SOUTH BEND, Ind. - After a 90-minute pre-game rain delay and a 42-minute pause in the fifth inning, Great Lakes finalized a 15-0 win over South Bend in Saturday night's rubber game at Four Winds Field.
The Loons (26-34 second half, 64-64 overall) plated three runs in the first, two in the second, five more in the fifth, one in the sixth, another in the eighth and three in the ninth to topple the Cubs (30-31 second half, 59-69 overall) with an 20-hit performance.
South Bend starting pitcher Zach Hedges allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits and a pair of walks and was lifted in the top of the fifth inning with nobody out.
Cubs designated hitter Jeffrey Baez (2-for-4) collected another multi-hit effort.
Loons first baseman Brian Wolfe smacked an RBI single in the top of the first inning to put Great Lakes ahead 1-0. Great Lakes designated hitter Justin Chigbogu followed two batters later with a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to deep center field.
Great Lakes leadoff man Michael Ahmed rolled an infield single toward third to score shortstop Jordan Tarsovich and push the lead to 4-0. Center fielder Logan Landon then singled, and Ahmed scored on a South Bend error.
Chigbogu struck an RBI double in the fifth to stretch the lead to 6-0. Left fielder Federico Celli then tacked on an RBI triple. Then Tarsovich cracked an RBI single into left field to make it 8-0. Third baseman Matt Beaty and Wolfe followed with run-scoring hits to widen the gap to 10-0 before the second rain delay. Celli later scored on a slow roller on the infield.
Loons catcher Julian Leon skied a solo home run to left field in the eighth against Cubs infielder-turned-reliever David Bote, making it a 12-0 lead.
Ahmed teed off on a three-run shot in the ninth.
South Bend travels to Bowling Green, Kentucky, to start a three-game series with the Hot Rods on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. ET. Cubs right-hander Erick Leal (4.24 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Bowling Green righty Yonny Chirinos (1.65 ERA).
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