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Loons pummel TinCaps

Brilliant sunshine bathed Parkview Field Saturday afternoon, as the TinCaps and Great Lakes Loons went at it for the third time this infant season.

So maybe it was no surprise that somebody got burned.

On this day it was the TinCaps (1-2) in a shipwreck of a visitors' fifth, when the Loons (2-1) sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on seven hits -- including a two-RBI inside-the-park-home-run by the ninth batter in the Loons' lineup, Jesmuel Valentin.

When the wreckage had finally been cleared away, a carefully-built one-run TinCaps lead had become a six-run bulge for the Loons, who went on to pummel the TinCaps 13-4 in front of a crowd of 3,436.

The Loons raked five TinCaps pitchers for 17 hits, eight of them for extra bases. They sent a total of 22 batters to the plate in the fifth and sixth innings, when they scored a dozen of their runs.

Reliever Michael Johnson got the win for the visitors, pitching three hitless innings and retiring 10 straight batters at one point. Until scoring two runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth, the TinCaps managed just two hits after Ryan Miller's leadoff single in the fourth.

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