Loons pound Cubs for 15 runs in shutout at South Bend

Two rain delays didn’t slow the Great Lakes offense Saturday as the Loons scored 15 times in their shutout of the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field.

Rain delayed the start of the game by 90 minutes, but the Loons were ready to pounce once play began. They scored five runs in the first two innings and were up 9-0 when the rain returned in the top of the 5th inning. After a 42-minute rain delay, Great Lakes picked up where it left off, and by the end scored 15 runs on 20 hits, five walks, and three South Bend errors.

The Loons scored their first 10 runs off Cubs SP Zach Hedges and their last four off infielder David Bote, who pitched the last two innings of the game.

All nine Loons starters collected hits in the game. Third baseman Matt Beaty went 5-for-6 with a double and two RBI. Designated hitter Justin Chigbogu went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, and 3 RBI. First baseman Brian Wolfe went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI, and extended his hitting streak to 17 games (longest in the Midwest League this year).

Loons SP Michael Boyle picked up his first Midwest League win, giving up only two hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked none.

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