Sunday would be another day, TinCaps manager Michael Collins promised early Saturday evening, and if that was stating the obvious it also turned out to be prophecy.
The 13-spot Great Lakes strapped on the TinCaps in a nine-run thumping Saturday, for instance?
That became a 10-spot on Sunday.
Other than that it was same avalanche, different day for the TinCaps (1-3), who this time imploded in the third and fourth innings in a 10-5 loss before 3,506 fans at Parkview Field. Great Lakes (3-1) followed a four-hit, three-run third with a six-hit, seven-run fourth, chasing TinCaps starter Jimmi Brasoban while roughing up long reliever Tony Rizzotti in the process.
That gave the Loons a 10-0 cushion and that was enough as they tattooed the TinCaps for 12 hits, including five for extra bases.
“You know, you take the third, fourth innings out of there, that’s a great ballgame,” Collins said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t have any answers, we just couldn’t’ stop the bleeding.
“They got on a roll there in the third with three, continued it in the fourth … That’s something we’re gonna have to try to make an adjustment on, try to stop that bleeding, try to minimize it or stop it before it snowballs on us like that.”
For the Loons, Webster Rivas went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Brandon Trinkwon was 1 for 3 and scored two runs and Dillon Moyer had a double, a triple and two RBI as the bottom half of the Loons’ order went 6 for 16, scored five runs and drove in three.
The TinCaps, meanwhile, scored five runs on 12 hits and limited the Loons to two hits after the fourth inning to at least make it interesting. Mallex Smith and Franmill Reyes each had two hits and drove in three runs between them to lead the TinCaps offense.
“Yeah, we battled all game,” said designated hitter Dustin Peterson, who was 1-for-4 with an RBI. “We had some hits, we just didn’t have enough to (generate) enough runs for the day to get the W.”
Just as they did Saturday, the Loons landed the first punch in this one.
A leadoff single in the third by Trinkwon was followed by an RBI triple from Moyer, and before Justin Chibogu swung and missed at strike three for out No. 3, the Loons had sent seven batters to the plate and begun to close the book on Brasoban.
One inning later, they finished the job as Rivas had two hits in the inning, the Loons smoked three doubles and Jacob Scavuzzo was hit by a pitch.
And just like that, Sunday became Saturday all over again, with just a slightly different script.
“Especially after giving up 10 runs there in the third and fourth innings, the offense battled back and swung the bats pretty well,” Collins said.
“We put some goods at-bats together. Just wasn’t quite enough to overcome 10 runs.”