history, the team returns to Dow Diamond on Saturday to start a four-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. First pitch on Star Wars Night at the ballpark is set for 7:05 p.m. EDT. Radio pregame coverage on ESPN 100.9-FM dawns at 6:35.¬
The Great Lakes Loons are the 2016 Midwest League Champions and have been a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2007. Dow Diamond, home of the Loons, also houses ESPN 100.9-FM and the Michigan Baseball Foundation. For tickets and more information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.
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