Lake County drops second in a row, 4-2
MIDLAND, MI- The Great Lakes Loons (26-36, 62-70) took an early 3-0 lead and make it stick in a 4-2 win over the Lake County Captains (34-28, 65-66) on Sunday afternoon at Dow Diamond. Lake County dropped their second straight ballgame. The Captains left nine men on base for a total of 20 in the two games in the series.
For the second straight game, the Loons scored in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Second baseman Jesus Arredondo and designated hitter Joseph Winker reached on back-to-back singles with one out. First baseman O’Koyea Dickson doubled to left field, plating Arredondo for the game’s first run. Left-handed starter Danny Jimenez (2-4, 5.36) balked with right fielder Nick Akins at the plate. Winker scored and Dickson moved to third base. Akins scored Dickson with a RBI single to center field.
Lake County scored in the third inning to cut the lead to 3-1. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo doubled to left field, the Captains’ first extra-base hit since Friday night. A groundout moved Castillo to third base and shortstop Francisco Lindor plated him with a RBI single to center field. Lindor has 42 RBI’s on the year.
Great Lakes added a run in the fourth inning. Catcher Tyler Ogle hit his second homerun of the year, a solo shot to left field. The Loons held a 4-1 lead after four innings.
Loons’ right hander Duke von Schamann (4-4, 3.22) threw five strong innings to start the game. He allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out seven Captains and threw two wild pitches. Amalio Diaz relieved von Schamann for the sixth inning.
Lake County loaded the bases in the seventh inning and plated one run. Centerfielder Zach MacPhee led off with a walk. Castillo and second baseman Jose Ramirez followed with singles to put Captains everywhere with no outs. Lindor grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, with MacPhee scoring. Reliever Daniel Coulombe entered the game with a runner at third. Jordan Smith grounded out to first to end the threat.
Diaz allowed one run on three hits in one and one third innings for Great Lakes. Coulombe gave up one walk in 1.2 innings of work.
Jimenez left the game after six innings, taking the loss. He surrendered four runs on five hits. Danny walked one, struck out three and hit a batter. Cody Penny took the ball for the seventh inning. Penny closed the game with two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
The Loons and Captains will resume the four game series with game three on Monday night. The Captains will send RHP Mason Radeke (7-6, 3.62) to the mound to face RHP Arismendy Ozoria (8-8, 4.51) for Great Lakes. First pitch from Dow Diamond is scheduled for 7:05 PM.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.