Kane County nips Lake County, 1-0
GENEVA, IL- The Lake County Captains (4-13) opened a three game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and fell victim to a 1-0 loss to the Kane County Cougars (9-8) on Sunday.
The Captains started left-hander Elvis Araujo to face the Cougars. He allowed a single in the first inning to second baseman Daniel Mateo but was able to get an inning ending double play off the bat of third baseman Michael Antonio.
The Cougars had a shot to score a run in the second inning but could not pull through. Designated hitter Jorge Bonifacio reaches on a two base fielding error by right fielder Bryson Myles. Shortstop Orlando Calixte walked to pull two runners on with no outs. Araujo pitched out of the inning with two groundouts and a strikeout.
Araujo had a jam in the third inning as well. After three singles and a runner caught stealing, Kane County had runners on first and second with only one outs. A ground out by Antonio moved both runners into scoring position with two outs. Araujo walked Bonifacio to load the bases. Calixte struck out swinging to end the threat for the second consecutive inning.
Lake County had a prime opportunity to score a run in the fourth inning. Starter Edwin Carl (1-1, 1.77 ERA) allowed a one out single to shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor stole second and advanced to third as catcher Edul Escobar threw the ball into center field with two outs. Designated hitter Alex Lavisky flew out to center field to end the inning.
The Captains had two runners on and no outs in the sixth inning but could not manufacture a run.
Araujo was replaced by reliever Mason Radeke (1-1, 2.45) in the sixth inning. Araujo pitched five shutout innings, only allowing five hits and three walks. He struck out four.
The game’s only run was allowed in the seventh inning. Radeke allowed left fielder Lane Adams to reach via a one out walk. Mateo laced a double down the right field line to score Adams.
Radeke pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits and one walk. Radeke also struck out two batters. Kyle Blair pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one walk and one strikeout.
Nick Graffeo pitched the final two innings, allowing only one hit and two walks. He picked up his fourth save of the year as the Captains were unable to plate the tying run.
The Captains were 0-4 with runners in scoring position as the Cougars were 0-15 for the game.
The Captains only managed six hits, all singles. Kane County had seven hits, including the only extra base hit.
Game two of the three game series will be Monday with the first pitch scheduled at 1:00pm. The Captains will send RHP Will Roberts (1-1, 1.93) to the mound. He will face off against the Cougars RHP Kellen Moen (0-1, 6.60).
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.