Posted By Evan Beach, TV5 Sports Reporter - bio | email
SOUTH BEND, IN – Kevin Taylor homered and drovein two runs, and the Great Lakes Loons rallied from down 2-0 to defeat the South Bend Silver Hawks, 4-2, Sunday afternoon.
With seven games remaining in 2013, the Loons' magic number to clinch a playoff berth is five. Any combination of five wins or five losses by the team in third place in the playoff standings – currently Dayton – results in the Loons advancing to the postseason forthe first time since 2010. Dayton helped its cause by defeating Lansing Sunday,5-4, in 11 innings to remain 2 ½ games behind the Loons in the playoff standings. TheLoons trail Bowling Green by 1 ½ games for the top playoff seed after Bowling Green won at home versus Fort Wayne, 2-1.
Taylor drove in the Loons' first two runs of the game. Down 2-0, Taylor connected on a one-out solo home run to right field in the top of the fifth to cut South Bend's advantage to one. In the seventh, after a double by Aaron Miller, Taylor drove an 0-2 pitch up the middle for a run-scoring single to tie the score.
The next inning, against lefty reliever Daniel Gibson, the Loons took the lead. Robbie Garvey snuck a ground ball through the right-side of the infield to score Brandon Trinkwon from second for the go-ahead run.
In the top of the ninth, the Loons added their fourth run of the game on a sacrifice fly to left field by Devin Shines scoring Jeremy Rathjen,who led off the frame with a double.
Loons starter Jonathan Martinez allowed just two runs over six innings to notch a quality start and a no-decision. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. RalstonCash (4-3) recorded the win with 1 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings of relief. OwenJones retired the final four Silver Hawks for his fifth save of the year.
Gibson (0-1) took the loss. BradenShipley, the Diamondbacks' first-round selection this year, allowed two runs (all earned) in seven innings for a no-decision.
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