Captains shine in the clutch, win 6-1
COMSTOCK PARK – The Lake County Captains shined in situational hitting on Wednesday as a couple of two-out hits propelled them past the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 6-1 victory.
All-Star Joe Colon (7-8, 3.01) took the bump for the Captains against West Michigan lefty Thomas Collier (6-6, 2.50). Collier dominated the Captains in a complete game effort earlier during the season, but the Lake County offense was ready this time around.
The Captains scored first during their half of the second inning as third baseman Todd Hankins and left fielder Zach MacPhee laced a pair of back-to-back two-out singles. Hankins went on to score as second baseman Jose Ramirez singled to right, giving Lake County the 1-0 lead.
The Captains rolled on through the third inning as they ignited more two-out magic when catcher Alex Monsalve singled. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin doubled deep to center to plate Monsalve and centerfielder Bryson Myles singled to score Sabourin, advancing the lead to 3-0.
That ended the evening for Collier as he was replaced in the top of the fourth with Ramon Lebron, completing Collier’s line at three innings pitched, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks.
Lake County added a run in both the fifth and sixth innings as right fielder Jordan Smith singled and scored on a triple by Monsalve. In the sixth inning, Hankins reached base on a single and stole second and third to score on a single by MacPhee.
Meanwhile, Colon cruised through five innings of scoreless work. He was replaced with Rob Nixon in the sixth, ending Colon’s evening with five hits yet no runs allowed and six strikeouts.
The Whitecaps finally pushed one across the dish in the sixth as first baseman Aaron Westlake doubled and scored on another double by left fielder Jason Krizan, making the score 5-1.
The Captains added one more in the eighth on an error as Ramirez doubled and scored on a passed by and throwing error by Whitecaps catcher Gabriel Purroy.
That was enough for Antwonie Hubbard, who pitched the ninth for the Captains and retired all three batters faced, preserving the Captains with the 6-1 win.
The Captains and Whitecaps continue their series on Thursday as Cody Anderson (4-4, 3.11) starts for Lake County against West Michigan’s Marcelo Carreno (3-5, 3.62).
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.