Myles, Morimando help lead Captains to 9-6 win
EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night as they beat the South Bend Silver Hawks 9-6, thanks to a pair of home runs.
Lake County sent left-hander Shawn Morimando (1-1, 4.22) to the bump against South Bend’s Jesse Darrah (5-2, 3.77), a righty whom the Captains hit hard back in May.
Joining the Lake County crew was Cleveland Indians’ third baseman Jack Hannahan, who is presently rehabbing a strained calf muscle. Hannahan started at third base and hit third in the Captains’ line-up.
Lake County struck first in the second inning as first baseman Jerrud Sabourin singled and scored on a double off the bat of right fielder Bryson Myles, giving the Captains the 1-0 advantage.
However, the Silver Hawks responded right away in the top of the third as shortstop Niko Gallego led off with a double and advanced to second on a groundout. With one out, centerfielder Ender Inciarte singled to score Gallego, leveling the score at 1-1.
South Bend ignited some offensive sparks in their half of the fifth inning as Inciarte reached on a two-out error by shortstop Francisco Lindor. Second baseman Gerson Montilla singled on a line drive to center and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, but Morimando settled in to strike out the clean-up hitter for the third out, impeding anymore damage from the Silver Hawks.
Darrah pitched well through four innings, but the wheels fell off in the fifth as the Captains scored three more runs on him. Designated hitter Alex Monsalve and second baseman Robel Garcia each drew a walk and with one out, left fielder Zach MacPhee smacked his second home run of the season to advance Lake County’s lead to 4-1. After walking two more, the Silver Hawks pulled the plug on Darrah, ending Darrah’s night after 4.1 innings pitched, yielding six hits and four walks.
Darrah was replaced with Seth Simmons, but the Captains weren’t finished. After Hannahan struck out looking with two men still on, a wild pitch advanced both runners and Sabourin doubled to score both runners. Cue Myles, who stepped to the plate and sent a two-run shot deep over the centerfield wall to boost the Captains’ lead to 7-1.
The Silver Hawks rebounded in the sixth as Luis DeJesus replaced Morimando, posting Morimando’s line at five innings pitched, allowing just one run on six hits while fanning four. Designated hitter Fidel Pena greeted DeJesus with a single to lead off the inning and with one out, first baseman Ryan Court hit his first home run of the season to add two more.
South Bend continued on in the seventh as they scored three more on DeJesus. Montilla singled and scored on a double by Pena, who scored on a single by Court. Catcher Bryan Henry, who reached base on an error, went on to score the third run of the inning on a force out.
The Captains’ rebuttal came immediately in their half of the seventh as centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez walked and scored on a single by Sabourin and that was all she wrote for offense as DeJesus returned for the ninth and settled down to retire the side, sealing the Captains with the 9-6 win.
Captains’ manager David Wallace noted that DeJesus grinded through his three innings of work. “He’s in a piggy-back situation there and we talked about bringing in someone out of the pen, but we threw out the challenge to Luis and he was up for it. Those are the type of games that we learn a little bit more about him, and he might just learn a little bit about himself too.”
Wallace also mentioned that the bottom part of the Captains’ line-up has boasted a nice set of bats to fall back on recently. MacPhee, who has not hit for high average lately, has been putting some drive behind the ball lately.
“It’s great,” Wallace said. “You kind of look at it like a second lead-off guy, even though he might not be leading off big innings. It’s just such an advantage of a team to have a couple guys down there as a threat that make that pitcher work so when our line-up turns over, he doesn’t have as much in the tank.”
Myles, who just recently returned from the disabled list, said he felt like he had a good approach during his at-bats, especially when he hit his home run.
“We work middle of the field every single day in practice,” Myles said. “I made a couple of adjustments before the game and I put them into play during the game and it ended up being a good thing for me.”
Myles said those adjustments primarily consisted of staying inside the ball and regrouping mentally.
“It’s been a while since I’ve seen live pitches and the first couple of games on the road back, I was just up there swinging at everything, kind of pulling off of it,” he said. “Now, I feel like I’m kind of back in game shape, but there are still a lot of things I need to work on to get back to playing how I was early in the season, but I don’t think I’ll have a problem with that.”
Next, the Captains and the Silver Hawks square off in game two of their three-game series in an early 11:00 a.m. start on Wednesday. Right-hander Felix Sterling (3-5, 5.72) will face South Bend’s Tyler Green (1-3, 2.79). Sterling picked up a win in his last outing, where he went six innings and held the Dayton Dragons to three runs.
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.