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Let’s face it, everybody loves lists. They are just the kind of device that drives people to set websites like Yahoo! and AOL as their Internet homepages. Therefore, From the Nest now presents to you the Top Ten Loons home games of the 2010 Season (Part 1). I guess we’re hoping for similar results…or at least a bookmark.
Now, the Top Ten!
10. ‘Running after Doubles’ – 9.1.2010
In what was only the second home game over nine-innings for the Loons, the team was down 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning when designated hitter Chris Jacobs hit a single to start a rally. Nick Buss walked, and an error on the Captains pitcher loaded the bases with no outs. After three pitches and one Rall E. Camel visit, as seen in this fan video, outfielder Angelo Songco lifted a deep double to the wall that scored two runs in the Loons walk-off extra-innings win. His evasive manuevers around the base paths weren’t enough to prevent the team’s celebratory huddle. Full story / Video Highlights
9. ‘Opening Day Presents…the Great Lakes Loons’ – 4.11.2010
After a lively parade through the streets of downtown Midland, the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region were given their first taste of Great Lakes Loons baseball for the 2010 season. With weather fit for summer and the real-life Rall E. Camel in attendance, the team (3-0) was set to host the 0-3 Lansing Lugnuts. The Loons quickly showcased their offensive prowess, outscoring the visitors 7-1 in the first six innings, highlighted by Chris Jacobs and Jerry Sands home runs. Unfortunately, Great Lakes was unable to hold off a late Lansing rally, putting the only dark spot on an otherwise wonderful day. Full Story / Blog Highlight
8. ‘Back-to-Back-to-Back’ – 8.22.2010
West Michigan Whitecaps starting pitcher Victor Larez ran into major trouble in the first inning of this Loons game on August 22. The right-handed hurler surrendered a double to Nick Buss and a triple to Brian Cavazos-Galvez to give the Loons the lead, but that was merely the beginning. With Larez’s next four pitches, each of the Loons No. 4-6 batters blasted home runs to put Great Lakes at 5-0 after one. The three shots by Blake Smith, Angelo Songco and Rafael Ynoa marked the first time the Loons have hit back-to-back-to-back jacks. The inning ended after J.T. Wise knocked a harmless single to right field to complete the Loons one-inning cycle. The Loons went on to win 7-1. Full Story / Video Highlights
7. ‘Two-In-One Plus 21-Straight’ – 7.23.2010
The Loons won two in one afternoon on the July 23 doubleheader, rallying twice to defeat the Midwest League’s eventual Western Champions, the Clinton LumberKings. In the winning efforts, Loons outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez (#44) used a home run in Game 1 to extend his hit-streak to 20 consecutive games, surpassing Eduardo Perez for the franchise’s all-time record. He hit a single in Game 2 to make it 21-straight. His streak ended at 24 in a row, in which he totaled 41 hits for a .418 batting average and 19 extra-base knocks. Full Story / Video Highlights
6. ‘Playoff Bound! But First, 69 More Games’ – 6.16.2010
For the first time in team history, the Great Lakes Loons clinched a Midwest League playoff berth in the first half of the season. The celebration was full-fledged, with clubhouse bubbly and all, but it still felt a little strange to be welcoming the playoffs in June with still more than half of the regular season to play. Nevertheless, the Loons earned it with this 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks, putting the team into the playoffs for the second year in a row. Full Story / Video Highlights
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With the Loons 2010 season officially over, albeit a few games too soon, it’s time for the record books to be updated and showcased. A lot of players help set new single-season and single-game records this season, which proves just how talented the 2010 Loons were. Here is a taste of the 2010 Loons many accomplishments.
Franchise’s Best Single-Season Record:
Other franchise single-season bests set in 2010:
Best Batting Average – Brian Cavazos-Galvez (.318) replacing E. Perez (’07 – .311)
Most Doubles – Brian Cavazos-Galvez (43) replaceing Kyle Russell (’09 – 39)
Most Sacrifice Flies – J.T. Wise (8) replacing Nick Buss (’09 – 6)
Most Sacrifice Bunts – Rafael Ynoa (14) replacing Francisco Lizarraga (’07 – 11)
Most Games as a Catcher – Gorman Erickson (80) replacing Kenley Jansen (’08 – 78)
Best Earned Run Average – Allen Webster (2.88) replacing Justin Miller (’08 – 3.99)
Most Shutouts – Will Savage and Matt Magill (1) tying Bryan Morris (’08 – 1)
Most Holds – Steve Smith (17) replacing many with only 5
Most Saves – Luis Vasquez (20) tying Miguel Ramirez (’08 – 20)
Most Strikeouts – Josh Wall (151) replacing Clayton Kershaw (’07 – 134)
Lowest Batting Average Against – Matt Magill (.194) replacing C. Kershaw (’07 - 203)
Longest Hitting Streak – Brian Cavazos-Galvez (24 games) replacing E. Perez (’07 – 19)
Most Hits in a Game – Blake Smith (5) tying Jaime Pedroza (’09)
Most Extra-base Hits in a Game – Cavazos-Galvez (4) replacing 13 others with 3
Most Innings in a Game – Josh Wall (9) replacing Justin Miller (’08 – 8.2)
Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings Pitched – Elisaul Pimentel (18.1) from 5/22-6/8
9/8 – Great Lakes @ Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Allen Webster (12-9, 2.88) vs. RHP Matt Lollis (5-2, 1.66)
9/9 – Fort Wayne @ Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Jose De Paula (8-5, 3.27) vs. LHP Greg Wilborn (4-2, 3.26)
9/10 – Fort Wayne @ Great Lakes*, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Jerry Sullivan (7-4, 4.03) vs. RHP Matt Magill (7-4, 3.28)
Loons starting pitchers stats against Fort Wayne:
Allen Webster – 3.09 ERA, 0-2, 11.2 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 9 SO
Josh Wall – 3.78 ERA, 1-1, 16.2 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 7ER, 9 BB, 13 SO
Matt Magill – 6.23 ERA, 1-0, 13.0 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 9ER, 9 BB, 22 SO
Greg Wilborn and Ryan Christenson have never faced the TinCaps
Five Loons have batting averages against Fort Wayne that are above .300: Brian Cavazos-Galvez (.396), Joe Becker (.333), J.T. Wise (.308), Christian Lara (.306), Nick Buss (.300). Galvez leads the team with three homers against the TinCaps, while four others have hit two.
Reaching 700 wins in his managerial career means one thing to Loons skipper Juan Bustabad, who reached the achievement Tuesday night at Dow Diamond with a 9-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps.
“It means that I’ve been around for awhile,” Busty said jokingly after the game.
Busty may not have anticipated reaching his 700th win in Midland after a below .500 first year as Loons manager.
“The first year was kind of rough because I wasn’t used to the wins and losses (54-85),” he said. ”I’ve always been on the winning side pretty much my entire career. So it was tough. We just never clicked, never got it together, and then the following year (2009), we put a team together that had good chemistry.
“Everybody was on the same page, everybody wanted to win for the team and for the fans, you know it was a great year. And this year, here we are again, with the same chemistry as last year having a lot more fun.”
Following the game, Loons relief pitchers Steve Smith and J.B. Paxson had the honors of dousing Bustabad with Powerade. Soon after that, outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez gave him the celebratory shaving cream towel to the face.
Galvez said the guys were trying to do their part to get Busty his 700th win, and Galvez did his by going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
“We definately knew this win was big for him personally,” Galvez said. ”And for the team for our franchise record, we wanted to get it at home so that we could celebrate a little bit like we did and it feels nice.”
As Galvez said, the 82 wins for the Loons this season sets a new franchise record for most wins in a single season, surpassing the mark set in 2009 of 81-59.
Earlier in the day, Bustabad was voted by his fellow managers around the league as the Midwest League Manager of the Year. After hearing the news at batting practice, Bustabad was very humble and cited all of the others involved in getting the 2010 Loons to the 81-44 record they had before big number 700.
“[It's] all the hard work the team puts together, because without them I really cannot do it. And the staff I have, they’ve been great. Michael Boughton has done a great job with the hitters and Chuck Crim with the pitchers; Zach [Hoffman] with getting the guys healthy on the field. And then Eric [Wood] getting the kids stronger everyday, so they can go through the grind everyday, all 140 games. And Neil [Rosenbloom] our video guy too has been very helpful.”
Bustabad is enjoying the success of his team and hopes to continue his winning ways.
“Hopefully I can get to 1,000,” he said. ”And hopefully before that, I’ll be in the big leagues. That’s my goal, to be a big league manager or a big league coach. That’s always been my dream and that’s why I work hard every day and hopefully the day will come.”
Bustabad’s next adventure begins on Wednesday, September 8, for the start of the Midwest League postseason. If the playoffs were today, the Loons would play the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Busty left Tuesday night, with a stunning record of 700-549.
Congrats to our favorite Loons skipper!