• Vargas Sets Franchise Record in Win

    June 30, 2019
    Contact: Brad Tunney
    Vargas Sets Franchise Record in Win
    Miguel Vargas tallies 13 total bases with two home runs, a triple and a double
    FORT WAYNE, IN – The Great Lakes Loons have had the highest scoring offense in the Midwest League for a majority of the season thanks in part to Miguel Vargas. The 19-year-old has been a mainstay at the top of the Loons order for a while now and on Sunday afternoon he made sure he’d be a mainstay in the franchise’s all-time record book while leading the Loons to a 9-3 triumph over Fort Wayne.
    Vargas’ 13 total bases breaks the Loons all-time record previously held by Cody Thomas (2017) and Niko Hulsizer (2019) who each had 12. The Cuban-born third basemen hit a double to lead-off the game, then hit his first homer of the day in the second inning. Vargas’ first multi-HR game of his professional career came to fruition on a three-run blast in the fourth inning and his second triple of the year was secured in the sixth. He went to the plate in the seventh inning needing a single to earn a true cycle but grounded out 5-6-3 on a bang-bang play at first base.
    While Vargas was enjoying a special day on the offensive end, Loons starting pitcher Jose Chacin was having a career day on the mound. Chacin (W, 6-5) tossed a career-high eight innings, becoming the first Loons pitcher to do so this season. The 22-year-old Venezuelan allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while totaling 98 pitches – 67 strikes.
    Fort Wayne struggled to pitch all day and ultimately threw a position player (INF Lee Solomon) in the ninth inning. Angel Acevedo (L, 0-7) started for the TinCaps and ceded seven runs on seven hits in three innings.
    After being swept in a four-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods to begin the road trip, the Loons have now won two in a row against Fort Wayne and will go for a series sweep on Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT.
    July 2: Two-Fer Tuesday
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    July 6: Field of the Dreams Night feat. Dwier Brown appearance
    July 17: Grand Slam Game
    July 18: Christmas in July
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    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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