MIDLAND, Mich. — Carlos Santana’s walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning capped a big comeback by Great Lakes as the Loons beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-8 Tuesday.

After Rick Taloa struck out to start the 10th, Santana blasted an offering from John Slusarz (1-6) over the right-field wall for his sixth home run.

The Loons also scored four runs in the ninth to force extra innings.

Both teams scored twice in the first inning. The Lumber-Kings’ runs came when Marcus Lemon led off the game with his first homer of the year and Mauro Gomez cracked his 18th of the season.

Lemon’s shot was to right field and Gomez’s to left.

The teams each added a run in the third. Wally Backman led off the frame for Clinton with a double, moved to third on Lemon’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a grounder to center by Jose Vallejo.

Both teams continued to play on even terms in the fifth by scoring a run each.

Clinton’s frame began when Jay Heafner singled to center, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and crossed the plate on Vallejo’s single to center.

Clinton got some breathing room by scoring twice in the sixth.

K.C. Herren led off with a walk and scored on another homer by Gomez, this one to center.

With 19 round-trippers on the season, Gomez is tied for fourth on Clinton’s all-time single-season list. The leader is Dick Kenworthy, who cracked 22 homers in 1961.

Clinton continued to roll after that with solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

Chad Tracy hit a solo homer to left in the eighth. In the ninth, David Paisano doubled to center, went to third on an error and scored when Lemon singled to left.

That set the stage for the Loons’ big bottom of the ninth. Eduardo Perez sparked that rally with a two-run single to right.

Blake Brannon (2-0) earned the win.

The teams conclude their series with games tonight and Thursday. Both games are at 6 p.m. Clinton time.

LOONS 9, LUMBERKINGS 8

CLINTON GREAT LAKES

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 4 1 2 2 Gonzalez ss 4 2 1 0

Vallejo 2b 5 0 2 0 Berezay lf 5 1 3 2

Herren rf 4 1 0 0 Perez 1b 5 0 2 3

Gomez 1b 5 2 2 3 Bell 3b 4 0 2 1

Tracy dh 4 1 2 1Taloa dh 5 1 0 0

Pina c 4 0 0 0 Santana c 5 2 2 1

Paisano cf 4 1 1 0 Van Slyke rf 4 0 0 0

Heafner 3b 3 1 1 0 Mattingly 2b 4 1 1 1

Backman lf 3 1 1 0 Robinson cf 3 2 3 0

Peterson rf 1 0 0 0

Totals 36 8 11 8 Totals 40 9 14 8



Clinton 201 012 011 0 —8

Great Lakes 201 010 004 1 —9

E—Pina, Heafner, Robinson. DP—Clinton 3, Great Lakes 2. LOB—Clinton 3, Great Lakes 5. 2B—Backman, Tracy, Paisano, Robinson. HR—Lemon (1), Gomez 2 (19), Tracy (11), Santana (6). SB—Vallejo (34), Heafner (2), Robinson (17), Berezay (8), Gonzalez (7). CS—Vallejo, Berezay. S—Lemon, Gonzalez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Phillips 6 8 4 3 1 6

Izquierdo 2 1 0 0 0 1

Dennis 2/3 4 4 1 0 2

Slusarz (L,1-6) 2/3 1 1 1 0 1

Great Lakes

Wall 5 7 5 5 1 4

Malone 3 2 2 2 2 2

Brannon (W,2-0) 2 2 1 1 1 2

Wall faced 1 batter in the 6th.

WP—Dennis. Umpires—Hatch, Alper. Time—3:12. Attendance—4,692.