Sabourin’s homerun lifts Captains over Loons
EASTLAKE-The Mother’s Day crowd of 1,968 people saw a back and forth affair in a 5-3 win by the Lake County Captains (17-19) over the Great Lakes Loons (20-17) on Sunday afternoon.
Left-hander Elvis Araujo started the game for the Captains and right-hander Jose Dominguez opened for the Loons.
Lake County drew first blood in the second inning. Right fielder Jordan Smith led off with a single through the right side. He advanced to second on a balk by Dominguez. With two outs, first baseman Jerrud Sabourin walked. Third baseman Leonardo Castillo brought in Smith with a single, his fourteenth RBI of the year. Sabourin moved to third on the hit. Shortstop Nick Bartolone grounded out to second to end the inning.
Great Lakes answered in the fourth inning. Left fielder Scott Schebler hit his third homerun of the year, a solo shot to left. Araujo escaped a bases loaded jam with two outs on a great fielding play by Bartolone.
The Captains regained the lead in the fourth. Smith singled to centerfield. Centerfielder Bryson Myles singled to move Smith to third. Myles advanced to second on the throw. Designated hitter Jordan Casas grounded out to allow Smith to score. Sabourin reached first on a fielder’s choice, Myles scored on the fielder’s choice, beating the throw. John Shoemaker, manager of the Great Lakes Loons, was ejected by home plate umpire Ron Teague for arguing the call. Bartolone would load the bases with two outs but could not bring across another run.
Araujo pitched four innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. He surrendered a season high four walks and three strikeouts.
Dominguez threw 3.3 innings for the Loons. He gave up three runs on four hits. He tied a season high with four walks allowed. He also struck out three Captains hitters. Reliever Raydel Sanchez took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings.
Manuel Carmona made his Captains debut and allowed two runs in the sixth inning. Designated hitter O’Koyea Dickson singled to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch from Carmona. Third baseman Jesse Bosnik doubled in Dickson. Bosnik scored on a passed ball by Monsalve.
Reliever Rob Nixon (1-0, 2.40 ERA) replaced Carmona with two outs in the sixth. Carmona allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three batters and struck out one. Nixon only allowed one hit and one walk in his 2.1 innings. He struck out three.
Jerrud Sabourin hit his first professional homerun in the sixth inning, a two run shot to right. The Captains led 5-3 after six innings.
Righthander Jeff Johnson allowed a leadoff homerun to second baseman Kevin Taylor. Johnson shut the door for his fifth save of the year. He allowed one run on one hit; He struck out two Loons batters.
Manager Dave Wallace spoke about on the game today, “It was a good, quality baseball game on both sides. Jerrud Sabourin has been putting up good at bats all year.”
Sabourin on his first professional homerun, “It was a fastball, he threw it up there and I hit it.”
When asked about the better baseball as of late, Wallace added, “We have been preaching aggressive at-bats and pitching to contact.”
The Captains had nine hits on the day, Smith and Myles led with two hits apiece. The 3-9 spots in the lineup accounted for all nine hits.
The Captains and Loons will resume the four game series at Classic Park on Monday night. Captains RHP Joe Colon (3-3, 3.32) will go against RHP Ryan O’Sullivan (2-2, 2.52) for the Loons.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.