Captains hammer Lugnuts 13-4
Pestano, Wood rehab outings buoy Lake County
Wednesday’s day game proved to be victorious for the Captains as they dominated the Lugnuts 13-4 in nine innings at Classic Park. After Tuesday night's 7-4 loss to the Lugnuts, the Captains weren’t going to let a quick turnaround to an 11 a.m. game on Wednesday hold them back.
The Captains had a strong start, with the Indians’ Blake Wood and Vinnie Pestano pitching the first two innings while rehabing. Wood and Pestano combined had fewer than 20 pitches, but threw 13 strikes.
“They only had 10 pitches a piece,” said manager Scooter Tucker. “They did a great job of just throwing strikes, getting their work done and yes it set the tone, certainly.”
Vinnie Pestano was on the mound for the first time in about two weeks and said it felt good. He hopes to come back for the Indians on Friday.
“I tried to keep everything as close to my routine as possible,” said Pestano. “I’ve got an off day tomorrow, going to the field, going to get some work in, take care of the arm some more and hopefully back on Friday.”
And that was the tone that would bring the Captains back from their three-game slump and allow them to dominate the Lugnuts.
Scoring six runs in the third inning brought the Captains all the way back from only scoring three the entire game Tuesday. Runs were scored by right fielder Anthony Santander, left fielder Jorge Martinez, second baseman Claudio Bautista, first baseman Leonardo Castillo, third baseman Erik Gonzalez and finally shortstop Dorssys Paulino.
The Captains were able to hold off the Lugnuts in the third and game back strong to score seven more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Those runs came in from Gonzalez, Paulino, catcher Jeremy Lucas, and a grand slam from Bautista to bring designated hitter Eric Haase, Santander and Martinez home.
This grand slam was the first at home for the Captains since April 23, 2011.
Four errors from the Lugnuts didn’t do much to help them against the offensive powerhouse that was the Captains Wednesday afternoon.
The Captains held the Lugnuts scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when designated hitter Kevin Patterson homered to start the inning. Third baseman Gustavo Pierre homered shortly after to add another run.
The Lugnuts added two more runs in the top of the eighth on another homer from Patterson, bringing himself and first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor home. This was the last action we saw from either team.
“We always want to build on positives,” said Tucker. “For me, this game is a lot about confidence and your mental state.” The confidence from today is something Tucker said he hopes will give momentum for Thursday’s game as well.
The 13-23 Captains finish their series against the 13-23 Lugnuts on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. before another home series against Fort Wayne on Friday and Saturday.