The Great Lakes Loons battled back from a 4-3 deficit, scoring 2-runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to even the 4-game series at 1-game apiece with a 5-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Loons catcher Connor Wong (5) led off the inning with his second home run of the game (fifth of the season) to tie the game at 4-runs apiece, before left fielder Saige Jenco's RBI-triple drove in second baseman Moises Perez to give the Loons a 5-4 lead it would never relinquish.
The Dragons had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Dayton third baseman Taylor Sparks roped a 2-RBI double off Loons starter Leo Crawford.
Great Lakes answered in the bottom half of the second when Wong (4) hit the first of his 2-home run's to get to within 1-run (2-1) of the Dragons after 2-innings.
Sparks (4) then jumped on Crawford with his fourth home run of the season, a 2-run shot, to extend the Dayton lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning.
Loons center fielder Jeren Kendall (2) drove in Jenco (who reached on a 1-out single) with a 2-run home run, his second of the season to tie the game at 3-runs apiece in the bottom of the third inning.
The Dragons would get to Crawford with a triple, followed by an RBI-single in the top of the fourth inning, pulling ahead with a 4-3 lead midway through four innings.
Crawford (4.71 ERA) lasted one more inning before being replaced by Great Lakes reliever Jeremiah Muhammad after giving up 4-runs on 4-hits and 5-walks, while striking out 4-batters through 5-innings.
Muhammad (1-1, 2.45 ERA) was light's out, earning his first win of the season, allowing just a hit and a walk, while striking out an incredible 8-batters through just 3-innings of relief. All but one of Muhammad's 9-out's came by way of strikeout in his three innings of work tonight.
Loons closer Dan Jagiello (S,3) put down the Dragons 1-2-3 in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
Wong finished 3 for 4 with 2-RBI's to lead the Loons' offense tonight, while Jenco went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Kendall's home run and Perez' single accounted for the 2 other Great Lakes hits tonight.
The Loons and Dragons will be back at it for game 3 of this 4-game series at 2:05 pm tomorrow afternoon at Dow Diamond.