Captains muster just one hit in loss
EASTLAKE, OH- The West Michigan Whitecaps (18-15, 54-49) jumped to an early lead as the pitching staff held the Lake County Captains (16-17, 47-55) to one hit in a rain-shortened game on Friday night.
West Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Third baseman Jason King singled to lead off the inning. Designated hitter Pat Leyland moved King to second with a sacrifice bunt. Left fielder Jason Krizan walked and centerfielder Chad Wright walked to load the bases with two outs. Second baseman Brandon Loy lined a single up the middle to score King and Krizan.
Captains’ starter Elvis Araujo left the game after four innings. He allowed two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out one. Reliever Antwonie Hubbard came in the fifth inning.
West Michigan added a run off of Hubbard in the fifth. Shortstop Eugenio Suarez laid down a bunt down the third base line with one out. A passed ball by catcher Jake Lowery moved Suarez to second base. Right fielder Jeff McVaney singled home Suarez with a RBI single to center field.
Louis Head relieved Hubbard to begin the seventh inning. Hubbard gave up one run (unearned) on two hits in two full innings of work. Head allowed one run on five hits in his one inning of work.
Whitecaps’ starter Marcelo Carreno faced the minimum through six innings. He only allowed one hit, a single by centerfielder Zach MacPhee in the third inning. He walked no one and struck out five. Wil Clinard pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up his first save.
Head allowed a leadoff triple to McVaney in the eighth inning. King singled home McVaney for a 4-0 lead. Leyland and Krizan followed with singles to load the bases. With catcher Gabriel Purroy coming to the plate at 9:42 PM, home plate umpire Carlos Martinez called for the tarp as the skies opened up. At 10:06 PM, Martinez called the game as the field was unplayable.
The first pitch was delayed for 49 minutes due to an incoming front but no rain actually fell.
The Dayton Dragons will come to Classic Park for a three game series starting on Saturday night. Lake County will send RHP Cody Anderson (4-5, 3.31) to the mound against RHP Wes Mugarian (0-2, 8.10) for Dayton. First pitch is set for 7:00 PM from Classic Park.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.