The Great Lakes Loons came within an out of no-hitting the Lansing Lugnuts in the second game of their doubleheader Wednesday. Instead, the Loons settled for a 6-3 win and a doubleheader split.
RHP Chris Powell — son of former major-league pitcher Dennis Powell — pitched the first four innings for the Loons, striking out four batters without allowing a hit or a walk. LHP Wes Helsabeck pitched the last three innings. With one out left to go in the bottom of the 7th inning — minor-league doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games — Helsabeck hit a batter, gave up a single to Josh Almonte (ending the no-hitter), and allowed a three-run homer to J.C. Cardenas before striking out Jake Thomas to end the game.
J.C. Cardenas also hit a three-run homer in the first game of the doubleheader. The Lugnuts won that game 10-1.
The Loons have never pitched a no-hitter. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw — who pitched a no-hitter in 2014 — started the first game in Loons history, in 2007.
Krieger’s hitting streak ends
Lake County Captains second baseman Tyler Krieger went 0-for-2 with a walk in the first game of his team’s doubleheader with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday, ending his hitting streak at 23 games. It is the longest hitting streak in the Midwest League this season.