Captains sweep twinbill from Cougars
EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (8-16) came from behind late in both games to sweep the doubleheader from the Kane County Cougars (8-13) by a final score of 7-6 in the first game. Lake County won the nightcap 4-2.
In game one, Lake County sent right-hander Luis Dejesus (0-2, 5.85 ERA) to the mound for the first game of the doubleheader to face Felix Pena (0-0, 2.60 ERA) for the Cougars.
Kane County scored the first run playing small-ball. Left fielder Pin-Chien Chen led off with a walk. Chen stole second and moved to third on a bunt single to first base. First baseman Dan Vogelbach grounded out to plate Chen.
LeVon Washington doubled in the bottom of the first. He moved to third on a sacrifice fly and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at one.
The Cougars used two homeruns to take a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning. Vogelbach hit his third homerun of the year, a solo shot to right field. Following a walk, first baseman Rock Shoulders hit a two-run homerun off the scoreboard in center field. Dejesus loaded the bases with no outs before centerfielder Oliver Zapata hit into a double play, scoring a run.
Dejesus came out of the game after four innings. He gave up five runs on four hits while allowing a season high five walks. Francisco Valera came in to pitch the fifth inning.
Right fielder Bijan Rademacher gave Kane County a 6-1 lead with a groundout to third base in the sixth inning.
Right fielder Logan Vick drove Washington with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, bringing the Captains to a 6-2 deficit.
Valera pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits. Jack Wagoner came on for the seventh inning.
Cougars’ starter Pena pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three. Ian Dickson came into start the seventh.
The Captains scored five in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk-off with the win. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo hit a three-run homerun to the bleachers in left field, bringing the Captains to 6-5. Washington tripled for his third hit of the game, to put the tying run at third with two outs.
The Cougars made the second move to the bullpen in the inning, bringing in lefty Matt Iannazzo. Vick doubled home Washington to tie the game at six. Catcher Jeremy Lucas singled to center field with the bases loaded to walk off in game one.
Dickson surrendered four runs on two hits in two thirds of an inning. Iannazzo took the loss, giving up the winning run on two hits and two walks.
Wagoner picked up his second win of the year, pitching a perfect seventh inning in relief.
Washington led the Captains with three hits in the first game, accounting for a third of the total hits.
First baseman Joe Sever gave Lake County an early 1-0 lead with a RBI single to right field.
Kane County tied the game with some help from the Captains in the third inning. Catcher Chadd Krist coaxed a one-out walk. Centerfielder Oliver Zapata popped up a fly ball behind third base. The left fielder, third baseman and shortstop came together but the ball dropped in the middle. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino threw the ball past the second baseman allowing Krist to score.
Designated hitter Dan Vogelbach hammered a leadoff homerun off the fieldhouse in right field, his second homer of the doubleheader. Kane County led 2-1 in the fourth inning.
Morel came out of the game after three and a third innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits. He walked three and struck out five. Reliever Josh Martin came in and finished the last two batters.
Lake County scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Second baseman Robel Garcia doubled to center field. A groundout moved Garcia to third base. Paulino hit a grounder to third baseman Jeimer Candelario. Candelario threw home to get Garcia at the dish, but Garcia knocked the ball out of Krist’s hands, scoring the run. Sever struck again with a two-run double to the right field corner, giving the Captains a 4-2 lead.
Heesch was relieved following the fifth inning by reliever Stephen Perakslis. Heesch took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Perakslis gave up one hit in his one inning of work.
Louis Head came in and retired the Cougars in order for his first save of the year.
Martin picked up the win, allowing one walk in two and two thirds innings of work.
Lake County outhit Kane County 7-2 in the nightcap. Sever had a 3-3 game with two RBI’s while Garcia added two hits of his own. Right fielder Anthony Santander had one hit in his Captains debut.
Manager Scooter Tucker spoke on the doubleheader dramatics, “Winning two games in a row is great but winning two in one day, it is really great for the team. To come from behind in both games, it is definitely a confidence builder for this team.”
Lake County will look to sweep the three game series on Tuesday night. LHP Ryan Merritt (1-2, 3.05 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Lake County and will oppose RHP Lendy Castillo (0-1, 6.60 ERA). First pitch from Classic Park is scheduled for 6:30 PM.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.