Late inning rally helps Captains win 5-2
DAYTON- The Lake County Captains (3-2, 34-40) rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning and defeated the Dayton Dragons (0-5, 30-45) in twelve innings 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Lefthander Shawn Morimando took the mound for the Captains and right-hander Stalin Gerson started for the Dragons. This was the fourth matchup this year between these two pitchers.
Dayton drew first blood in the game as shortstop Juan Perez hit a solo shot to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Morimando settled down after that and pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked four batters and struck out one. Reliever Antwonie Hubbard replaced Morimando in the seventh inning.
Dayton added another run in the seventh inning to make it a 2-0 lead. First baseman Nick O'Shea hit his first homerun of the year, a solo shot to left field. Hubbard allowed one run on one hit in his two innings of work. He walked two and struck out one.
Dayton's pitching staff shutout Lake County through eight innings, but Lake County used a rally in the ninth inning off of reliever Carlos Contreras. Right fielder Jordan Smith lined a one-out single and then moved to third base on a double by catcher Alex Monsalve. After a groundout failed to score a run, centerfielder Bryson Myles lined a two-out, two-run single to right field. Smith and Monsalve scored on the play to tie the game at 2-2.
In the tenth inning, the Captains loaded the bases with no outs with a walk, single and hit batter. Smith grounded into a double play and Monsalve flew out to end the threat.
Lake County had the leading run at second base with one out in the eleventh inning, but stranded him there.
Jeff Johnson (4-3, 5.12 ERA) came on with the winning run at second base in the bottom of the eleventh inning. He struck out O'Shea to end the threat.
The Captains scored three runs in the twelfth inning to take the lead. Left fielder Jordan Casas was hit by a pitch from Erik Miller (0-2, 9.49 ERA) to lead off the inning. Second baseman Jose Ramirez attempted a sacrifice bunt to Miller. Miller could not field the ball cleanly, allowing Ramirez to reach. Shortstop Francisco Lindor was walked intentionally to load the bases. Smith laced a single to right field, plating Casas and then third baseman Todd Hankins coaxed a one out walk to score Ramirez. Myles hit a fly ball to left field, far enough to score the speedy Lindor from third.
Johnson retired the Dragons in order in the bottom of the twelfth and picked up the win going 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out two batters.
Lake County finished with eight hits on the night. Ramirez, Smith, and first baseman Jerrud Sabourin each had two hits each. Monsalve and Myles added one hit apiece.
Lake County and Dayton will conclude a three game series on Wednesday night. The Captains will send right-handed pitcher Felix Sterling (3-6, 5.63) to the mound to pitch for the sweep. Dayton will counter with RHP Carlos Gonzalez (0-2, 6.43). First pitch is set for 7:00 PM from Fifth Third Field.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.
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