Captains trounced by Lugnuts, 10-0
EASTLAKE, OH- The Lansing Lugnuts (29-25, 76-47) took an early 4-0 lead after the first inning and added to it while the pitching staff two-hit the Lake County Captains (30-25, 61-63) for a 10-0 win on Monday night. With the loss, Lake County snapped a three game winning streak.
Lansing put up a four spot in the top of the first inning with the help of a few errors. Center fielder Nick Baligod singled to begin the game and then third baseman Gustavo Pierre reached on an error by third baseman Leonardo Castillo. Right fielder Chris Hawkins laid down a bunt to advance the runners but when Captains’ starter Shawn Morimando fielded the bunt he threw the ball down the right field line, allowing all three runs to score. Hawkins was credited with a single and came home on the three base error.
The damage in the inning was not over as left fielder Michael Crouse singled on a ground ball to first base and a Morimando wild pitch moved Crouse up to second base. Following a strikeout, second baseman Chris Peters lined a RBI double to left-center field, plating Crouse.
The Lugnuts opened the lead up to 7-0 in the fourth inning. After two outs, catcher Aaron Munoz and Baligod coaxed back-to-back walks off of Morimando before Pierre launched a three run homer to left field, his fifth bomb of the year.
Morimando left the game after three and two thirds innings. He allowed a season high seven runs (four earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out six. Louis Head came in and retired the last batter in the inning.
“Shawn has been throwing great as of late, they hit balls hard tonight. The two-out walks killed him. He didn’t lose his composure and he handled it well mentally,” said manager Dave Wallace of Morimando’s outing.
Sanchez threw four innings for Lansing and allowed one hit for the tenth time this year. He walked three and struck out three. Right hander Kramer Champlin came in for the fifth inning.
In the fifth inning designated hitter Kevin Patterson hit his sixteenth home run of the year, a solo shot to right field. Lansing had an 8-0 lead after five innings.
Manuel Carmona entered the game in the ninth inning, replacing Head. Head allowed one run on two hits. He surrendered one walk and struck out four.
Lansing reached double digits for the evening with two runs in the ninth. Hawkins led off with a single. First baseman K.C Hobson plated Hawkins with a RBI double to left-center field. Hobson has 40 doubles and 79 RBI’s on the year. Hobson advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Patterson.
Carmona allowed two runs on two hits in one inning of work. He walked the bases loaded in the ninth.
Ian Kadish pitched a perfect ninth inning for Lansing. Champlin threw four one-hit innings.
Lake County only managed two hits on Monday night after having 14 hits on Sunday afternoon. Left fielder Bryson Myles and Medina had the only hits for the Captains.
Lake County and Lansing will play the final game of the four game series on Tuesday night. LHP Danny Jimenez (1-3, 6.59) will make his fifth start (seventh appearance) of the year for Lake County. RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 2.79) will make his 17th start (25th appearance) of the year for Lansing. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM from Classic Park.
Notes: Second baseman Jose Ramirez left the game in the bottom of the third inning. He was hit in the right knee with a pitch from Lugnuts’ starter Aaron Sanchez. Yhoxian Medina replaced Ramirez for the game at second base.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.