MIDLAND, Mich. - The offense picked up right where it left off and the pitching staff came through all night as the Great Lakes Loons took the season series with the Lansing Lugnuts with a 5-2 victory on Thursday night at Dow Diamond. With the win, the Loons claimed 10 wins in 2017 against their rivals from the state capitol against nine losses.
All the damage was done in the 2nd inning for the home team as they sent 10 batters to the plate. Jared Walker got the frame started with a run-scoring single followed by a sacrifice fly from Nick Yarnall. The lead was pushed to 3-0 when Saige Jenco drove in another run and Jeren Kendall put the icing on the cake with a two-run double the snuck inside the left-field foul line.
All five runs came against Lansing starter Mike Ellenbest (L, 7-7) who allowed 11 hits over 5.1 innings pitched. The product of Saginaw Valley State did record six strikeouts before being lifted from the game.
Melvin Jimenez did the exact opposite in his start as he allowed just one baserunner over 2.2 innings with six strikeouts. Marshall Kasowski (W, 1-0) and James Carter combined for five innings of one-run, four-hit relief before Dan Jagiello (SV, 1) closed out the game.
Brock Carpenter and Moises Perez each had three-hit games for the Loons in the 8-9 spots of the batting order. Jenco and Connor Wong also had multi-hit games with Wong now 13-for-22 with seven extra-base hits over his last five games.
The Loons now welcome in the Dayton Dragons for a four-game series that will begin on Friday night. The game between the Loons and Dragons scheduled for Saturday, August 26th at Dow Diamond is sold out. Fans that have purchased 2017 grass passes will still have those honored at the box office. However, no vouchers or rainout tickets can be redeemed for tickets to Saturday's game. Tickets are still available for the other three games against Dayton the rest of the weekend.
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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