On-Deck with the Captains: 7/3/13 - 7/9/13
The past week was a good one for the Lake County Captains as they went 4-1 since last Wednesday with one game suspended due to rain. Most notable is the team’s offense, which took off and scored a total of 41 runs during the last five games. This included a season and Midwest League-high 21 hits during a 10-5 win over the Lansing Lugnuts last Wednesday.
Ryan Merritt, SP
1 G, 1-0, 7 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 4:2 K:BB
After a rough start in his previous outing, Ryan Merritt rebounded on Thursday for a solid win, which outs him at 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA on the year. Merritt has a string of ugly starts during the month of June, so perhaps July will be better to him.
Felix Sterling, RHP
2 G, 1-0, 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2:4 K:BB
Despite a pair of walks per game during his two appearances this week, Felix Sterling shut down his competitors. This says a lot when one considers the struggles Sterling faced earlier in the year trailing back into last season. Now, Sterling hasn’t yielded a run during his last four appearances, which may be a sign that he’s finally found his groove.
Logan Vick, OF
5 G, .443 BA, .490 OBP, 1.600 OPS, 8-for-17, 7 R, 5 RBI, 3:4 K:BB, 2 SB
Vick was easily the biggest contributor to the team’s offensive output this past week and the numbers say it all. Vick had the hottest start to the season of anyone on the team until he tailed off in May. So far, July appears to be a significant turnaround for him.
Walking the Plank
Eric Haase, C
4 G, .163 BA, .263 OBP, .575 OPS, 3-for-17, 4 R, 3 RBI, 4:2 K:BB
Haase remains in this category for the second straight week as he’s continued to struggle at the plate. He’s hitting .139 through his last 10 games, and his offensive issues seem to have carried over to his defense. He has the best arm of the three catchers on the team, but has allowed some balls to sail to the outfield on some bad throws.
Jack Wagoner, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 0.1 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 H, 0:4 K:BB
This is a pretty small sample size, but it’s a pretty accurate reflection of Wagoner’s tendencies. When he struggles, it tends to be due to walks, which was the case during last Friday’s game.
Taking On Water
Leonardo Castillo was placed on the seven-day disabled list last Wednesday.
Reliever Josh Martin was promoted to high-A Carolina on Saturday.
Third baseman Nick Hamilton and pitcher Jimmy Stokes were added to the Captains’ roster from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Saturday in addition to reliever Grant Sides, who was sent from high-A Carolina.
On the Horizon
The Captains are on the road for the week as they head to Beloit for a three-game series and move on to Wisconsin for three more. They’ll return home on the 17th for a six-game homestand at Classic Park.
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.