DAYTON – The Lake County Captains picked u their fourth straight win in Dayton Saturday night with a 7-3 win over the Dragons.
Right-hander Jake Sisco
(2-4, 3.27) received the start for the Captains against Dayton righty Pedro Diaz
(1-5, 6.25). Sisco pitched well enough for a win, in addition to some help from his offense.
The Captains scored first as they plated three in the first inning. Third baseman Erik Gonzalez
led off with a walk and shortstop Dorssys Paulino
reached base on a single to right. Centerfielder Logan Vick
also singled to score Gonzalez before right fielder Anthony Santander
grounded out to score Paulino. With two out, the Captains scored their final run of the inning as Vick came home on a wild pitch, giving Lake County the early 3-0 advantage.
Gonzalez accounted for one more run in the third as he led off with a double and advanced to third on a groundout before Vick sent a sacrifice fly to center to bring Gonzalez home.
The Dragons crept on the board in their half of the fourth inning as right fielder Jeff Gelalich
doubled and designated hitter Jesse Winker
drew a walk. Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean
was plunked by a pitch to load the bases before first baseman Robert Ramirez
also drew a walk to force home Gelalich, putting Dayton down 4-1.
replaced Diaz to start the sixth inning and the Captains greeted Adames with a pair of back-to-back walks. A wild pitch allowed both runners to advance and catcher Eric Haase
hit a sacrifice fly to score first baseman Joe Sever
. Left fielder Jorge Martinez
followed with a single to score Santander, boosting the Captains to the 6-1 lead.
Sisco pitched into the sixth inning, until he was replaced with Felix Sterling
, ending Sisco’s evening with 5.1 innings pitched, allowing one run on four hits, four walks and four strikeouts.
Vick reached base on a force out during the seventh inning and took second on a wild pitch before Sever singled to right to score Vick, adding one more to Lake County’s lead.
DJ Brown entered the game to relieve Sterling, who tossed 1.2 innings of perfect ball. Brown wasn’t as lucky as he surrendered two to the Dragons. With one out, the Dragons laced four straight singles to score one run and a hit batter forced home another. Brown regrouped to strike out the final two batters of the inning, limiting the damage to a 7-3 Captains’ lead.
Brown’s ninth inning was much cleaner as he retired the side in order to preserve the Captains with their fourth-straight win.
Next, the Captains turn to Dylan Baker
(1-4, 4.15) to counter Dayton righty Drew Cisco
(2-3, 3.21) on Sunday afternoon.
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.