Midland is Magical

Dow Diamond-record 6,365 fans see Loons come-from-behind win

By Matt DeVries / Great Lakes Loons | August 26, 2017 11:06 PM ET


MIDLAND, Mich. - With hundreds of little dresses running around the stadium for Storybook Princess Night, there was some magic in the air at Dow Diamond as the Great Lakes Loons produced a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night. Better yet, it happened in front of 6,365 fans which is the largest crowd in franchise history.

Connor Wong stole the show at the plate with a pair of solo home runs for the Loons as he went 3-for-4. The young catching prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers had three of the Loons seven hits in the game and has now hit five home runs in his last six games.

After Wong tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Moises Perez singled with two outs and came all the way around to score on a Saige Jenco triple that reached the warning track in center field. But that wasn't the only heart-pumping play of the evening as Jeren Kendall put his speed on display as he scampered around the bases for an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 3rd.

Against Loons starter Leo Crawford, the Dragons pushed their way in front with a pair of runs in the 1st inning, coupled with runs in the 3rd and 4th. Taylor Sparks was equally impressive for Dayton at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in. But the other eight batters in the Dragons lineup managed to go just 2-for-26 in the game.

Jeremiah Muhammad (W, 1-1) was outstanding in relief as he recorded an astounding eight strikeouts in just three innings of work. He allowed just two baserunners (one hit, one walk) in his outing before Dan Jagiello (SV, 1) came on and pitched a perfect 9th to close out the victory.

Scott Moss, who's chasing the Dayton single-season wins record, received a no-decision going six innings allowing three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts. It was with Alex Webb (BS, 1; L, 0-3) on the mound that the Loons took the lead for good.

The series between the Loons and Dragons rolls on with a Kids Eat Free Sunday presented by Soaring Eagle Waterpak & Hotel. Kids can also run the bases after the game, courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance. And don't miss Sid the Science Kid presented by WCMU throughout the ballpark.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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