On-Deck with the Captains: 7/24/13 - 7/30/13
A string of losses punt a dent in the Lake County Captains’ week, but the team managed to pin a trio of close wins. The month of July resulted in a 12-14 record and it seemed the team couldn’t string wins together, with the exception of a six-game win streak the first week of the month. With one month remaining in the season, the Captains are fighting for a second-straight playoff appearance.
LeVon Washington, OF
3 G, .533 BA, .550 OBP, 1.317 OPS, 7-for-13, 2 R, 1 RBI, 3:1 K:BB
It’s unclear what the organization’s plans are for Washington’s future but one thing that stands blatant is that Washington hits wherever he goes. He spent 10 games rehabbing with the AZL Indians, where he hit .486 with four home runs before he rejoined the Captains on Sunday. Washington spent part of the season on the DL with a hamstring injury and was later sidelined with dehydration issues, which some recent tests have reportedly resolved.
Zach MacPhee, INF
7 G, .346 BA, .414 OBP, .837 OPS, 9-for-26, 3 R, 2 RBI, 4:3 K:BB
MacPhee joined the Captains after spending 60 games with the high-A Carolina Mudcats. He didn’t hit well in Carolina, but his time in Lake County has served him well. He’s doesn’t hit for much power or many bases, but neither does the rest of the team in general.
Felix Sterling, RHP
2 G, 1-0, 6 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 R, 3 H, 5:2 K:BB
After some ugly appearances, it seems that Sterling is starting to rid himself of the “gas can” label. His last 10 games have seen huge improvements as he’s posting a 1.08 ERA through 16.2 innings of work during those 10 outings. A tough start to the year seems to be balancing itself out for Sterling and he’s looking more like the impressive pitcher he once was.
Walking the Plank
Dylan Baker, SP
1 G, 1 GS, 0-1, 1.2 IP, 32.40 ERA, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 0:2 K:BB1
This was one of Baker’s ugliest outings of the year and it seems that something may be off with him. His last three starts have been less than desirable, which is a severe contrast to the string of scoreless outings he produced at the beginning of the month. 32 of Baker’s 52 season walks occurred during his last 10 outings, so his issues with control have been key.
Jake Sisco, SP
2 G, 2 GS, 0-1, 6.1 IP, 16.07 ERA, 15 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 18 H, 6:1 K:BB
It should be noted Sisco’s defense was not necessarily the most supportive in his two outings last week, but he still didn’t control the damage very well. Sisco has surrendered a home run in each of his last five starts and he isn’t walking many batters, which may be an indicator his pitches are too friendly with the plate.
Eric Haase, C
5 G, .100 BA, .220 OBP, .470 OPS, 2-for-17, 2 R, 0 RBI, 6:3 K:BB
It’s been a rough go for Eric Haase this month. The hits have been sparse and what few of them there are have not been for extra bases. To be fair, Haase does have to manage the three-man catching platoon he’s part of withRichard Stock and Jeremy Lucas, but Haase has seen plenty of playing time. Hopefully the month of August will be better for Haase so that he can finish the season on a good note.
Taking On Water
Infielder Yhoxian Medina was placed on the 7-day DL last week.
Infielder Erik Gonzalez and reliever Benny Suarez were promoted to high-A Carolina. Gonzalez was hitting .259 with the Captains as one of their most reliable players. Suarez held a 3.38 ERA in 12 games of work with the Captains.
Reliever Cody Penny returned to Lake County after a brief stint with the Mudcats. Pitcher Kyle Crockett joined the Captains after an impressive run with the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Zach MacPhee was sent down from the Mudcats in order to provide some infield help with the promotion of Gonzalez and Medina's injury. LeVon Washington rejoined the team from a rehab assignment with the Arizona Indians.
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.