TinCaps flood Captains, 14-4
Lake County allowed 14 hits in the lob-sided loss to Fort Wayne.
EASTLAKE, OH - After playing 14 innings of baseball on Thursday, the Captains gave up that same number of hits and runs to the TinCaps on Friday, as Fort Wayne demolished Lake County in the final game of a three-game set by a final score of 14-4.
Captains manager Mark Budzinski was disappointed in the one-sided result, but didn’t believe that the 14 Fort Wayne runs and hits on Friday had anything to do with the 14 innings played during Thursday’s doubleheader.
“We just didn’t pitch well,” Budzinski said, when asked if there was any relationship between the late night Thursday and Friday’s blowout. “We won them both (on Thursday), so we should be feeling better, if anything. No, no correlation at all.”
While the TinCaps made plenty of good contact throughout the night, their early runs were more the result of a barrage of bases-on-balls issued by Captains starter Jordan Milbrath.
Milbrath struggled with his command for the entirety of his start, as he walked seven batters in just four innings of work, while allowing four runs on just three hits.
“Jordan just didn’t have it tonight,” Budzinski said of his starter. “Obviously, he was up in the zone, he couldn’t get the ball down and when he threw it over the plate he got hit.”
As Lake County pitches started entering the strike zone, however, the TinCaps didn’t miss a beat, as they picked up base-knock after base-knock against relievers Kerry Doane and Wander Beras on their way to the drubbing of the Captains.
“Again, ball was up in the zone,” Budzinski said of the struggles of his relievers. “The ball was up in the zone. At any level, it’s going to get hit.”
In addition to the seemingly endless stream of hits for the TinCaps, the Captains furthered the damage with a trio of errors in the field, something that Budzinski said caught his eye more than the lopsided numbers on the scoreboard.
While they would need some crooked numbers of their own to catch the TinCaps and their scorching offense, the Captains did flex a bit of offensive muscle. Both Nellie Rodriguez and Claudio Bautista made up half of Lake County’s offense on the night via the solo long-ball.
Following the game, Budzinski felt that while Rodriguez has become “menacing”, Bautista is making some big strides in his game.
“He’s been swinging the bat well of late,” Budzinski said. “When he swings at strikes and stays in the zone, he makes solid contact consistently. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Captains will continue their home-stand on Saturday as they begin a three-game series with the Dayton Dragons. First pitch from Classic Park is scheduled for 7 PM.