Errors sink Captains 9-7 in series finale
DAYTON, OH- The Lake County Captains (22-25, 45-69) fell victim to a five run fifth inning that included three errors as the Dayton Dragons (26-22, 54-63) held off a late comeback to take the series finale 9-7 on Friday night.
Lake County broke through in the first inning off of Dragons’ starter Nick Travieso. Right fielder Logan Vick hit his fourth homerun of the year to left field.
With an early 1-0 lead, starter Jake Sisco struggled with control in the bottom half of the inning. He hit two batters and walked another to load the bases with one out. The ballgame was tied after a fielding error by second baseman Yhoxian Medina. Medina was activated from the disabled list before the game, after spending 13 days on the DL. Designated hitter Tanner Rahier broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to center field.
In the home half of the third inning, third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean led off with a walk and advanced to second on a balk by Sisco. Right fielder Phillip Ervin doubled home Mejias-Brean for a 3-1 lead.
The Captains rallied back to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning. Vick opened with a walk and moved to third on a double by third baseman Joe Sever. After a strikeout, designated hitter Richard Stock took the lead with one swing of the bat. The three-run shot was his seventh of the year, tied for second on the active team.
The Dragons sent eight men to the plate in the fifth to score five runs with the help of three Captains errors. After two singles to open the inning, Mejias-Brean singled home one run while another scored on a fielding error by Vick. Sever joined the error party to put runners on the corners and no outs. Mejias-Brean scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Rahier. First baseman Daniel Pigott lined a double to right field to score Rahier. Vick’s second error in the inning moved Pigott to third. A sacrifice fly by catcher Brandon Dailey ended Sisco’s night and the scoring.
Sisco was relieved by southpaw Anderson Polanco with two outs in the fifth. Sisco was hung with his tenth loss of the year, with eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in four and two-thirds innings.
Travieso earned his sixth win with four runs given up in six innings. All four runs were scored on homeruns. Abel De Los Santos opened the seventh inning for the Dragons.
Ervin took Polanco deep to open the seventh inning. Ervin hit his first homerun of the season to left field.
The Captains began to rally in the eighth inning with three runs on the board. Sever doubled home two runs that reached on a hit-by-pitch and a walk. De Los Santos exited the game in favor of reliever Joel Bender. Bender gave up an RBI single to Stock to close the scoring at 9-7.
De Los Santos gave up three runs on one hit and two walks in one and one third innings.
James Stokes took over for Polanco in the eighth inning. Polanco allowed one run on one hit in his Captains debut. In two and one third innings, Polanco struck out six batters. Stokes threw a scoreless eighth to finish the game.
Bender worked around a walk in the ninth to close out the game. He earned his second save of the year.
The Captains had seven hits on the night. Stock and Sever each had two hit games for Lake County. Both of them combined for six RBI’s.
Lake County will return to the friendly confines of Classic Park to open a three game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Saturday night. LHP Ryan Merritt (6-9, 3.52) will start for the Captains against LHP Stone Speer (0-0, 1.65) for the Hot Rods. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.