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Sever leads Captains to 7-5 win

First baseman helps Lake County take series opener

Sever leads Captains to 7-5 win
Joe Sever (Photo: Lianna Holub)
July 25, 2013
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SOUTH BEND, IN- The Lake County Captains (16-15, 39-59) used four RBI by first baseman Joe Sever to take game one from the South Bend Silver Hawks (18-14, 62-39) by a final score of 7-5. Lake County snapped a four-game losing streak against the Silver Hawks.

The starting pitching matchup on Wednesday night featured two right-handers. Luis DeJesus started for the Captains as he took on Kyle Winkler for the Silver Hawks.

Lake County got on the board with a RBI double by first baseman Joe Sever in the top of the first.

South Bend tied the game in the bottom half of the first. Designated hitter Fidel Pena led off with an infield single. Pena stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Lake County catcher Eric Haase. Pena scored on a balk by DeJesus.

The Captains sent nine men to the plate in the second inning while scoring four runs. Haase opened the frame with his third triple of the year. Third baseman Zach MacPhee walked in his first at-bat with the Captains in 2013. Two batters later, second baseman Yhoxian Medina singled home Haase to take the 2-1 lead. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino coaxed a two-out walk to load the bases. Center fielder Logan Vick singled home two runs before Sever struck again with a RBI single.

The Silver Hawks hit two triples in the bottom of the second inning but only one of them scored. After two innings, Lake County led 5-2.

In the fourth inning, Sever drove in two more runs with a single to center field to open a five-run lead. 

South Bend gained the two runs back in the home half of the fourth. First baseman Rudy Flores doubled to begin the inning. Left fielder Alex Glenn walked while Flores advanced to third on a wild pitch. After two outs, second baseman Andrew Velazquez singled home Flores and Pena plated a run with a RBI double.

Winkler took the loss after a start of four innings. His final line was five earned runs (seven runs) on nine hits, two walks and five strikeouts. The man with two first names, Jose Jose relieved Winkler for the fifth inning.

A sacrifice fly by Glenn completed the scoring in the fifth inning as the final four innings were scoreless.

DeJesus won his fourth game of the year as he threw five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He walked two batters and fanned four.

Jose, Blake Perry and Enrique Burgos combined to throw five shutout innings of relief for South Bend.

Southpaw Kyle Crockett, the Indians’ fourth round pick in this year’s draft, made his Captains debut with a scoreless sixth inning.

Crockett, Cody Penny and Grant Sides combined to no-hit the Silver Hawks over the final four innings. Sides earned his second save in the ninth.

The Captains continued to swing a hot bat as they had double digit hits for the fourth straight game. Sever led the way with three hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games. During his current hitting streak, Sever has 15 hits in 34 at-bats (.441 average) as well as four multi-hit games.

The Captains and Silver Hawks will continue their three-game series on Thursday night. RHP Jake Sisco (4-7, 3.74) will start for Lake County as he will be opposed by RHP Brad Allen (4-6, 5.47) for South Bend. First pitch is set for 7:05 from Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium. 

Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.

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