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Lake County loses, 7-4

Lake County loses, 7-4
May 20, 2013
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Fort Wayne (25-17) defeated Lake County (15-26) by a final of 7-4 on Monday Night in Eastlake, giving the Captains and the TinCaps a split in their four game series.

Right hander Jake Sisco took the loss for the Captains, but manager Scooter Tucker doesn’t think Sisco’s record reflects his performance. “He pitched well. I thought he commended his fastball a little better tonight,” said Tucker.

“I think without question he’s pitched better than his numbers, or at least his win-loss record,” said Tucker. “ERA is ERA.”

Sisco finished Monday night with a 1-3 record and a 3.60 ERA after starting for the Captains four times this season.

Sisco gave up a run in the first on a line drive single to left, another in the second thanks to a Rodney Daal home run, and another in the fourth on an Alberth Martinez double and a Rodney Dall single.

Lake County got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with three singles by Nellie Rodriguez, Eric Haase and Jorge Martinez, who scored Rodriguez.

The Captains rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. LeVon Washington doubled to lead off the inning, and Erik Gonzalez singled him home. Anthony Santander then hit a single, scoring Gonzalez.

Fort Wayne scored two runs in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Maxx Tissenbaum and Gabriel Quintana single. They scored two more in the top of the eighth on a Martinez triple and a Daal double, ending their scoring at seven.

Nellie Rodriguez plated the final run of the game in the ninth inning, with a single, but they couldn't muster any more scoring.

Another stand-out of Monday’s loss was outfielder LeVon Washington, who played well throughout the entire series against the TinCaps and throughout much of the 2013 season. “He’s taking better care of himself, he’s doing things he needs to do to stay on the field right now,” said Tucker. “He swinging the bat extremely well.”

Washington agrees that he’s progressing and feeling good about this season. 

“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Washington. “I’ve got a lot of motivation.”

Washington’s skills show in his recent performance and statistics. With a .339 average, and going 2-4 on Monday, both doubles, Washington is sure to not let his motivation slack this early in the season. 

Despite splitting this series with the TinCaps, Tucker knows that losses aren’t causing this team to fall apart or slack off with so much of their season ahead of them. “This home stand we’ve played pretty well,” said Tucker. “We played these four games pretty well, but what killed us tonight was that we were not very good on situational playing.”

The Captains have only 15 victories under their belt, but the record is not the only reflection of this team, with personal development and fine tuning each players skills taking a big part of where this season will continue to go. 

After traveling for a three game series this week to Lansing, the Captains will return home to Eastlake for a six game home stand against both West Michigan, followed by Bowling Green. The Captains next game starts off at 7:05pm on Tuesday in Lansing.

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