On-Deck with the Captains: 6/26/13 - 7/2/13
The Lake County Captains suffered a four-game losing streak this past week, but have rebounded over the last three days winning three-straight. The offense still struggles to produce runs, but the batting averages have collectively jumped. The starting rotation stepped things up as only one start was rough this week and the bullpen has done its best to keep the team within games.
Dylan Baker, SP
1 G, 1-0, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4:1 K:BB
Once again, Dylan Baker has put the early season skepticism to rest. Sunday’s win was his fourth in just as many starts. Over those four games, he’s allowed four runs, two of which were earned and his opponent average was just .105.
Things seem to have fallen into place for Baker and he’s provided a huge boost to the team’s rotation. Everything has worked for him lately and now he’s pitching like an early-round pick.
Jack Wagoner, RHP
2 G, 0-0, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2:0 K:BB
Jack Wagoner seems to pitch in clusters, as he’ll have a couple bad games followed by a string of lights-out appearances. This week, it was lights out as the righty allowed just one base runner. Perhaps the familiar confines of Classic Park contributed to Wagoner’s successful week, considering his ERA at home is 1.96 compared to 5.91 on the road.
Dorssys Paulino, SS
7 G, .305 BA, .319 OBP, .752 OPS, 9-for-29, 2 R, 4 RBI, 5:1 K:BB
Each month has looked a little better for Dorssys Paulino and July has been no exception. He had a huge 3-for-5 night on Monday which included a pair of doubles and RBIs. Paulino is driving the ball with more authority and appears more comfortable on the diamond. His footwork looks cleaner and he’s making better fielding decisions, which shows as his number of fielding errors has tailed off.
Walking the Plank
Jorge Martinez, OF
6 G, .208 BA, .208 OBP, .542 OPS, 4-for-20, 2 R, 1 RBI, 7:0 K:BB
Patience has not been Jorge Martinez’s virtue as his strikeouts soar and his walks are nearly non-existent. Martinez is only 20 though, so he’s got some time to work on his plate discipline.
Eric Haase, C
5 G, .100 BA, .150 OBP, .350 OBP, 1-for-16, 0 R, 1 RBI, 4:2 K:BB
Haase has hit a tailspin his last seven or so games as he just hasn’t made solid contact at the plate. He has the speed to leg out plenty of extra base hits, but lately he hasn’t been driving the ball far enough.
Jake Sisco, SP
1 G, 0-1, 5 IP,7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3:1 K:BB
After a shutout start his last outing, Sisco faltered a little on Friday. Sisco has made it past the fifth inning in his last five starts. This may a decision by the team to limit his workload, but the bullpen doesn’t receive much rest on days that Sisco starts.
Taking On Water
Aaron Siliga has been placed on the 7-Day disabled list after suffering a hand injury last week.
Starter Robbie Aviles left Tuesday’s game with a blister on his hand, though he has not been placed on the disabled list.
LeVon Washington left for Arizona Sunday morning to rehab with the AZL Indians. Washington had not played since May 27 as he has been suffering dehydration issues. Washington underwent a series of tests to find the problem and he was cleared to play last week.
Reliever Louis Head was assigned to the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday.
Todd Hankins joined the team from the high-A Carolina Mudcats. So far, he has hit .235 through four games with the Captains.
On the Horizon
The Captains will face the Lansing Lugnuts for two games at home before two more on the road in Lansing. The second half has not been kind to the Lugnuts, who are 2-10 since the All-Star break. The Captains are 8-5 since the break and 31-49 overall.
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.