Lake County snaps 10-game losing streak with 7-0 shutout
CLINTON, IA - After suffering through a 10-game losing streak, the Lake County Captains finally set sail with a 7-0 win over the Clinton LumberJacks on Friday.
All systems were go for the Captains as they were anchored by another quality start, while the offense caught fire and the bullpen found its niche.
Cody Anderson took the hill for the Captains and rebounded nicely from his last start, during which he surrendered three home runs and seven hits in five innings.
On Friday, Anderson was dialed in as he no-hit the LumberJacks through the third inning. Meanwhile, the Captains provided him some early run support, as right fielder Bryson Myles reached base on a throwing error and stole second in the second inning. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo singled on a grounder up the middle to plate Myles, giving Lake County a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain the same until the sixth, when catcher Alex Monsalve and designated hitter Alex Lavisky reached base on back-to-back singles. Monsalve would go on to score to advance the Captains’ lead to two.
Anderson gave up a harmless hit and a walk in the third inning, but sailed through the LumberJacks’ line-up until the sixth when shortstop Anthony Phillips led off with a single and stole second base on Monsalve. Center fielder Jamal Austin sliced a line drive single into center but was picked off during the next at-bat for the first out. Anderson settled down though as he retired the next two batters to remain unscathed through six.
Rob Nixon replaced Anderson in the seventh inning, posting Anderson with a final line of six innings pitched, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Nixon tossed two innings of scoreless ball for the Captains, giving up just a hit and two walks.
The eighth inning was the biggest of the night for the Lake County offense as Stephen Kohlscheen came into to pitch for Clinton. With one out, shortstop Francisco Lindor bunted his way aboard for a single. Monsalve followed suit with another single to right and Lavisky hit his sixth double of the season to score both runners. Not to be outdone, Myles sent a deep line drive to center for a triple that scored Lavisky, giving the Captains three runs in the inning.
Clinton tried to craft their own rally in the home half of the eighth as designated hitter Michael Dowd led off with a walk. Right fielder Alfredo Morales singled to center, but Nixon regained control as he pitched his way out of the inning and prevented any runs from crossing the plate.
The Captains weren’t finished in the ninth as they jumped on Clinton right-hander Josh Corrales. Left fielder Zach MacPhee led off with a single and center fielder Luigi Rodriguez and Lindor drew back-to-back walks. Monsalve continued his offensive tear with his fourth hit of the day, which was a single that scored MacPhee and Rodriguez. Though the Captains tacked on a total of two more insurance runs, Corrales made it through the remainder of the inning unharmed.
The 7-0 lead was more than enough for Kyle Blair, who pitched a three-up-three-down ninth for the Captains, sealing their first win in 10 games.
The Captains will remain in Clinton for the third and final game of the series. Felix Sterling is scheduled to start for the Captains against Clinton’s Ambioris Hidalgo.
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.