Captains sting Bees 7-3
BURLINGTON – The Lake County Captains’ offense generated some buzz on Sunday as they defeated the Burlington Bees 7-3 with a five-run ninth inning rally.
Luis DeJesus (0-2, 6.30) received the start for the Captains to counter Burlington lefty Brandon Love (1-2, 5.18).
Love tossed a scoreless first inning, but was removed from the game to start the second. He was replaced with Eduard Santos, who went four innings for the Bees.
Both teams scored in the fourth inning as the Captains plated one as centerfielder Logan Vick singled, stole second and reached home on a throwing error.
The Bees topped the Captains in their half as the inning as they collected four runs. Right fielder Kyle Johnson led off with a double to left and second baseman Pedro Toribio reached on a bunt single. Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly and designated hitterWade Hinkle let loose on a home run to right, giving Burlington the 3-1 lead.
That was all the run support the Bees could generate as DeJesus managed six innings of work, allowing just the three runs on six hits while striking out three. DeJesus was replaced with Luis Morel to start the seventh.
Meanwhile, the Bees used a total of six pitchers during the day. After the Captains cut the lead to one run as they scored in the eighth, they rallied for five runs in the ninth on reliever Joseph Krehbiel.
Vick started things again with another double to right and scored as designated hitter Joe Sever singled to center. After first baseman Nellie Rodriguez drew a walk, both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. With two out, right fielder Anthony Santander was plunked by a pitch to load the bases. Second baseman Robel Garcia drew another walk to force home a run, ending the outing for Krehbiel, who was replaced with Jairo Diaz. Cue left fielder LeVon Washington, who unleashed a double to left that emptied the bags, giving the Captains the 7-3 advantage.
That was all Morel needed as he completed the game with three innings pitched, allowing no runs and three hits while striking out three.
Next, the Captains turn to lefty Ryan Merritt (1-2, 4.13) to face Burlington righty Reid Scoggins (0-0, 1.20) in the final game of the series.
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.
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