Captains one step closer to playoffs with 11-4 win
EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (37-29, 68-67) scored four runs in the second inning and five runs in the fifth inning to open up a 10 run lead as they defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-26, 78-58) by a final score of 11-4 on Thursday night. With the Captains win, their magic number for clinching a playoff spot is down to two.
Lake County scored four runs in the second inning. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin led off the inning with a base on balls. Left fielder Bryson Myles followed with a single. Catcher Alex Lavisky brought Sabourin home with a RBI double to deep center field. Designated hitter Jake Lowery hit his seventh homerun of the year, a three-run bomb to deep right-center field.
The Captains added one run in the third inning. Lavisky struck again with his second RBI double of the night, plating Myles from second base. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo singled to center field, but Lavisky was thrown out at the dish.
A five spot in the fifth blew the game open for Lake County. Right fielder Jordan Smith walked to lead off the inning. Myles singled with one out in the frame. Hot Rods third baseman Ben Kline let a groundball go right through his legs, allowing Lavisky to reach and Smith to score. Myles and Lavisky pulled off a double steal to move up ninety feet. A wild pitch by Bowling Green starter Sean Bierman (1-1, 8.68) allowed Myles to score. Lowery walked as Bierman was taken out of the game.
Bierman left the game after 4.1 innings. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits. He walked three and struck out six. Left-hander Shay Crawford entered the game and gave up a RBI single to Castillo. Center fielder Zach MacPhee singled home Lowery. Second baseman Jose Ramirez scored Castillo with a sacrifice fly to right field. Lake County led 10-0 after five innings.
Captains’ starter Shawn Morimando (7-6, 3.59) threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits to get the win. He walked three and struck out a season high six. Joshua Nervis came in for the sixth inning.
Bowling Green got a run in the sixth inning. Centerfielder Taylor Motter drove in his 37th RBI of the year with a single to left field.
Lowery plated his fourth run of the game, 27th of the year with a RBI single in the sixth. The score was 11-1 after six innings.
Nervis allowed one run in his one inning of work. Reliever Francisco Valera came into throw in the seventh. Valera pitched a perfect inning of work.
Right-hander Felix Sterling appeared for the first time in Lake County since being sent down on July 28th. Second baseman Juniel Querecuto welcomed Sterling back with a double down the right field line. A wild pitch on a strikeout moved the runner to third. First baseman Jeff Malm walked to put runners at the corners. Center fielder Kes Carter, who replaced Motter in the seventh inning, scored Querecuto with a sacrifice fly to center field. Designated hitter Cameron Seitzer doubled home Malm for the third run of the night. Seitzer scored when catcher Charlie Valerio, who entered in the seventh for Lavisky, threw the dropped third strike over the first baseman’s head.
Right-hander Nick Sawyer made his Hot Rods debut with a scoreless eighth inning, allowing just one hit. Crawford finished with allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in 2.2 innings.
Manuel Carmona pitched a scoreless ninth to end the ballgame.
Manager Dave Wallace on the offensive outburst as of late, “I am very pleased with the at-bats. They are having good at-bats, laying off the right pitches and playing overall good team baseball.”
The Captains had 14 base hits on the night, with Myles accounting for four of them. Lavisky added three of his own. Hitters 5-9 in the lineup accounted for nine of eleven hits. Lowery‘s two hits plated four runs.
The Captains will end the Bowling Green series and the home schedule of the regular season on Friday night. Lake County will send LHP Danny Jimenez (2-4, 5.36) to the mound to face RHP Parker Markel (11-5, 3.59) for Bowling Green. 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.