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Captains come out swinging to take down West Michigan

Lake County pulls away from White Caps 8-4 with strong 8th inning

Captains come out swinging to take down West Michigan
July 7, 2013
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EASTLAKE, OH - After snapping their six game winning streak with a loss Saturday night, the Captains captured a win on Sunday taking down The Whitecaps, 8-4.

Starting off with a slow first three and a half innings, the Captains scored two runs to take and early lead over the Whitecaps, but West Michigan didn’t allow that lead to hold for long, scoring two to tie up the game in the top of the fifth. 

Lake County’s first two runs were scored by Joe Sever and Eric Haase, while West Michigan’s came from David Gonzalez and Curt Powell

The Captains wouldn’t let The Whitecaps keep the game tied up for long, coming back in the bottom of the fifth to score Jeremy Lucas on a single from Dorssys Paulino, taking a 3-2 lead over The Whitecaps. Logan Vick followed with another single, scoring Yhoxian Medina and making it a 4-2 lead. 

The third and fourth run knocked out West Michigan starter Jake Thompson, who pitched four and a third innings, allowing five hits, four runs, three walks and five strike outs. 

Lake County starter Robbie Aviles pitched five complete innings, allowing only two runs, but had six hits and only one strike out. 

The sixth inning also proved to be a good inning for the Captains with home run to left field from Erik Gonzalez, taking the lead even further to 5-2. 

But the top of the seventh was a little bit tough for Lake County, allowing the Whitecaps to score two more runs and cut the lead to 5-4. Another run from Gonzalez and a run from Danry Vazquez. 

The Captains weren’t about to let the Whitecaps have Sunday’s victory though, and they came back swinging in the eighth inning to prove it. Runs scored by Haase, Anthony Santander and Lucas gave the 8-4 advantage to the Captains. 

“ We had some timely hitting,” said manager Scooter Tucker. “It was some fortunate hitting, we had some balls that fell and some balls that creeped through the infield.”

The strong eighth inning, and some timely hits were all it took for the Captains to capture another victory and bring them to 12-6 on the season. 

The home series against the Whitecaps continues Monday night at 7pm at Classic Park.

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