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Game Recaps 5/12: Wright dominates in Lake County loss

Game Recaps 5/12: Wright dominates in Lake County loss
May 13, 2011
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Steven Wright (Photo: Tony Lastoria)
Steven Wright has long toiled in the Indians farm system. Wright was selected in the 2nd Round of the 2006 draft by the Indians, and slowly worked his way up to triple A Columbus. Once there, Wright began the journey so many pitchers take when they just aren't good enough. The only difference is that Wright decided to change tacks. Wright gave Tom Candiotti a call, and both began working on a knuckleball to add to Wright's repertoire.

Wright has more-or-less dominated low A batters. While he hasn't had a decision in five starts, his ERA is a stellar 2.10. He's yet to give up more than two earned runs in a game, and the knuckleball has turned into a strikeout pitch.

Wright is currently throwing the knuckleball about 60% of the time. When he's not throwing the flutterer, he has a solid low-90's fastball to really give hitters trouble. While it's likely that Wright will throw the knuckleball more as he learns it, the fastball could work in a sort of bizzaro twist on the change-up. Imagine facing low-90's heat after to 60 MPH floaters go by you for strikes.

Yeah, not fun at all, is it. Here are your recaps:

Dragons Sweep Captains with 3-2 Win

Juan Duran with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning singled in a pair of runs as the Dragons came from behind to defeat the Captains 3-2 on Thursday night.

Lake County took the lead in the first inning when Jesus Aguilar doubled in Argenis Martinez to make it 1-0. It was Aguilar's teams high 26th run batted in.

Anthony Gallas hit his fourth homerun of the season in the second inning; the solo homerun put the Captains up 2-0.

Devin Lohman cut the lead in half in the seventh inning with an RBI single to center as Dayton trailed just 2-1.

Tim Crabbe (2-2) picked up the tossing 3.1 scoreless frames allowing just two hits, striking out two. Drew Hayes worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season. Luis Encarnacion (0-1) suffered the loss allowing three runs on two hits, walking three. Steven Wright had an excellent outing earning a no decision going six scoreless innings on just three hits, striking out a season high nine.

Lake County returns home and begin a three games series with West Michigan at Classic Park at 7:00PM. The Captains will start RHP Mike Goodnight (2-3) against the WhiteCaps LHP Kyle Ryan (2-3). Catch all the action AM1330 WELW or online at captainsbaseball.com.

The Lake County Captains, the 2010 Midwest League Champions and Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, return home for a six-game home stand beginning Friday as the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Ft. Wayne Tincaps make their first appearances at Classic Park this season.

Charlotte takes series finale 10-7

The Charlotte Knights jumped to an eight run lead and won 10-7 over the Clippers on Thursday afternoon at Huntington Park.

Gaby Hernandez earned the win, allowing four earned runs over six innings. The Knights righty did not allow a run in the first four innings. CLippers starter Joe Martinez suffered the loss.

Columbus' bullpen struggles continued as Eric Berger was hit for six runs (five earned) in one frame.

Jared Head was 3-for-5 for the Clippers, while Luis Valbuena and Josh Rodrigez each picked up two RBI.

The Clippers open a four-game series in Indianapolis at 7:15pm Friday. David Huff will start for Columbus.

Five-run Bowie third does in Aeros

The Akron Aeros allowed five runs in the bottom of the third inning and lost game one of a four-game series to the Bowie Baysox 6-2 Thursday at Prince George

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