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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
Want to see which Loons games FTN considered the best from the 2010 season? Continue the journey here.
Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series (Best of 3):
9/11 – Great Lakes @ Lake County, 6:30 p.m.
RHP Josh Wall (9-7, 4.24) vs. LHP Giovanni Soto (3-2, 3.77)
9/12 – Lake County @ Great Lakes, 6:05 p.m.
RHP Allen Webster (12-9, 2.88) vs. RHP Brett Brach (5-8, 3.46)
9/13 – Lake County @ Great Lakes*, 7:05 p.m.
LHP Greg Wilborn (4-2, 3.26) vs. LHP Vidal Nuno (6-8, 4.86)
Loons starting pitchers stats against Lake County:
Allen Webster – 0.77 ERA, 5-1, 35.0 IP, 23 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 29 SO
Matt Magill – 2.74 ERA, 1-0-1, 23.0 IP, 16 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 8 BB, 31 SO
Josh Wall – 3.00 ERA, 0-1, 12.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 15 SO
Greg Wilborn – 5.40 ERA, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO
Ryan Christenson has never faced the TinCaps
Five Loons have batting averages against Lake County that are above .300: OF Nick Buss (.385), SS Christian Lara (.359), C J.T. Wise (.354), 2B Joe Becker (.333), OF Angelo Songco (.306). Wise leads the team with four home runs against the Captains, while four others have hit two.
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.