Captains fall 5-3 to Whitecaps
Rally falls short as Captains lose seventh straight game
The Whitecaps swept the Captains on Monday, making the 5-3 loss the seventh consecutive loss for Lake County. The Captains struggled most of the game, but came back for a fight in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, and scored all three of their runs within those two innings.
The highlights for the Captains during Monday’s loss were third baseman Leonardo Castillo having the first two hits for the Captains. His first hit, a single to center field, broke up the Whitecaps right hander Edgar De La Rosa’s perfect game. Another highlight was right fielder Anthony Santander hitting a homer in the ninth inning, which was his second on the season.
“There were some good things that no one will ever notice, except me,” said manager Scooter Tucker. “De La Rosa pitched a great game.”
De La Rosa did in fact have a great game, statistically perfect until Castillo’s single, and only allowing that hit and another from Castillo before leaving the game. He improved his record to 3-0 with Monday’s win.
Age was also a factor in the West Michigan sweep over Lake County.
With the Captains having a relatively young team, most guys 21 or younger, matching up with an older team is sometimes a struggle. Of the Whitecaps starting nine, six of them were 23 years old or older.
Despite Monday’s loss, Tucker said there are always some positives, even within a seven game losing streak. The 15-32 record is not a reflection of this team either, the focus on individual development is the main goal all of these players work towards.
The Captains continue their six game home stand and try to snap their seven game losing streak with another game on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Classic Park against Bowling Green.