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On-Deck with the Captains: 4/17/13 - 4/23/13

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/17/13 - 4/23/13
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Things are looking better for the Lake County Captains, though the offense still struggled this past week. The team went 3-5 since last Wednesday and the starting pitching has made significant strides. Inclement weather was a factor once again as a double-header was postponed on Friday against the Great Lakes Loons.

The Captains complete their road trip in Comstock Park on Wednesday before they board the bus and head home to Eastlake to start a six-game home stand.

Smooth Sailing

Eric Haase, C
6 G, .438 BA, .431 OBP, 1.700 OPS, 9-for-24, 3 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 9:3 K:BB

Eric Haase continues to be one of the most consistent and reliable hitters in the Lake County line-up. He’s hit safely in eight-straight games and currently leads the team in slugging percentage, total bases, RBIs and hits. What may be more surprising is that he also leads the team in triples with two, though if you’ve seen him run, you understand that he doesn’t run like a typical catcher.

Logan Vick, OF
6 G, .367 BA, .408 OBP, .875 OPS, 5-for-15, 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3:4 K:BB

Vick was honored here last week, but he may be even more deserving of it this week. He’s leading the team in average, OPS, OBP, and is ranked 12th in the Midwest League for batting average (.326). At one point, it seemed Vick’s playing time may reduce once LeVon Washington returns, but with as well as Vick has been hitting, the Captains may be reluctant to keep him out of the line-up.

Dylan Baker, SP
1 G, 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both unearned), 6:0 K:BB

Baker certainly deserved the win in his start on Sunday, but a pair of errors pegged him with the loss. It was a good rebound from his previous starts and it’s helped his season ERA dip down to 4.20.

Walking the Plank

Robel Garcia, 2B
5 G, .066 BA, .100 OBP, .266 OPS, 1-for-15, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 5:3 K:BB

Offensive struggles are nothing new to Garcia as he is not considered an offensive player. His .111 batting average is the team’s worst, minus LeVon Washington, who has been on the disabled list since the season opener.

Luis Morel, P
1 G, 0-1, 81.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1:2 K:BB

Morel had a nightmarish start on Saturday as he didn’t even make it through the first inning, but in his defense, he is not a starter. The series of double-headers against Great Lakes over the weekend threw a hitch in the pitching rotation, which resulted in Morel’s shift to the starting rotation. He’s pitched decent in two relief appearances, so Saturday’s start may not be a huge concern.

Notable Numbers

155: The number of team offensive strikeouts. This leads the Midwest League with Quad Cities just trailing at 151. Peoria has the least amount of strikeouts at 99.

34: The number of walks issued by the Captains’ pitching staff. This is the lowest in the league, which is a great testament to the staff’s willingness to go after hitters.

3: The number of the team’s complete games. This also leads the league. Jake SiscoLuis DeJesus and Dylan Baker all have complete games.

Taking On Water

No Captains were placed on the disabled list this week.

Back On Board

Outfielder LeVon Washington was activated this week. He had not played since the season opener on April 4 as he tweaked a hamstring muscle. He played four innings on Tuesday and walked twice. Aaron Siliga was reassigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers roster to make room for Washington.

On the Horizon

The Captains close their road trip on Wednesday and return home Thursday for a three-game series with Clinton followed by a three-game series with Kane County.

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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