MIDLAND, MI- The Great Lakes Loons (23-14, 50-57) hit two home runs in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead and added on throughout the game against the Lake County Captains (17-19, 40-63) on Monday night. The final score was 9-0 at Dow Diamond.
The Captains gave the ball to right-hander Luis Dejesus to try and win the eleventh series of the year. The Dodgers #9 prospect and lefty Tom Windle started for the Loons.
Shortstop Corey Seager, the Dodgers #2 prospect, hit his tenth home run and second in as many days to start the scoring. After a single, first baseman Tyler Ogle launched his eleventh homer of the year, a two-run shot to center field. After one inning, the Loons led 3-0.
In the second inning, Great Lakes used a walk and two singles to load the bases with one out. Dejesus struck out a batter before leaving a mistake over the plate for Seager to demolish. Seager cleared the bases with a grand slam, his second home run of the game.
Dejesus only pitched three innings while taking his eleventh loss this year. He gave up seven runs on six runs with two walks and five strikeouts. With the 3 home runs allowed tonight, Dejesus has allowed 21 homers this year (leads the organization). Felix Sterling entered for the fourth inning.
On the home side, Windle shut down the Captains with five one-hit frames to earn his third win. He walked one batter and struck out seven batters. He made way for Rob Rogers to begin the sixth.
Sterling threw three scoreless innings for the Captains with two hits and one walk allowed. In Sterling’s last 11 games, he has a line of 17.2 IP, 16 H, 3 R/ER, 9 BB, 15 SO, 1.56 ERA.
The Loons scratched two more runs across in the seventh off of reliever Cody Penny. Ogle doubled home designated hitter Aaron Miller, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Following a groundout and a walk, catcher Webster Rivas singled home his first Loons RBI. The Loons had a 9-0 lead after seven innings.
Penny allowed two runs on four hits in two innings.
The Great Lakes bullpen was just as great with Rogers and Arismendy Ozoria combining for four innings of three hit ball.
On the night, Lake County only managed four hits (all singles).
The Captains will be back in action on Tuesday Night in Fort Wayne to take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the first game of a four game home-and-home series. The Captains will start RHP Jake Sisco (4-8, 3.97) and Fort Wayne will counter with RHP Walker Wieckel (3-5, 5.27). First Pitch is at 7:05 PM from Parkview Field.