• Paulson Powers Loons in Comeback

    May 29, 2019
    Contact: Brad Tunney
    Paulson Powers Loons in Comeback
    Five-run ninth inning pushes Great Lakes back atop division
    BOWLING GREEN, KY – With the Great Lakes Loons trailing 5-3 entering the ninth inning, they were in need of their second come back of the night against the first place Bowling Green Hot Rods. After tying the game in the ninth, Dillon Paulson hit a jimmy jack home run and the Loons stole game two in their current three-game series, 8-5.
    The ninth inning comeback for the Loons (31-19) was the second multi-run deficit they battled back from in the game. Great Lakes trailed 3-0 going to the sixth when a Paulson RBI-groundout and a Niko Hulsizer RBI-double brought them within one run. Miguel Vargas then tied the game on a run-scoring double in the eighth inning. Vargas also tied the game in the ninth before Paulson ultimately won it.
    All of the ninth inning damage for the Loons came against Hots Rods (32-21) reliever Chris Muller, who entered play with a 1.99 ERA and was four-for-four in save opportunities this year. Muller (L, 0-4) gave up five earned runs on five hits and three walks in the ninth inning.
    Jackson came into the game with just four earned runs allowed in his last 39 2/3 innings and while he ceded three runs in six innings on Wednesday night, his ERA still sits at a minuscule 2.23. The right-hander struck out eight Hot Rods while walking two. Guillermo Zuniga (W, 2-0) pitched in relief and allowed two earned runs in two innings.
    Nathan Witt was called upon in the bottom of the ninth to finish the comeback for the Loons. Witt (S, 5) needed just 13 pitches to dispose of Bowling Green in order.
    With the win, the Loons regain the top spot in the Midwest League Eastern Division and hold a half-game lead on the Hot Rods going into the series finale on Thursday. The win also snapped a seven-game win streak for BG and halted a three-game losing streak for GL.
    Game three from Bowling Green Ballpark is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CDT Thursday night.
    Niko Hulsizer: 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB, IBB
    Miguel Vargas: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
    Dillon Paulson: 1-for-4, 3-run HR, 4 RBI, BB
    June 4: Bark in the Park
    June 5: School Kids Day
    June 6: STEM Night
    June 7: Parks & Rec Night feat. appearance by Jim O’Heir (Jerry Gergich)
    June 8: Breast Cancer Awareness Day feat. Pink Out the Park
    June 9: Lou E’s Kids Club Takeover feat. Mascot Madness; Pregame Youth Clinic
    The Great Lakes Loons have been the Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers since the team’s inception in 2007. Dow Diamond serves as the team’s home and also houses the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, and ESPN 100.9-FM. For tickets or information about the Loons, call 989-837-BALL or visit Loons.com.

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