The Great Lakes Loons fell into an early hole (trailing 7-1 through 2-innings) and battled back before coming up a bit short in a 7-5 loss to the Fort Wayne Tincaps (San Diego Padres) in the opening game of its final 3-game road series of the season in front of 4,780 fans at Parkway Field in Fort Wayne, IN tonight.
The Loons had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Gavin Lux roped a 1-out double and advanced to third base on a throwing error, before he was driven in on an RBI-single off the bat of Cristian Santana for a 1-0 Loons lead midway through the first inning.
Fort Wayne answered with 3-runs in the bottom half of the inning, chasing Loons starter Marshall Kasowski after 2/3 of an inning, while adding another 4-runs off reliever Melvin Jimenez in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-1 lead after 2-innings.
Kasowski (1-1, 6.00 ERA) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up 3-runs on 1-hit and 3-walks, with 1-strikeout through 2/3 of an inning, while Jimenez gave up 4-runs on 6-hits and 1-walk, with 2-strikeouts through 2 1/3 innings.
Jared Walker led off the fourth inning with a triple then scored on a Moises Perez ground out to get the Loons to within five runs of the Tincaps (7-2) midway through the fourth inning.
The Loons added another 3-runs in the fifth when Lux led off with another double, then scored on an RBI-single from Santana, as Cody Thomas, Starling Heredia, and Walker followed with back to back to back walks, scoring Santana, before Thomas was driven in by Stevie Berman on an infield ground-out to get the Loons to within 2-runs (7-5) of Fort Wayne midway through the fifth inning.
Loons reliever Ryan Moseley replaced Jimenez, allowing 2-hits and 3-walks, with 2-strikeouts through 1 1/3 innings, while Dan Jagiello replaced him, allowing just 1-hit, while striking out 5-Fort Wayne batters through 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Great Lakes closer Colby Nealy (drafted by the Dodgers in the 2017 MLB draft out of Washington State University) allowed just 2-hits while closing out the ninth inning in his second appearance since joining the Loons from the Dodgers' Arizona Rookie League team, the Ogden Raptors on Aug. 26, earlier this week.
Santana was 3 for 5 with 2-RBI's and 1-run scored to lead the Loons, while Lux went 2 for 5 with 2-runs scored. Berman, Walker, and Jeren Kendall each added 1-hit apiece respectively.
The Loons and Tincaps will get together for game-2 of the series at 7:05 pm tomorrow night.