South Bend, IN: A rain packed start to the night at Four Winds Field on Thursday ended up being the Achilles' Heel of the South Bend Cubs in a 4-3 loss to the Great Lakes Loons.
Much like last night, the Cubs showed quite a bit of life in their bats to start the game. After the Loons took the 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning courtesy of a Josh McLain single, South Bend responded with three runs of their own in their half of the inning. Brandon Hughes, Cam Balego, and Clayton Daniel all crossed the plate to give the Cubs the lead.
After the 3rd inning, dark and ominous clouds began to pass over the ballpark. The umpires quickly called for the tarp to be placed on the field as the rain began to fall.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, starter Javier Assad had to be pulled after four strong innings because of the delay. Assad pitched four innings of two run ball and struck out two batters. South Bend's bats went cold after the rain delay. As the game went on, the offense could not back up the bullpen.
Out of the pen, right hander Brendan King pitched a solid three innings, but allowed two runs with both coming off of his former summer ball teammate Deacon Liput. Liput smashed his fifth home run of the season over the right field wall to give the Loons the 4-3 lead.
As the night went to the bottom of the 9th, the Cubs reached a point with two outs and the tying run at third base. The winning run was at first base, represented by Chris Singleton. To end the game, Daniel grounded out to the shortstop Jacob Amaya.
The Loons take game two and now the series by a final of 4-3. With the series finale set for tomorrow night at 7:35, South Bend will hope to salvage the final game with lefty Brendon Little taking the rubber. After tomorrow, the Cubs will open a four game series against the Lake County Captains.
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