Dayton, Ohio – The Great Lakes Loons finished a seven game road trip on Sunday afternoon with a 5-4 loss to the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field. The Loons finish their week 4-3 heading into a league-wide off-day on Monday.
The Loons (15-19) scored first for the sixth straight game but we’re unable to hold onto a 4-2 lead after the 6th inning.
Omar Estevez singled with one out in the 1st inning and came around to score on an RBI-double from Edwin Rios. Logan Landon then singled home Rios to give the Loons an early 2-0 lead.
Dayton (9-28) answered back in the 2nd inning with an RBI-single by Shane Mardirosian that scored James Vasquez. Vasquez was a menace during the four game series finishing 7-for-13 with eight RBIs and four extra-base hits.
Both teams scored in the 3rd inning and Great Lakes had a two run cushion after the 6th inning following Landon’s second RBI-single of the game.
The comeback started for the Dragons in the 7th inning after Loons reliever Wes Helsabeck gave up back-to-back walks to open the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Brantley Bell to put both runners in scoring position, Shed Long tied the game with a double to left field.
With the game tied, Loons right hander Ivan Vieitez (L, 1-1) entered the game to begin the 8th inning. Tyler Stephenson tripled as the lead-off batter and scored two at-bats later on a Vieitez wild pitch.
Dayton’s Ariel Hernandez (SV, 1) put the Loons down in order in the 9th inning to secure a Dayton victory.
Loons’ starter Dennis Santana, tossed a season-high 96 pitches over the course of five innings allowing two runs (one earned run) on four hits and four walks. Dayton reliever Juan Martinez (W, 3-1) pitched the 7th and 8th innings giving up zero runs on four hits.
The Loons head back to Dow Diamond where they will start a seven game homestand beginning with three games against the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday. First pitch for a Dodgers Route of Champions Night at the ballpark is set for 7:05 p.m. Coverage on ESPN 100.9-FM starts at 6:35 p.m. with the Loons On-Deck Circle powered by Dow Corning.
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