South Bend, Ind. – The South Bend Cubs scored three runs in the first inning off right-handed starter Imani Abdullah, and swept the Great Lakes Loons in a four-game series with a 4-1 win on Tuesday night at Four Winds Field.
The Loons (18-26; 47-67) have lost seven in a row to South Bend (30-15; 71-43), who owns the best record in the Midwest League. The Chicago Cubs’ Midwest League affiliate owns a 10-4 edge in the season series against Great Lakes.
Tuesday night’s game concludes a stretch of eight games in 11 days played between the two teams. In that span, South Bend’s starting pitching allowed four earned runs over 46.2 innings, an ERA of 0.77.
Designated hitter Tyler Alamo drove in three runs to lead the South Bend offensive attack. After lefty Alberto Mineo singled in a run off Abdullah (L, 2-4) in the first inning, Alamo, a righty, drove in two on a single to left to make the score 3-0 in the first inning. The first three batters reached for South Bend in the bottom of the first inning.
Left-hander Ryan Kellogg (W, 6-7) shut down the Loons over five innings and allowed one run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The Loons lone run of the game scored on a sacrifice fly by lefty Luke Raley, who posted a three-hit night, in the fourth inning.
The Loons have not won a game against a lefty starter since July 9. Great Lakes placed two runners aboard in the top of the ninth inning and inserted righty Omar Estevez as a pinch hitter. South Bend called righty Jared Cheek (S, 2) out of the bullpen and Cheek popped Estevez up to end the ballgame.
Following a league-wide off day on Wednesday, the Loons welcome the Lake County Captains to Dow Diamond for a four-game series that begins Thursday, August 11 at 7:05 p.m. The Loons took two-of-three from Lake County in a recent series at Dow Diamond August 3-5. Coverage starts at 6:35 p.m. on ESPN 100.9-FM.
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