Captains break losing streak with 9-6 win
9-6 triumph over TinCaps stops six-game skid
FORT WAYNE – The Lake County Captains overcame a six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 9-6 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Right-hander Mitch Brown (0-1, 15.43) made his second start of the season to counter Fort Wayne righty and Ohio native Justin Hancock (1-0, 3.86). Brown looked to rebound from an ugly first start in which he couldn’t escape the first inning.
Brown wasn’t lights out as he relinquished a pair of home runs during this start, but he did manage to prevent the TinCaps from running away with the score.
The TinCaps struck first in their half of the second inning as first baseman Luis Tejada was plunked with a two-out pitch. Tejada stole second base, but scored as right fielder Brian Adams went yard for his second home run of the season.
The Captains responded immediately in the top of the third as left fielder Jorge Martinez laced his first double of the day into center field and scored on a one-out triple by right fielder Logan Vick. With two out, Vick scored on a wild pitch from Hancock, evening the score at 2-2.
Two more runs crossed the dish for Fort Wayne in the fourth inning as left fielder Jeremy Baltz was hit by a pitch to start the inning and advanced to second during a pickoff attempt. With one out, third baseman Gabriel Quintana homered deep to right, advancing the TinCaps to another two-run lead.
Once again, Lake County responded with two more runs. Martinez hit another double to right with one out and advanced to second as center fielder Luigi Rodriguez drew a walk. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Vick drew a walk to load the bases. Cue catcher Eric Haase, who doubled to center to plate two and end the evening for Hancock. Hancock was replaced with Ruben Mejia, who converted the final two outs unscathed.
Fort Wayne rebounded in the fifth as Luis Morel replaced Brown, sealing Brown’s final line at four innings with four runs on two hits (both home runs) and one walk while fanning four.
Morel was greeted by center fielder Alberth Martinez, who laced a triple to center and scored on a one-out single by designated hitter Corey Adamson. Adamson also scored on a double to right by second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum for the 6-4 lead.
The Captains stormed back with four runs in the eighth inning off reliever Leonel Campos. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez started with a single to right and scored on a triple by shortstop Erik Gonzalez. Designated hitter Martin Cervenka drew a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice that allowed third baseman Leonardo Castilloto reach and Rodriguez to score. That ended the short day for Campos as he was pulled for Christopher Nunn. Nunn also received an unfriendly welcome as Martinez hit his third double of the day, scoring two more runs to give the Captains the 8-6 lead.
Michael Peoples entered the game in the eighth to replace Morel and struck out the side before the Captains added one more security run in the ninth as Haase doubled and scored on a double by second baseman Joe Sever.
Peoples ran into some trouble in the ninth, but managed to retire the first two outs before giving way to Nick Pasquale, who converted the final out to preserve the 9-6 victory.
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.