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On-Deck with the Captains: 4/10/13 - 4/16/13

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/10/13 - 4/16/13
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Week two of the Lake County Captains season is in the books and the results were similar to the first week. The Captains’ offense continued to struggle and errors proved costly as the pitching staff couldn’t put a stop to the bleeding.

The weather wasn’t very supportive to the Captains either as temperatures weren’t favorable and the rain impeded two games from even starting as back-to-back games were postponed against the Great Lake Loons.

Captains manager Scooter Tucker noted that the inclement weather over the last week has made it difficult for the team to get work in and remain consistent.

“Dealing with the weather made it very difficult this early in the season,” Tucker said. “We’d like to get out on the field and keep these guys in a routine where they’re taking infield, taking batting practice and we weren’t able to do that for a week.”

The team took batting practice last Saturday and wasn’t able to take it again on the field until they returned to Eastlake on Sunday. The return home may have been a positive shift in scenery, as the team picked up a 10-4 win Tuesday night.

Smooth Sailing

Logan Vick, OF
5 G, .321 BA, .457 OBP, .886 OPS, 6-for-14, 3 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 4:5 K:BB, 0 E

Logan Vick had a formidable week as he now leads the team in batting average after Tuesday night’s game. He’s hit .320 through the last five games and his defense has been solid as he has yet to commit an error.

Jake Sisco, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 3:3 K:BB

Sisco tossed a good four innings in his start, and so far, he’s pitched better than the other starters. His first start was solid too and his fastball, accredited as his best pitch, looked decent.

Tucker said Sisco’s fastball needs a bit more work, but his potential looks incredibly bright.

“We’re looking for a little more consistency with is fastball. He pitched well twice and I think he’s only going to get better. He’s going to get stronger as we go through the season and I think he’s doing exactly what he needs to do.”

Michael Peoples, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4:1 K:BB

Peoples has been quietly flawless through his first two appearances in the pen. His strikeout-walk ratio is 9:2 on the year and the only run he’s allowed was unearned. Peoples doesn’t generate a great deal of attention, but his numbers seem to speak volumes for him.

Walking the Plank

Jorge Martinez, OF
9 G, .219 BA, .219 OBP, .531 OPS, 3-for-13, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3:0 K:BB, 4 E

It’s tough to say which was worse – Martinez’s offensive or defensive week. His defensive issues may be attributed to his conversion from the infield to the outfield, where he is still getting accustomed, but they’ve been costly in terms of game outcomes.

Mitch Brown, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 4 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4:1 K:BB

Mitch Brown had a second tough outing last week, though it was certainly an improvement from his first. One of the key issues was the long ball – he gave up two in his start on Saturday. Granted, those were also the only two hits he surrendered.

Notable Numbers

18: The number of errors the team has so far. Tucker said the team spent the majority of their three-hour practice on Monday working on defense. Dorssys Paulino and Jorge Martinez lead the team with four errors apiece.

13: Luigi Rodriguez’s strikeouts. Strikeouts were a significant problem for Rodriguez last year too, and once again he’s leading the team. At one point, his defense was his greatest opportunity for improvement but his plate discipline is also an issue.

.218: The team’s collective batting average. This is the second-worst in the Midwest League, just above the Dayton Dragons.

3: The team’s collective stolen bases. This is lowest in the league and the missing speed of LeVon Washington is clearly missed on the basepaths. The Bowling Green Hot Rods lead the league with 17 stolen bags.

Taking On Water

Outfielder LeVon Washington has still not played since the season opener. He’s been taking precautionary measures for his hamstring, which he tweaked during his first game. Washington wants to be 100% before his return to the field, as he had hip surgery just over one year ago. Tucker said there is no timetable for Washington’s return, but he’s feeling better.

Fair Sailing

No transactions were recorded for the team this week. Aaron Siliga, who replaced Washington on the roster, went 1-for-4 in his season debut on Tuesday.

On the Horizon

The Captains continue their brief three-game homestand with Dayton this week. On Friday, they’ll head back to Great Lakes and hope to finally make up the two postponed games from last week.

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.

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