August 6-9 Cubs Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

CaptureThe South Bend Cubs have been the class of the Midwest League all season and once again they showed the Loons why. Great Lakes, after a four-game series sweep at Four Winds Field, has now lost seven straight to South Bend and it has been due to a lack of offense. The Loons have now dug themselves an even bigger hole en route to trying to secure a second half playoff berth. In the process of the sweep a couple of things were uncovered as some not-so-good trends for Great Lakes. South Bend starting pitching and left-handed pitching in general have prohibited the Loons from getting closer to the playoffs.

Great Lakes (18-26, 47-67) 6th; 11.5 GB
Playoff Position: 4th; 4.5 GB


Saturday, August 6th at South Bend L 5-4
Loons debuts for relievers Andrew Istler and Tony Gonsolin, Ibandel Isabel first HR as a Loon

Sunday, August 7th at South Bend L 5-2
Leo Crawford’s Loons debut: 5.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K, Loons 1-10 with RISP

Monday, August 8th at South Bend L 3-1
Darien Tubbs’s lead off game with home run (first pro HR), Loons commit 4 errors (3 in 1st inning)

Tuesday, August 9th at South Bend L 4-1
Luke Raley’s 3rd 3-hit game as a Loon, Mitchell White another scoreless 2 innings (12.0 IP 0 ER)

Loons: 8 runs, 24 hits, 7 errors, 21 left on base, 2 home runs
Cubs: 17 runs, 33 hits, 0 errors, 19 left on base, 1 home run

#DiveIn Deeper
  • The Loons and Cubs just wrapped up a stretch of eight games against each other in a span of 11 days. During those eight games, South Bend starting pitching stymied the Loons offense.
  • South Bend starters by the numbers:
    • 8 G, 5 QS, 6-0, 46.2 IP, 30 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 BB, 49 K, 0.77 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, .200 BAA (The Loons still have four games left against South Bend this year)
  • On top of South Bend starting pitching, left-handed starting pitching has been a problem for the Loons as well, and especially on the road. Great Lakes has not won a game in which a left-handed starter has opposed them since July 9th. On the road, the Loons have not won a game against a left-handed starter since June 14th. Those dates can be a bit deceiving.
  • Since July 9th the Loons have only faced a left-handed starter seven times (five of which came against South Bend). Since June 14th, the Loons have only faced a left-handed starter on the road six times. In total, the Loons are just 3-14 against left-handed starters on the road this season.

Up Next
8/11-8/14: Lake County Captains (19-25, 59-55… Record vs. LC this year: 9-10)

July 30-August 5 Homestand Recap

By Brad Tunney

With 29 games left to play, let the second half playoff conversation officially begin. The Loons, although only winning three of their seven games at Dow Diamond this week, and sitting four games below .500, have positioned themselves to be in the conversation for a second half playoff berth. Great Lakes got hot in the homestand at the right time taking the final two games against Lake County to carry momentum into a tough four-game trip to South Bend. Omar Estevez starred offensively going 9-24 (.375) with a home run, three doubles, and four runs scored in six games.

Great Lakes (18-22, 47-63) 5th; 9.0 GB
Playoff Position: 3rd; 0.5 GB


Saturday, July 30th vs. South Bend W 2-1
4th walk-off win of season (Brendon Davis RBI single), Wes Helsabeck: 6.0 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 9 K

Sunday, July 31st vs. South Bend L 2-1
Logan Landon team-high 14 game hit streak ends (0-4 4 K), Yadier Alvarez: 4 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K

Monday, August 1st vs. South Bend L 5-1
Jordan Sheffield MWL debut: 0.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 0 K, 1st position player to pitch for GL in 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd vs. South Bend L 5-2
MWL starting debut for Steve Berman: 1-4 2 K, Both runs for Loons scored in 1st inning

Wednesday, August 3rd vs. Lake County L 8-2
Loons allow season-high 17 hits, get outhit by 14

Thursday, August 4th vs. Lake County W 12-3
Loons allow season-low 2 hits, Eric Meza career-high 4 RBI, Ibandel Isabel Loons debut: 2-5 2B

Friday, August 5th vs. Lake County W 5-2
Omar Estevez career-high 7 TB, Yadier Alvarez: 5.0 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 7 K

Loons: 25 runs, 53 hits, 2 errors, 42 left on base, 2 home runs
Opponents: 26 runs, 58 hits, 4 errors, 48 left on base, 2 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper
  • Let’s start with Omar Estevez… Since the start of July, Omar has recorded hits in 23 of the 28 games he’s played in and has reached base safely in 26 of those 28 games. Remember, to begin the year, Estevez was the youngest player in all of low-A baseball and he’s starting to show why the Dodgers gave him $6 million last offseason.
    • Slash line since start of July: .336/.385/.584/.969
    • First 66 games: 51 H, 20 XBH, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 10 BB
    • Last 28 games: 38 H, 16 XBH, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 9 BB
  • A quick team stat for you now… The Loons defense only committed two errors at Dow Diamond this week.
    • Coming into homestand: 117 errors (1.14/game)
    • Last seven games: 2 errors (0.29/game)
    • Now with 119 team errors this year, the Loons are tied for tenth in the Midwest League for fewest errors.
  • Another thing of note during this homestand was two more starts being made by Dodgers top 10 prospect Yadier Alvarez. Yadier totaled nine innings this week conceding just one earned run on six hits and three walks. The Cuban added 11 strikeouts as well.
    • Yadier has only logged 18 innings in Great Lakes so he is not eligible to be listed in statistical leader boards. We can look at his numbers compared to all other pitchers in the MWL who have logged at least 10 innings this year.
    • K/9: 15.50 – 2nd
    • K%: 44.3% – 2nd
    • K-BB%: 38.6% – 1st
    • An updated look at Alvarez’ strikeouts in Great Lakes: 19 on FB, 8 on SL, 3 on CV, 1 on CH

Up Next
7/30-8/2: South Bend Cubs (22-12, 63-40; Record vs. SB this year: 3-3)
8/3-8/5: Lake County Captains (15-22, 55-52; Record vs. LC this year: 7-9)

July 27-29 Dragons Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

On the heels of an off-day the Loons traveled to Dayton for a quick three-game series that would end up becoming quite possibly the most memorable series of the season to date. Great Lakes tallied a season-high in hits in all three games, but the offensive production was somewhat overlooked by a two hour and 49 minute rain delay in game three. The Loons took two of three off the Dragons and finished 2016 9-9 against the Cincinnati Reds single-A affiliate.

Great Lakes (15-18, 44-59) 4th; 6.5 GB


Wednesday, July 27th at Dayton: L 7-5
Fumi Ishibashi’s managerial debut, Omar Estevez (3rd 3-hit game of career) 3-4 2 doubles

Thursday, July 28th at Dayton: W 7-5
Season high 13 left on base (4-21 w/ RISP), 3 Loons with 3-hit nights (1st occurrence of season)

Friday, July 29th at Dayton: W 13-1
Game started at 9:49 p.m. EDT and finished at 12:52 a.m., All 9 loons score at least 1 run

Loons: 25 runs, 49 hits, 5 errors, 31 left on base, 2 home runs
Dragons: 13 runs, 27 hits, 1 error, 18 left on base, 4 home run

#DiveIn Deeper
  • A lot of Loons stood out offensively…
    • Darien Tubbs: 6-13, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2 R, BB
    • Omar Estevez: 7-15, HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI
    • Luke Raley: 6-15, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
    • Brendon Davis: 5-12, HR, 4 RBI, SB
    • Logan Landon: 4-7, 3 R, 3 2B, RBI, BB
    • Will Smith: 5-14, 4 R, BB
  • In the best offensive series of the season for the Loons they hit .405 as a team and raised their season batting average 7 points (.220-.227).

Up Next
7/30-8/2: South Bend Cubs (22-12, 63-40; Record vs. SB this year: 3-3)
8/3-8/5: Lake County Captains (15-22, 55-52; Record vs. LC this year: 7-9)

July 20-25 Homestand Recap

By Brad Tunney

For the final time this season the Loons faced off against the Midwest League Western Division and finished 5-1 against the Kane County Cougars and Clinton LumberKings. The Loons recorded their first series sweep and also won consecutive series for the first time since May 2-7. Great Lakes finishes 9-15 against the West. It’s the first time since the divisions became even in 2009 that the Loons have finished below .500 against the West. This week the Loons were led by a combination of great pitching and an emerging offense that continues to buck the early trends of low batting averages and high strikeout rates.

Great Lakes (13-17, 42-58) T-5th; 6.0 GB

Wednesday, July 20th vs. Kane County, W 5-1, Game Story
Yadier Alvarez Single-A debut: 5 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K, Will Smith hits 1st Loons HR

Thursday, July 21st vs. Kane County, W 2-0, Game Story
Shea Spitzbarth: 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K, Loons batters only strikeout twice

Friday, July 22nd vs. Kane County, W 4-1, Game Story
Michael Boyle’s 1st relief appearance: W 6 IP 2 H 0 R 0 BB 5 K, Eric Meza’s 3rd career HR

Saturday, July 23rd vs. Clinton, L 5-1, Game Story
Loons batters strikeout 13 times, Gage Green reaches base three times

Sunday, July 24th vs. Clinton, W 6-1, Game Story
Wes Helsabeck’s 2nd career start: 5 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 6 K, Loons shortest 9-inning game of year (2:11)

Monday, July 25th vs. Clinton, W 8-6, Game Story
Yadier Alvarez: 4 IP 3 H 4 R 2 ER 0 BB 10 K, Matt Jones 2-3 HR 2 RBI BB

Loons: 26 runs, 51 hits, 8 errors, 46 left on base, 3 home runs
Opponents: 14 runs, 41 hits, 6 errors, 36 left on base, 3 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper

  • The biggest story of the homestand was the arrival of Dodgers #10 prospect ( Cuban RHP Yadier Alvarez, who was signed for $16 million in the 2015 international free agent signing class. Alvarez ended up making two starts and dazzled in both.
  • Start 1 vs. Kane County: W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 19 BF, 68-52, Error
  • Start 2 vs. Clinton: ND, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, HR, 16 BF, 68-54, Error
  • Total: 1-0, 9.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 20 K, HR, 35 BF, 136-106, 2 E
  • Of Alvarez’ 20 strikeouts, here’s the breakdown on the K-pitch: 12 on FB, 6 on SL, 1 on CV, 1 on CH
  • Alvarez benefited from an excellent 1st-pitch strike percentage or “F-Strike%” (percentage of PA that start with a strike). Alvarez dealt a first pitch strike in 25 of 35 plate appearances which is 71.4%. The highest F-Strike% in the MLB at the time of this post is held by the Angels Matt Shoemaker at 69.9%.
  • The Loons batter strikeout numbers have been well documented all season long. For a majority of the season Great Lakes has led all of MiLB in batter strikeouts. During this 5-1 homestand, the Loons only struck out 34 times in six games. That’s 5.7 Ks/game. The Loons entered the week averaging 9.7 Ks/game. Ironically, the only game the Loons lost they had their highest strikeout total of the homestand at 13.

Shea Spitzbarth: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Alex Hermeling: 2 G, 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Logan Landon: 11-game hit streak, 6-16, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 BB, 2 SB
Luke Raley: 7-17, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 SB
Zach McKinstry: 5-11, 3 R

Up Next
7/27-7/29: Dayton Dragons (11-19, 32-68… Record vs. DAY this year: 7-8)

July 13-18 Road Trip Recap

By Brad Tunney

The second and final trip of the season to the Western Division was just as unkind to the Loons as the first one was back in late April, early May. The Loons went 0-6 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers in the first road trip, and finished this road trip against the Burlington Bees and Peoria Chiefs 0-6 as well. Great Lakes, now in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season (seven games), has had to battle an ever-changing starting rotation and bullpen, the latter of which has hit some rough times.

Great Lakes (8-16, 37-57) 8th; 7.5 GB


Wednesday, July 13th at Burlington: L 6-2
Saige Jenco in Loons debut: 1-4 RBI, Isaac Anderson 5 IP 3 H 2 ER (promoted to High-A 4 days later)

Thursday, July 14th at Burlington: L 7-6
Loons held 5-1 lead after 6 1/2 innings & 6-4 lead after 7 1/2 innings, Logan Landon first 3-hit game of season

Friday, July 15th at Burlington: L 9-3
Dodgers 2016 2nd-round pick Mitchell White makes Loons debut: 2.0 IP 0 H 0 R 1 BB 1 K

Saturday, July 16th at Peoria: L 4-3
Omar Estevez season-long hit streak ends at 12, Noah Perio’s first HR as Loon, Loons strand bases loaded in 9th

Sunday, July 17th at Peoria: L 5-2
Dodgers 2014 38th-round pick Caleb Ferguson makes Loons debut: 5.0 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K

Monday, July 18th at Peoria: L 4-3
6th extra-inning game of year (11 inn.), Wes Helsabeck makes pro starting debut: 5.0 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Loons: 19 runs, 51 hits, 3 errors, 38 left on base, 4 home runs
Opponents: 35 runs, 63 hits, 8 errors, 40 left on base, 4 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper
  • After an optimistic 8-9 start to the second half, the Loons have lost seven straight games. Why? One of the reasons can be pointed to the bullpen and the switching of roles for many pitchers on the Loons roster. It can be a major adjustment for pitchers to move from a starting role into a relief role as happened with Victor Gonzalez for one appearance on the trip (3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER) and as has happened with Dennis Santana (Starting: 14 G, 2.97 ERA; Relieving: 3 G, 5.40 ERA).
  • The Loons bullpen ERA entering the road trip was 3.95. It is now 4.30.
  • Loons bullpen during road trip: 24 IP, 37 H, 24 ER, 14 BB, 9.00 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, 0-3, 2 BS
  • Loons bullpen – 1st half: 3.83, 2nd half: 5.55
  • Now for a little history about the Loons vs. the Western Division. The Loons, without any more games on the road against a Western Division team, have finished the 2016 season 0-12 in such games. Not only is it the worst record on the road against the other division in team history, but it is very uncharacteristic of the Loons since the Midwest League grew to 16 teams and evened divisions in 2010. Great Lakes has not finished below .500 against the Western Division on the road since 2009.2015: 8-3-1, 2014: 7-5, 2013: 6-6, 2012: 8-4, 2011: 7-5, 2010: 8-4Just one of those years…

Players on the Rise

  • Omar Estevez has a 14 game on-base streak (July 2-18) (.333, 18-54, 6 BB, 12 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI)
  • Estevez slash line increase since July 2nd: .206/.242/.310 – .228/.269/.368
  • Gage Green has an 8 game hit streak (July 3-18) (.407, 11-27) (BA up from .192 to .217)
  • Logan Landon has a 6 game hit streak (July 11-18) (.375, 9-24, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
Up Next
7/20-7/22: Kane County Cougars (9-16, 42-53; Record vs. KC this year: 0-0)
7/23-7/25: Clinton LumberKings (19-6, 58-37; Record vs. CLI this year: 0-0)

O.A.R. Concert Guide

By Matt DeVries

The 5th concert in the history of Dow Diamond is almost here as O.A.R., Vertical Horizon and Michael Robertson are about to light up Midland with their unique music styles!

The show is sure to be something that is rarely seen in the state of Michigan with music taking over a ballpark. With the Detroit Tigers, Lansing Lugnuts and West Michigan Whitecaps the other major baseball teams in the state, an outdoor concert in this type of environment only comes around every so often.



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O.A.R. is renowned for its intense, vibrant live shows and the communal feeling it shares with its fans. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, O.A.R. has announced the upcoming release of their new album XX out on August 5th via Vanguard Records.

The two CD set includes a career-spanning collection of O.A.R.’s biggest hits and incredible live shows plus new studio material. Disc one features fan favorites such as “Heaven”, “Peace”, Shattered, “Two Hands Up” and more. Disc two spotlights select performances from their extensive live catalog.

Marc Roberge, Richard On, CHrus Culos, Jerry DePizzo and Benj Gershman provide a style of music that is pleasing to the ear for anyone. You can connect to the lyrics. The the songs are fun. You can’t wait to hear the next one.

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O.A.R. Qello Concerts Documentary: Evolution of a Song

O.A.R. has built a reputation as a great band to see live. They’re style has been likened to a Dave Matthews Band where they will play songs that allow the crowd to get involved. The term “jam band” is synonymous with groups like this, which makes for a entertaining shows like the one below at Madison Square Garden.



Vertical Horizon was founded in the early 1990’s, touring extensively before their breakout album in 1999, Everything You Want, which went on to sell more than two million copies. Their follow-up album, Go, was released in 2003 and solidified the band as a no-nonsense pop rock entity.

In addition to writing and producing songs for Vertical Horizon, lead singer Matt Scannell has spent the past few years writing songs with and for other artists. In 2010 he wrote “Wish You Were Here” for the band Hey Monday, featuring lead singer Cassadee Pope, who went on to win season 3 of NBC’s hit show The Voice. In 2013, Vertical Horizon released their album, Echoes From The Underground.




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From the first notes of Michael Robertson’s debut CD, it’s clear that the singer and guitarist is a skilled storyteller. The Michigan native has a knack for recognizing irony when exploring the nuances of unremarkable – yet universal – life experience.

Michael spent a dozen years with Maybe August and currently heads a side project, the Robertson Bros. Band. All My Stories, released in June 2016, detail Robertson’s musical journey with vivid precision. From the breezy pace that propels the opening title track, Robertson is firmly in the driver’s seat, crafting sunny melodies that are accentuated by his ability to decelerate and allow the moment to linger.

Niky House goes more in depth with Michael in this great article from the Midland Daily News.




There will not be a bad seat at Dow Diamond for the concert as general admission tickets can have you in the seating bowl with a perfect view of everything happening. Or gain access to the field and get that much closer to the artists! If you don’t have your tickets yet, not to worry. Just head over to and snag some for you and your friends!

July 8-11 Dragons Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

Omar Estevez led an emerging offense to a four game series split against the Dayton Dragons at Dow Diamond. The Loons won the middle two games and entered Monday nights game looking for their first series win since June 12th. Estevez has broken out offensively to start the month of July and it continued with a 6-14 performance during the series. Omar goes into the first off-day of the 2nd half with a nine game hitting streak, longest of the season for any Loons player.

Great Lakes (8-10, 37-51) 5th; 5.5 GB

Friday, July 8th vs Dayton: L 6-2
Darien Tubbs/Gil Velasquez ejected in 9th inning, Loons strand bases loaded in 9th

Saturday, July 9th vs Dayton: W 7-6
Third walk-off win of season – Luke Raley RBI single, largest home crowd since 8/29/14 (5,842)

Sunday, July 10th vs Dayton: W 10-1
Michael Boyle W 6.0 IP 1 ER 9 K(career-high), fourth 10-run game of season

Monday, July 11th vs Dayton: L 4-0
Gavin Pittore 3.0 IP 0 H 0 BB 3 K, Nolan Long career-high nine strikeouts

Loons: 19 runs, 29 hits, 2 errors, 25 left on base, 3 home run
Dragons: 17 runs, 34 hits, 2 errors, 32 left on base, 4 home run

#DiveIn Deeper
  • The Loons have spent most of the 2016 season leading all of minor league baseball in offensive strikeouts, but have turned a corner of late. Great Lakes only totaled 27 team strikeouts over the four game series lowering their per game average to 9.81.
  • As a team, the Loons batting average remains at .215. In July Great Lakes is hitting .246.
  • Omar Estevez during his 9 game hitting streak: 14-34 (.412), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 4 BB
Up Next
7/13-7/15: Burlington Bees (7-12, 39-50; Record vs. BUR this year: 0-0)

July 4-7 Whitecaps Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

An originally scheduled four game set was cut down to three when the series finale between the Great Lakes Loons and West Michigan Whitecaps was suspended. The Loons dropped two of three against the Whitecaps in one of the flukiest, “something-of-everything” series you will see. During the games that were played the Loons offense had their strongest series of the season totaling 21 runs. Great Lakes had double-digit hits in all three games and on 12 occasions a Loon batter had a double-hit night.

Great Lakes (6-8, 35-49) T-6th; 4.0 GB


Monday, July 4th at West Michigan: L 8-5
Matt Jones 2-4 2 RBI 2nd triple of year, Imani Abdullah 3.1 IP 10 H 6 ER

Tuesday, July 5th at West Michigan: L 15-10
25 combined runs & 29 combined hits (both Loons season highs), Omar Estevez HR 3 R 3 RBI

Wednesday, July 6th at West Michigan: W 6-2
60-minute power outage delay when lights went off at ballpark, 4 run 10th inning for Loons

Thursday, July 7th at West Michigan: Suspended
Game started at 7:01 ET, delayed at 7:06, called at 8:12, final 8.5 innings will be finished at Dow Diamond in September

Loons: 21 runs, 35 hits, 6 errors, 26 left on base, 2 home runs
Whitecaps: 25 runs, 39 hits, 4 errors, 23 left on base, 0 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper
A game played on Independence Day
A game that featured a combined 25 runs and 29 hits
A game delayed by a power outage
An extra-inning game
A game suspended due to poor field conditions after rain
  • A little bit of everything for the Whitecaps and Loons.
  • 21 runs of offense is tied for the most runs the Loons have scored in a series this season. Great Lakes scored 21 runs against the Bowling Green Hot Rods in a four game series in late May.
  • More importantly, the Loons team batting average is on the rise. Great Lakes leaves West Michigan batting .215 as a team. That is the highest batting average for the Loons since April 15th (5 games into the season).

Offensive Standout
Darien Tubbs: 6-13, 2 R, 2 BB
Matt Jones: 5-12, 5 R, HR, 3 RBI
Omar Estevez: 4-12, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Luke Raley: 3-11, 4 R, RBI, 2 BB
Dian Toscano: 3-8, 3 RBI, BB

Up Next
7/8-7/11: Dayton Dragons (4-9, 25-58; Record vs. DAY this year: 5-6)

July 1-3 Hot Rods Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

Although dropping two of three in a weekend series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Loons starting pitching staff continued to dazzle in the second half of the season. Along with strong starts from Victor Gonzalez, Dennis Santana, and Isaac Anderson, an influx of fresh faces in the Loons lineup helped keep Great Lakes afloat in an extremely close series. The top two teams in home runs in the Midwest League combined for zero long balls during the weekend set.

Great Lakes (5-6, 34-47) T-4th; 3.5 GB


Friday, July 1st vs. Bowling Green: L 2-1, Game Story
11-innings (3 hours, 33 minutes), Alex Burgos’ Loons debut – 3.0 IP 0 R 4 K

Saturday, July 2nd vs. Bowling Green: W 5-3, Game Story
2nd shortest 9-inning game of the year (2 hours, 15 minutes), Santana perfect through 4 innings

Sunday, July 3rd vs. Bowling Green: L 3-2, Game Story
Omar Estevez 3 doubles ties franchise high for single game, Anderson 6.0 IP 1 H, 0 ER, 5 K

Loons: 8 runs, 18 hits, 3 errors, 19 left on base, 0 home runs
Hot Rods: 8 runs, 21 hits, 2 errors, 26 left on base, 0 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper
  • An updated look at the numbers on Loons starting pitchers in the second half:
    • 11 GS, 60.1 IP, 35 H, 12 ER, 17 BB, 72 K, 1.79 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 10.7 K/9
  • After adding Darien Tubbs and Noah Perio in the first leg of the homestand, the Dodgers sent three more new players to integrate into the lineup for the series against Bowling Green. Ariel Sandoval departed Great Lakes with a well-deserved promotion to high-A Rancho Cucamonga. In return, the Loons Will Smith, Luke Raley, and Dian Toscano. Smith, a Louisville product, was the 32nd overall draft pick in the 2016 1st-year player draft. Raley was the Dodgers 7th round selection, and Toscano was acquired in a trade along with pitcher Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves.
  • Smith had an impactful debut on Saturday night going 1-4 with 2 RBI tying the game at three in the 6th inning.
Up Next
7/4-7/7: West Michigan Whitecaps (1-5, 43-34; Record vs. WM this year: 1-5)

June 27-30 Lugnuts Series Recap

By Brad Tunney

For the final time this season the Loons welcomed the Lansing Lugnuts to Dow Diamond and split a hard-fought four game series two games a piece. Three of the four games were one-run games including the second walk-off win of the season for the Loons coming in game one on Monday. Since the All-Star Break, Great Lakes has played eight games, six of which have been decided by one run. Ariel Sandoval, along with newcomers Darien Tubbs and Noah Perio, led the offense and the starting pitching was stellar again.

Great Lakes (4-4, 33-45) T-3rd; 3.0 GB


Michael Boyle turned in one of his better starts of the season on June 30 when he threw six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and three walks. He also had a career-high eight strikeouts. [Photo by Bob Spears]

Monday, June 27th vs. Lansing: W 6-5, Game Story
2nd walk-off win of the season, Gage Green walk-off RBI-single with 2 outs in 9th inning

Tuesday, June 28th vs. Lansing: L 4-1, Game Story
Noah Perio’s 1st hit as a Loon (multi-hit game), Jake Henson’s 5th multi-hit game

Wednesday, June 29th vs. Lansing: L 2-1, Game Story
Loons 1-11 with RISP (9 LOB), Imani Abdullah 5 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Thursday, June 30th vs. Lansing: W 7-6, Game Story
Logan Landon’s 1st career multi-HR game, Landon/Sandoval back-to-back HRs in 3rd inning

Loons: 15 runs, 29 hits, 5 errors, 33 left on base, 3 home runs
Lugnuts: 17 runs, 29 hits, 3 errors, 29 left on base, 4 home runs

#DiveIn Deeper
  • Similar to the first series of the second half against Lake County, the Loons were anchored by their starting pitching in the four games against Lansing.
  • Starting pitching: 22.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 8 BB, 30 K, 2.01 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 12.1 K/9
  • Starting pitching eight games into 2nd half: 44.1 IP, 28 H, 9 ER, 13 BB, 55 K, 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 11.2 K/9
  • On offense, Ariel Sandoval had a three-game hit streak entering the series and extended it to seven games with a hit in all four games against Lansing. Sandoval’s batting average has jumped 17 points during his current stretch (.230 – .247).
    • Sandoval vs. Lansing: 7-16, 12 TB, HR, 2 2B, 3 BB
  • Along with Sandoval, Darien Tubbs and Noah Perio aided the Loons offensively. Tubbs, a former Memphis Tiger, became the first 2016 Dodgers draft pick to join the Loons. Perio, a former Miami Marlins farmhand, was signed as a MiLB free agent from the Sioux City Explorers (American Association). Tubbs batted lead-off for all four games and was followed by Perio in all four as well.
    • Tubbs vs. Lansing: 4 SB, 3 BB, 3 H
    • Perio vs. Lansing: 6-16, 4 RBI
Up Next
7/1-7/3: Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-5, 40-37… Record vs. BG this year: 4-4)