Loons Squeeze Out First Win of 2012
MIDLAND, Mich. -- While it was a chilly night at Dow Diamond, Loons' third baseman Jesse Bosnik's bat was red hot. Bosnik did it all in the Great Lakes Loons' (1-4) first victory of the season against the Lake County Captains (3-2) 5-4. One of only two returning players for the Loons, Bosnik went 3-for-3, finishing the game with a two-run homerun, 4 RBI's, a walk, and a stolen base. Bosnik credits his performance to getting good pitches. "I really just got good pitches deep in the count," Bosnik said. "That fast ball up, I took advantage of it. It feels great to get that first win, that's always the toughest. Hopefully we get it rolling after a slow start." Bosnik is one of two returning players from last year's squad. Manager John Shoemaker is glad to have a leader like Bosnik on the team. "It was a great night for Bosnik," Shoemaker said. "He has some experience in this league, he has worked awfully hard last season, and spring training to put good at bats in. He was a big lift, we needed to get a victory." Loon's starting pitcher Arismendy Ozoria pitched into the 5th inning before leaving the game with a blister on finger. Ozoria gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits. Shoemaker will monitor Ozoria's condition over the next few days. "It was a pretty severe blister," Shoemaker said. "The last two pitches he threw, he was pushing the ball. He called the pitching coach out after that. We'll check him out over the next few days to see if he might miss a start." Relief pitcher Juan Noriega replaced Ozoria and picked up the win.Noriega pitched two scoreless innings before leaving the bases loaded for relief pitcher Matt Shelton. Shelton was able close out the inning without giving up a run. Shelton finished his outing recording four outs with six pitches. "I can honestly say that has never happened," Shelton said. "I get a lot of swings early because I'm a sinker baller, but to get four outs in six pitches, is pretty good." Shelton was also pleased with the team earning it's first victory. "Oh man a weight has been lifted off our shoulders," Shelton said. "We got the first win out of the way, and now we can play relaxed, we aren't going to press, it's exciting." Second baseman Jesus Arrendondo continued his hot start to the season. Arrendondo hit two-for-four to keep his season average at .500. Shoemaker believes Arrendondo brings excitement to the line up. "He is swinging the bat well, and brings excitement to us," Shoemaker said. "He is confident, and puts the bat on the ball. He is a good guy to have in your line up." The victory evens series against the Captains at one a piece. Shoemaker would like to continue winning but expects growing pains. "Every win is terrific whether it's the first or the last," Shoemaker said. "The guys have been playing well. We have a young club and I think we are going to have some ups and downs, along with some growing pains. Tonight was a good one, and I'm happy for the win."