Colon slays the Dragons in 4-1 Captains win
EASTLAKE- The Lake County Captains opened a seven game homestand with a 4-1 win over the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday night.
Starter Joe Colon (3-3, 3.32) pitched eight strong innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out three batters.
The Captains scored first in the second inning. Dragons’ starter Daniel Tuttle allowed a leadoff single to designated hitter Jordan Smith. After back to back walks to load the bases, Tuttle was ejected by home plate umpire Ron Teague for arguing balls and strikes. James Allen entered the ballgame and gave up a run on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Jordan Casas.
Tuttle allowed one run on two hits in 1.1 innings. He surrendered two walks and one strikeout.
Dayton tied the ballgame in the sixth inning. Centerfielder Theo Bowe walked and stole second base, and then shortstop Juan Perez walked. Third baseman Junior Arias moved Bowe and Perez into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Bowe later scored on a Ryan Wright groundout.
The Captains answered back in the bottom of the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor singled to right field, but was erased on an Alex Monsalve potential double play ball. Smith moved Monsalve to second with a groundout and a wild pitch allowed Monsalve to go to third. Second baseman Robel Garcia singled home Monsalve for the 2-1 lead.
Reliever Jimmy Moran replaced Allen in the seventh inning. Third baseman Todd Hankins walked, centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez singled on a bunt, and Lindor loaded the bases with a single. Monsalve drove in Hankins with a sacrifice fly to shallow right field, and then Smith doubled home Rodriguez to complete the scoring at 4-1.
Allen (1-1, 3.96) took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in the 4.2 innings following Tuttle. Moran allowed two runs in his one inning of work. Kyle McMyne pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Jeff Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his third save of the year. Rodriguez led the Captains with three hits, and Lindor and Smith followed with two hits each.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.