COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - The Loons suffered a shutout loss for the first time since June 3, and the West Michigan Whitecaps set a Midwest League record for shutout wins in a season with a 6-0 victory over the Loons on Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.
It is the 24th win by shutout for West Michigan (34-12; 79-34), and it surpasses Quad City Angels' 23 shutout wins in 1974. The Loons (20-27; 56-60) drop their sixth in a row, and their ninth shutout loss of the season.
West Michigan's pitching tandem of right-handed starter Anthony Castro (W, 9-4) and left-handed reliever Trent Szkutnik (S, 2) limited the Loons to four hits and two walks. Szkutnik pitched four perfect innings to end the game and struck out six.
Southpaw Leo Crawford (L, 6-10) walked a career-high five batters and threw 107 pitches over five innings. Danny Woodrow, Cole Bauml and Danny Pinero each tallied multiple hits for West Michigan.
The Loons hand the ball to righty Chris Mathewson (3-3, 3.21) in game three of the series Saturday night at 7 p.m. Left-hander Eudis Idrogo (6-4, 3.07) opposes the Loons. Pregame coverage begins a half-hour prior to first pitch on ESPN 100.9-FM.
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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