Captains' streak snapped with 4-1 loss to Clinton Lumberkings
CLINTON, Iowa – The Clinton Lumberkings (3-3) won the second game of a three-game series with the Lake County Captains (4-2) by hitting the visitors for a pair of two-run innings early.
The Lumberkings won the game 4-1 to snap the Captains’ four game winning streak Wednesday.
Lugo worked through the first two innings before he ran into trouble in the third inning. Clinton center fielder Ian Miller laced a two-out triple to center field before catcher Marcus Littlewood coaxed a walk. Second baseman Jack Reinheimer lined a two-out, two-run double to plate both runners. The Lumberkings led 2-0 after three innings.
Lugo struggled in the fourth inning and was removed from the game. He walked the leadoff batter and gave up a two-run homerun to the next batter, third baseman Joseph DeCarlo. Lugo faced three more batters before he was replaced by Kenny Mathews. Mathews loaded the bases before getting a strikeout to end the inning without any further damage.
Lugo was hung with the loss as he gave up four runs in 3.2 innings. He allowed four hits, four walks and he struck out three batters.
Diaz kept the Captains’ offense off balance as he scattered two hits and two walks over his five innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out eight batters throughout the game. Diaz was replaced by Leoncio Munozto start the sixth inning.
Mathews threw 1.1 scoreless innings before making way for former Captains starter Robbie Aviles in the sixth inning. Aviles struck out five batters in three innings of work.
Munoz allowed one run on three hits in two and two thirds innings. Rafael Pineda earned his first save of the year with 1.1 scoreless innings.
The Captains only managed five hits in the game as third baseman Grant Fink led the team with two hits.
Lake County and Clinton are scheduled to conclude the three-game series Thursday. The Captains are set to send opening day starter Dace Kime (0-0, 13.50 ERA) to the mound to take on lefty Eddie Campbell (1-0, 0.00 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.