Captains Back On Track
They hit the road for that long drive to the Hawkeye state after their most successful homestand of the year where they played six games against the Beloit Snappers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. They won all 3 games with the Snappers and two out of three against the Timber Rattlers to go 5-1 for the homestand.
After a slight dip in late May, the Captains got back on track. They left home with a 38-19 record (a .667 winning percentage), good for first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. In fact, Lake County has the best record in the league. In all of professional baseball, only the Lake Elsinore Storm - the Padres affiliate in the Advanced A California League - has a better record at 39-19.
The first half of the season ends on Sunday, June 20. In the Midwest League, at the end of each half season the first and second place teams in each division make the playoffs. With a 3 game lead over second place and nemesis Great Lakes as well as a 6.5 game lead over third place Lansing, Lake County is in great shape to make at least the wildcard and make the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons.
During their slump in late May the Captains offense cooled off, but the bats came alive once the calendar turned to June as they scored 35 runs in the first 5 games of the month, all victories. The offense actually started to come alive on May 31 in Great Lakes as the Captains had a 9-0 lead in the third, but the effort got wiped out when the rains came and the game got cancelled. (Normally, minor league games are suspended and picked up at the next meeting. But, the Loons and Captains don