Captains Sail To Easy 9-2 Victory Over Whitecaps
COMSTOCK PARK – The Lake County Captains sailed to a 9-2 victory on a trio of home runs and a total of 18 hits against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday night.
Left-hander Shawn Morimando (3-2, 3.90) started for the Captains against West Michigan’s Jeff Ferrell (2-3, 5.40).
The Captains struck immediately as second baseman Jose Ramirez led off the game with a home run to right for his first of the season. Shortstop Francisco Lindor followed with a single to center and stole second before scoring on a single by designated hitter Jake Lowery, giving Lake County the early 2-0 lead.
The Whitecaps jumped on the board in the second inning as right fielder Jeff McVaney led off with a double and advanced to third on a groundout. With one out, McVaney scored on a wild pitch, putting the Whitecaps within one.
The Captains turned to the long ball again in the third as right fielder Jordan Smith led off with his fourth home run of the year. Left fielder Bryson Myles singled to center and catcher Alex Lavisky drew a walk, which ended the evening for Ferrell, sealing his line at 2.2 innings pitched, relinquishing four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. Ferrell was replaced with Nicholas Avila, who was greeted by third baseman Leonardo Castillo with a single to score Myles.
Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez drew a walk in the fourth and scored as Smith laced a single to right, advancing the Captains’ lead to 5-1.
Lavisky started his 2-for-2 night as he and Castillo hit a pair of back-to-back singles and scored as centerfielder Zach MacPhee singled up the middle for a two-run fifth inning.
The Whitecaps added another in their half of the fifth as third baseman Edgar Corcino sent his second home run of the season deep over the centerfield wall, bringing the score to 7-2.
Cue Lavisky, who hit his sixth home run of the season to left for the Captains’ eighth run of the game.
Morimando was replaced with Francisco Valera for the sixth inning, ending Morimando’s night with five innings pitched, surrendering two runs on five hits and four walks while fanning three. Valera tossed two flawless innings and the Captains tacked on a final run in the eighth as Lowery and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin hit a pair of singles. Myles reached on an error by Corcino that pushed Lowery to third, allowing him to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lavisky.
Lefty Kyle Petter pitched the eighth and ninth for the Captains, retiring all six batters faced in order, sealing Lake County with the 9-2 win.
Smith is now hitting over .300 for the Captains after a 3-for-6 performance on Friday. Sabourin is at .296, also nearing the .300 mark as he hit 2-for-5.
Next, the Captains head to Bowling Green, Kentucky to face the Hotrods on Saturday. Right-hander Mason Radeke (5-2, 3.20) will go for Lake County against Bowling Green lefty Ryan Carpenter (7-4, 3.74).
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.