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Walkoff win eliminates Captains from playoff contention

Three-run walkoff blast dashes Lake County's playoff hopes

Walkoff win eliminates Captains from playoff contention
August 27, 2013
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COMSTOCK PARK, MI- The West Michigan Whitecaps (32-30, 65-67) completed a four game sweep of the Lake County Captains (30-34, 53-78) on Monday night on a three-run walk-off homerun by first baseman Lance Durham in the bottom of the ninth. The second straight walk-off loss officially eliminated the Captains from playoff contention.

The Captains looked to right-hander Dylan Baker to avoid the sweep as the Whitecaps gave the ball to righty Endrys Briceno.

The first five and a half innings were scoreless before the Whitecaps struck first in the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman Harold Castro lined an one-out double to left field and then stole third base before he crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly from shortstop Jared Reaves.

Briceno shut out the Captains over six innings while he scattered six hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Josh Turley entered for the seventh.

Baker gave up one run on two hits in his six innings of work. He walked two and fanned five before taking a seat for Geoff Davenport in the seventh.

In the eighth, Lake County put a runner at first base with one out after a single and a forceout. West Michigan made a move to Corey Knebel to relieve Turley. Knebel attempted to pickoff the runner at first and missed, allowing the runner to move to third. A wild pitch tied the game at one.

Turley allowed one unearned run in his one and one third innings of work.

Third baseman Jason King led off the ninth with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner David Gonzalez. Left fielder Jeff Holm attempted a sacrifice bunt but Davenport threw the ball away, allowing both runners to advance. Durham stepped to the plate and send the Whitecaps’ fans home happy with the homer.

Davenport was hung with the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) in three innings of work.

Knebel’s perfect one and two thirds innings were good enough to pick up the win.

The Captains outhit the Whitecaps 7-5 with left fielder Nick Hamilton leading the way with two hits.

The Captains will open their final home series on Wednesday night after an off day on Tuesday. The Lansing Lugnuts will come to town for a 7:05 start.

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

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