Baker's outing not enough as Captains fall 4-3
Lake County unable to rally against Dayton
EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains fell to the Dayton Dragons 4-3 despite another solid outing from starting pitcher Dylan Baker on Wednesday night.
Baker (7-6, 3.77) received a no-decision as he tossed six scoreless innings in his last outing. Lefty Amir Garrett (1-2, 5.61) received the start for the Dragons.
The Dragons struck first as they scored immediately. Shortstop Zach Vincej singled to center before swiping second. With two out, first baseman Seth Mejias-Brean lined a double to left to score Vincej for the 1-0 lead.
Beyond that, Baker toasted the Dragons' lineup through five innings. The Dragons finally plated one more in the sixth inning as second baseman Sammy Diaz drew a walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by Baker in a pickoff attempt. The play seemed to rattle Baker as he tossed a wild pitch that permitted Diaz to take third before a double play allowed him to score.
Meanwhile, the Captains were stumped until the fifth inning, where they scored two. With one out, first baseman Leo Castillo was plunked by a pitch and second baseman Yhoxian Medina singled to right. Cue center fielder LeVon Washington, who doubled to left to plate both runners.
Baker was replaced with reliever Jimmy Stokes to start the seventh inning, sealing Baker's final line at six innings completed, yielding two runs on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Stokes tossed a scoreless seventh before the Dragons managed one more in the eighth on reliever Grant Sides.
Stokes surrendered a pair of back-to-back singles to start the inning before a sacrifice bunt pushed both runners to score position. With two out, Sides granted a walk to center fielder Beau Amaral to load the bases. Third baseman Tanner Rahier followed with a single to score Diaz, giving Dayton the 3-2 lead.
The ninth bore witness to another Dayton run when right fielder Jon Matthews drew a lead-off walk and stole second and third. Matthews' speed paid off as Diaz sent a sacrifice fly to right to score Matthews to double the Dragons' lead 4-2.
The Captains attempted a comeback in the ninth as Washington singled, but shortstop Dorssys Paulino lined into a double play to eliminate the base runner. As fate would have it, catcher Jeremy Lucas homered to right for his sixth on the season, but the Captains fell short 4-3 as third baseman Joe Sever popped out to end the game.
Next, the Captains turn to Robbie Aviles (4-3, 3.84) to face Dayton righty Drew Cisco (4-7, 3.90). Aviles received the win in his last outing as he went five innings, allowing three runs on four hit, three walks and a strikeout.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.