Kime, Captains shutout Dragons, 5-0
Dace Kime hurled 6.2 scoreless innings of 3-hit baseball, while fanning 9 Dragons.
DAYTON, OH - The Lake County Captains (26-42) defeated the Dayton Dragons (35-31) Friday night at Fifth Third Field by the score of 5-0.
After scoring early and often in the series finale Thursday night against the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Captains once again played from in front after they scored first in the top of the third inning. Shortstop Ivan Castillo got the inning started with a triple to left off of Dragon starter Ismael Guillon (4-1, 3.17). After the one-out triple, right fielder Logan Vick promptly plated Castillo with a ground out giving the Captains an early 1-0 lead.
Lake County continued to add to its lead in the top of the fourth inning. Catcher Eric Haase and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez led off the frame with back-to-back walks. Dorssys Paulino then capitalized by driving in Haase with a RBI double to center off of Guillon. Designated hitter Brian Ruiz then followed Paulino with a two-run single to center that stretched the Captains lead to 4-0.
Unlike his last outing against the Captains, Guillon was unable to give his team a quality start. He exited the game after pitching just four innings, giving up four runs, six hits, three walks, and striking out two. Guillon was replaced by reliever Dan Langfield.
Even though Guillon had exited the game, Lake County continued to increase its lead in the top of the sixth inning off of Langfield. After Rodriguez worked his second walk of the game, Ruiz came through once again with a RBI double to left that drove in Rodriguez from first. The double by Ruiz was his sixth of the season, and it gave the Captains a 5-0 advantage.
Captain starter Dace Kime (1-9, 5.48), who struggled in his last outing against the Dragons, was superb Friday night. Seeking his first win of the season, Kime pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, gave up only three hits, walked one, and struck out a career high nine Dragon hitters. Kime's night ended with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Captains manager Mark Budzinski went to his bullpen for reliever Justin Brantley.
After Brantley pitched one and a third scoreless innings, Trevor Frank pitched a scoreless ninth inning to complete the 5-0 win for the Captains.
As a result, Kime not only picked up his first win of the season, but it was also the first win of his professional career.
The Captains will look to keep their winning streak going Saturday evening when they send Luis Lugo (4-4, 4.56) to the mound, who is coming off a terrific start against the Dragons where he pitched six innings and struck out ten batters. Dayton will counter with Sal Romano (4-5, 3.42). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.