CLINTON – Great Lakes’ pitching and defense couldn’t have been much worse in Wednesday’s loss to Clinton to open the Midwest League championship series.
In Game 2 Thursday, it couldn’t have been much better.
Three Loons pitchers combined to strike out 14 LumberKings while allowing just three hits and one walk in a 4-0 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
In Wednesday’s 16-6 loss, the Loons walked nine batters, threw six wild pitches and committed four errors to drop the opener of the series, which now shifts to Midland, Michigan for the final three games.
Walker Buehler started and allowed two hits and struck out four in three innings before giving way to Leo Crawford, who struck out eight and allowed just one hit and one walk in five innings to earn the win. Dean Kremer closed things out with two strike outs in a perfect ninth.
Omar Estevez hit a two-run single in the top of the third to open the scoring off Clinton starter Pablo Lopez (0-2), who allowed five hits and two runs in five innings while striking out five in the loss.
The LumberKings gave up two more runs in the seventh on an error and a Logan Landon RBI single.
Chris Mariscal, Dalton Kelly and Conner Hale had hits for Clinton.