Captains fall for 10th straight time
CLINTON, IA - After dropping nine straight games, seven of which were at home, the Lake County Captains looked to change their luck as they hit the road to take on the Clinton LumberKings on Thursday night. The change in venue did not help as the Captains lost their tenth straight game, falling to Clinton by a score of 2-1.
Starting for Lake County was Joe Colon, who had a rough outing in his previous start on Saturday when he surrendered six runs in 2.2 innings of work. This time around Colon was locked in as he provided the Captains with a stellar start allowing one run in six innings, but once again, the bullpen failed to implement damage control.
Lake County jumped on Clinton starter Trevor Miller during the second inning as designated hitter Alex Lavisky led off the inning with a line-drive single to center. Right fielder Bryson Myles laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to advance Lavisky to second, who moved to third on a groundout by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. Lavisky went on to score on a single off the bat of third baseman Leonardo Castillo to give the Captains a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Colon was on cruise control as he sailed through five innings of no-hit baseball. Finally in the sixth, Colon ran into trouble as he surrendered back-to-back singles to center fielder Jamal Austin and catcher Steven Baron. Both runners advanced as first baseman Jharmidy De Jesus drew a walk to load the bases. Right fielder Jabari Blash grounded into a force out that scored Austin, but Colon shifted gears as he got the next two batters to ground out, keeping the score tied at 1-1 to end the inning.
Francisco Valero entered the game in the seventh to replace Colon. Valero was greeted by second baseman Jean Acevedo with a single to left. Another single off the bat of shortstop Anthony Phillips advanced Acevedo to second and after Austin struck out for the second out, Baron joined the singles party with a ground ball into left that scored Acevedo. De Jesus grounded out to end the inning, but the damage was done and the LumberJacks took a 2-1 lead into the eighth.
Right-hander Brett Shankin replaced Miller, who posted a line of seven innings pitched, allowing six hits and one run.
Left fielder Zach MacPhee and shortstop Nick Bartolone drew back-to-back walks, but Shankin dodged any further bullets as MacPhee was caught stealing and center field Luigi Rodriguez and catcher Alex Monsalve each grounded out.
Valera tossed a scoreless eighth for the Captains and Shankin followed suit in the ninth as he shut down the Lake County batters, preserving the LumberJacks’ 2-1 win.
On Friday, righty Kyle Blair will take the bump for the Captains. Blair is coming off the Captains’ roughest outing of the year, during which he relinquished 10 hits and 13 runs in 3.1 innings of work.
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.