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Drillers Take Opener from Wichita; Heaney Impressive

Valera finished 2-3, extended hitting streak to nine straight games
June 14, 2022

TULSA, OK – The Tulsa Drillers opened an important seven-game series with Wichita on Tuesday night at ONEOK Field, and they had a major league pitcher on the mound. Former Oklahoma State Cowboy and current Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Andrew Heaney made an injury rehabilitation start for the Drillers. Heaney

Seven-Run Eighth Inning Pushes Loons Past South Bend

Great Lakes scores 13 runs on 10 hits, takes advantage of walks and errors
May 29, 2022

In the pitch clock era, it is rarer and rarer to see a nine-inning game go past three hours, let alone over three and a half hours. The Great Lakes Loons and South Bend Cubs found a way Saturday night at Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend,

South Bend Barrage Too Much for Loons to Handle

ubs score in five of eight offensive innings while holding Great Lakes to five hits
May 27, 2022

After being shut out Thursday on four hits, the Great Lakes Loons were more resourceful with their four hits Friday night, scoring four runs. Unfortunately, the South Bend Cubs were even more efficient. The Cubs scored 11 on just eight hits, downing the Loons, 11-4, at Four Winds Field at

Loons Fall in South Bend Opener after Climbing Out of First-Inning Hole

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Before the first out was recorded in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, the South Bend Cubs had put five men on base with three walks and two doubles. Four of those runners would score in the first frame. The Great Lakes Loons were down 4-0 before their

Seven Runs in Final Two Innings Lead Loons to Series Win

Vivas drives in three with a trio of hits; DeLuca hits 12th longball
May 22, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – With nobody out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Great Lakes Loons trailed by a run and Jorbit Vivas stepped to the plate. Vivas collected his 13th hit of the week, a two-run double up the right field line, to put

Two-Homer Fourth Blasts Loons Over Lugnuts

After January and Vargas go deep in the same frame, Great Lakes never trails
May 20, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – With the wind whipping out to left field Friday night at Dow Diamond, you’d expect that there were a lot of homers by right-handed hitters. Instead, the Great Lakes Loons use two fourth-inning home runs by two lefties, one to centerfield and one to right, to lift

Early Offense Lets Loons Withstand Late Lugnuts Surge

Great Lakes scores eight runs in first five innings
May 19, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – The Great Lakes Loons had their offense working early Thursday night at Dow Diamond, as they exploded for eight runs in the first five innings against the Lansing Lugnuts. Good thing. Lansing did not go quiet into that good night, scoring four runs in the seventh inning

Four-Run Seventh Carries Loons to Victory

Jose Ramos gives Great Lakes late lead
May 18, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – After the Great Lakes Loons scored two runs in the first inning and took a 3-2 lead in the second frame, the Lansing Lugnuts jumped out to a 4-3 advantage in the third frame and kept the Loons’ bats quiet. In innings three through seven Wednesday night

Five Longballs Lift Loons over Lake County

Offensive explosion paired with excellent pitching and defense for 8-2 victory
May 14, 2022

In the last two games at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, the Great Lakes Loons had scored a total of four runs, and lost both contests. On Saturday night, the Loons had four in the third inning, and seven runs by the fourth. The Loons exploded offensively, using five home

Eighth-Inning Onslaught Propels Loons to Seventh Straight Win

Great Lakes scores three runs in penultimate frame on four hits
May 11, 2022

Coming into the eighth inning Wednesday night at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, the Great Lakes Loons were struggling. They had six hits in the previous five frames, but with just two runs to show for it, and nine men left stranded in those innings. Finally, in the eighth, the

Late Loons Offense Supports Another Excellent Pitching Night

Sixth-inning Valera homer puts Great Lakes in front for good
May 6, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – In the top of the third inning Friday night at Dow Diamond, the Beloit Sky Carp had the bases loaded with nobody out. The Great Lakes Loons opted to keep their infield back, content to cede a run if it meant turning two, trusting that their offense

Loons Sweep Doubleheader over Beloit, Pitching Staff Excels

Great Lakes arms allow just one run in fourteen innings
May 5, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – In a long baseball season, facing adversity is often less important than how you respond to adversity. On Wednesday night, the Great Lakes Loons faced adversity, losing a game despite one-hitting the Beloit Sky Carp. The Loons responded well Thursday night to that adversity. The Loons defeated

Loons Extend Winning Streak to Five Games Before Splitting Twin Bill

Great Lakes allows just one run in first game, scores just two in second
May 1, 2022

After winning the first game of a Sunday doubleheader, 3-1, at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich., the Great Lakes Loons had the chance to be the first team in Midwest League history to sweep a six-game series on the road. They came up just short. The West Michigan Whitecaps

Late Leonard Longball Lifts Loons to Fourth Consecutive Win

Stone tosses first five-inning start for Loons of the year, allowing no runs
April 29, 2022

In what was a true pitchers’ duel Friday night at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich., the Great Lakes Loons were able to manufacture two runs in the first six frames before the West Michigan Whitecaps tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game was tied

Bullpen Strong Again as Loons Win Third Straight

Great Lakes relievers combine for five innings of shutout baseball
April 28, 2022

Sometimes in baseball, you have to take what you’re given. On Thursday night at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich., the Great Lakes Loons did just that. The Loons scored four unearned runs against the West Michigan Whitecaps, taking advantage of two Whitecaps errors to win their third-straight game, 4-1.

Captains Rally Late to Steal Series Split with Loons

Loons offense explodes early, Captains mount comeback
April 24, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – After the first four innings at Dow Diamond on Sunday afternoon, the Great Lakes Loons had a 6-0 lead over the Lake County Captains. After that, it was all Captains. Lake County scored nine unanswered runs in the final five frames to defeat the Loons, 9-6, in

Late Loons Rally Falls Short in Peoria Series Finale

For second straight day, Chiefs get walk-off with no hits in final inning
April 17, 2022

Entering the top of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill., the Great Lakes Loons had been held scoreless and had mustered just four hits, all singles. In the eighth, the rally began. The Loons scored five runs on five hits in the frame, including three

Eleven-Inning Marathon Goes Peoria’s Way

Bizarre contest capped off by walk-off sacrifice fly
April 17, 2022

This game had everything. Extra innings? Of course. Pitch clock violations? You know it. Two ejections, a seven-minute inning break, and a truck driving onto the field? … what? After all was said and done Saturday, the Peoria Chiefs picked up their fourth win in a row over the Great

Peoria Pitching Keeps Loons Quiet, Chiefs Sweep Doubleheader

Great Lakes scores just three runs in seventeen innings
April 16, 2022

A final line of three runs on six hits would indicate a cold offensive night in a standard nine-inning game. Let alone 17 innings. In a doubleheader Friday night at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill., that’s all the Great Lakes Loons could muster, as they lose both games to the

Early Explosion of Longballs Leads Loons to Victory

Great Lakes scores in each of the first five innings, wins first road game of '22
April 12, 2022

In the first series of the year, three games at Dow Diamond over the weekend, the Great Lakes Loons scored a total of 10 runs. On Tuesday night at Dozer Field in Peoria, Ill., the Loons had 12 runs after the fourth inning. The Loons used four home runs and

Ching’s Broken Bat Bloop Brings Loons First Win

Ching’s first hit of the year is a walk-off; DeLuca homers twice
April 9, 2022

MIDLAND, Mich. – In 120 Great Lakes Loons games last season, the Loons got a walk-off win just once. It took just two games in 2022 to match that total. In the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday at Dow Diamond, Zac Ching broke his bat and flared a looper