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Haase, Sever lead Captains past Lugnuts 6-2

Brown's solid pitching helps Lake County to victory

Haase, Sever lead Captains past Lugnuts 6-2
Eric Haase (Photo: Lianna Holub)
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EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains defeated the Lansing Lugnuts 6-2 on Thursday night with a solid start from D.J. Brown and some offensive offerings from Joe Sever and Eric Haase.

Both teams struck immediately in the first inning. The Lugnuts scored as center fielder Dalton Pompey led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch before second baseman Christian Lopes followed with a sacrifice fly to plate the runner.

Center fielder LeVon Washington responded in Lake County's share of the inning with a solo home run deep to right for his first of the season, leveling the score at 1-1.

Lansing starter Ben White (8-8, 4.06) battled through 4.1 innings of work as he relinquished 10 total hits to the Captains and walked one.

The Captains scored another pair in the third inning as catcher Eric Haase lined a single and third baseman Joe Sever doubled to score Haase. Designated hitter Richard Stock also singled to left to push Sever to third and left fielder Cody Ferrell came through with a single to give the Captains the 3-1 advantage.

Three more touched the dish in the Captains' share of the fifth inning as second baseman Yhoxian Medina drew a walk and took second on a wild pitch. Haase and Sever continued their nights with a pair of back-to-back doubles and a two-out wild pitch that allowed Sever to score for the 6-1 lead.

The Lugnuts snagged one more in the form of a home run by catcher Santiago Nessy for his fifth of the year in the seventh off of reliever Anderson Polanco. Brown pitched five innings in which he surrendered one run on four hits and he struck out six.

Polanco remained in the game for 2.2 innings before giving way to Jack Wagoner in the eighth. Wagoner struggled with control as he issued three walks and hit a batter, forcing him to give way to Grant Sides. Sides entered the game in a tough bind with the bases loaded but completed his task as he struck out the one and only batter he faced to end the game, sealing the 6-2 win for the Captains.

Captains' manager Scooter Tucker said he was pleased with most everything he saw from his team on Thursday beyond the first inning.

Tucker noted Sever's successful day, which consisted of two hits, two RBI and two runs scored, despite some recent struggles from the third baseman. "He's been pressing swinging the bat, thinking he's got to get hits all the time, getting away from his strength which is getting hits the other way," Tucker explained.

Tucker also mentioned the importance of completing the season in full, as the team still has four games remaining in the season. "You've got to figure out how to keep your intensity and still play hard," he said. "They're still keeping stats. It still counts and when you go home at the end of the year, you aren't disappointed because your average dropped 10 points or your ERA went up. You have to finish strong."

The Captains hope to finish the final homestand of the season strong on Friday. They'll look to Luis Morel (5-5, 4.93) for the start to counter Lansing righty Javier Avendano (6-6, 3.89).

Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.

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