Lake County Captains deflate West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-2
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. – The Lake County Captains (13-29) deflated the sails of the West Michigan Whitecaps (24-18) in a 5-2 win May 17.
Both squads went scoreless through the first two innings until the Captains struck first. Centerfielder Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk and reached third on a single by shortstop Paul Hendrix. With one out, designated Anthony Santander singled to right to plate Frazier, giving the Captains the early 1-0 lead.
The Whitecaps responded quickly in their share of the third with two outs. Catcher Tim Remes singled on a fly ball and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Centerfielder Tyler Gibsonand second baseman Javier Betancourt laced a pair of back-to-back singles to score two, swapping the lead in the Whitecaps’ favor.
Kime and Crawford settled in to avoid any further damage. Crawford lasted five innings, surrendering one earned run on four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, Kime also tossed five innings of work, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
Kime was relieved by lefty Luis Lugo (1-4, 5.40), who crafted his most impressive outing of the season. Through four innings of piggyback relief, Lugo yielded just one hit, one walk, and fanned five.
Joe Mantiply (2-1, 1.57) worked two innings in relief of Crawford. After a scoreless seventh, Mantiply’s numbers took a blow, thanks to the bat of Captains’ third baseman Grant Fink. Hendrix led off the eighth with a single and catcherEric Haase and Santander each drew a walk. That ended the appearance for Mantiply, though it didn’t close the book. Cue Fink, who hit his second grand slam of the season off of reliever Zac Reininger (0-0, 3.00).
That was all Lugo needed as he cruised through the final two innings, preserving the Captains with the 5-2 win.
Next up, the Captains and Whitecaps are scheduled to conclude the three-game series on May 18 as Lake County looks to Jordan Milbrath (1-3, 2.13) to counter West Michigan righty Buck Farmer (4-3, 2.50).
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.