The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Low-A Minor League affiliate Great Lakes Loons won the 2016 Midwest League championship by edging Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners affiliate), 9-8, in Game 4 at Dow Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
Clinton took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, getting to Yadier Alvarez on three hits, including a solo home run. Great Lakes tied in the bottom half of the inning, and took a 4-3 lead in the fourth.
The LumberKings tied the game in the fifth and jumped ahead in the sixth, behind a three-run inning.
The Loons capitalized on four walks in the bottom of the sixth to score five runs to take a lead they never relinquished.
Logan Landon hit a go-ahead, two-run double. Dean Kremer allowed one hit and issued one walk over 2.2 innings to earn the save.
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The championship caps off an improbable season and postseason run for the Loons, who were in seventh place in their division during the first half of 2016 with a 29-41 record. Great Lakes went 36-34 during the second half.
They earned a playoff berth with a walk-off win in the ninth inning on the second-to-last day of the regular season. Great Lakes staved off elimination by winning Game 3 on the road during the first and second rounds.
They dropped Game 1 to Clinton before storming back with three straight victories. Great Lakes went 7-3 during postseason play. The championship is the Loons’ first in their 10-year existence, all of which has been spent as the Dodgers’ affiliate.