Sides extends personal streak in 10-4 win
COMSTOCK PARK, MI - The Lake County Captains (23-23) gave starter Elvis Araujo (2-4, 2.66) plenty of run support in a 10-4 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (21-26) on Thursday night. The win puts Lake County one game out of second place in the division.
Lake County scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez singled to leadoff the inning. He stole second base for his twelfth stolen base of the year and advanced to third when catcher Pat Leyland, son of Detroit Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland, threw the ball into centerfield. Leftfielder Jordan Casas drove in Rodriguez with a single. Rightfielder Jordan Smith reached on catcher interference by Leyland. Designated hitter Alex Monsalve moved Casas to third with a sacrifice fly and Smith stole second on the next pitch. Catcher Alex Lavisky grounded out to short to score Casas. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin doubled down the right field line to bring in Smith. Second baseman Robel Garcia drove in Sabourin with a single to right.
The Whitecaps closed the lead to one run, the closest of the game in the bottom of the fourth. First baseman Aaron Westlake launched his fifth homerun of the season, a two run shot to left. Westlake has hit two homeruns in the last two games.
The Captains loaded the bases in the sixth inning on two walks and a single. Shortstop Nick Bartolone grounded out to plate Monsalve. Only one run was scored as the Captains led 5-3 at the time.
Araujo pitched 5.2 innings to pick up his second victory, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three batters and struck out two.
Whitecaps’ starter Marcelo Carreno (0-4, 4.11) pitched six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits. He surrendered two walks and struck out six Captains batters.
Lake County added two runs in the eighth off of reliever Melvin Mercedes. Catcher Alex Lavisky drove in his sixteenth RBI of the year, a double to score Monsalve. Bartolone plated two more runs with a single to center field.
Reliever Grant Sides threw 2.1 perfect innings to improve his scoreless innings streak to 19 innings. His earned run average stands at 0.84 on the year. He struck out four batters.
Warwick Saupold replaced Mercedes in the ninth and the Captains welcomed him rudely. Casas doubled with one out. Smith singled home Casas and the lead was 9-3. Smith would score on a Monsalve groundout and error by Westlake.
Mercedes gave up three runs on four hits in two innings of work. Saupold allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning.
Cole Cook, fresh from his Columbus debut on Tuesday, pitched the ninth inning. He allowed a two out double to King and a RBI single to Krizan. Cook surrendered one run on two hits in the ninth.
The Captains had 13 hits on the night. Everyone except third baseman Todd Hankins reached base. Sabourin lead the way with a 3-4 game and one RBI. Casas and Garcia each added two hits and one RBI, respectively. Bartolone drove in a season high three RBI’s, bringing his season total to four.
The Captains and Whitecaps will conclude the three game series on Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Captains will send RHP Joe Colon (4-4, 2.92) against RHP Tommy Collier (2-3, 2.25 ERA) for the Whitecaps. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.