Washington, Captains cruise to 8-0 victory
MIDLAND, MI - The Captains got the bats going early to give the pitching staff more than enough cushion to win the opening game of the three game series, 8-0.
Right-hander Gustavo Gomez started the game for the Loons and the Captains started the game swinging again. Left fielder LeVon Washington walked to lead off the game and then shortstop Francisco Lindor singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Right fielder Luigi Rodriguez singled to drive home Washington and the Captains led 1-0 after the top half of the first inning.
Right-hander Joseph Colon started for the Captains and walked the first batter but erased him with a double play, and from there he cruised. On the night Colon threw six innings of shutout ball, only allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four Loons' batters.
In the second inning the Captains had a big inning for the second game in a row to add to their lead. Center fielder Bryson Myles led off the inning with a single to right and would steal second. After first baseman Jerrud Sabourin walked, a Gomez wild pitch would move the runners up to second and third with no outs. Washington singled to center to score Myles and then Rodriguez doubled on a line drive to center scoring Sabourin and Washington. Designated hitter Jordan Smith singled to score Rodriguez and the Captains led 5-0 after an inning and a half.
Michael Thomas replaced Gomez and the Captains loaded the bases with two walks and a single in the third inning. A Lindor groundout would score the only run in the inning and put the Captains up 6-0.
Catcher Alex Monsalve led off the fourth inning with the first homerun of the year, a solo shot to left which extended the lead to 7-0.
In the sixth inning, Lindor laced a triple to center field to lead off the inning against Eric Eadington. Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Lindor to conclude Lake County’s scoring on the night.
Right-handed reliever Francisco Valera pitched a shutout inning allowing two hits and walked two. Right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong followed Valera to the mound and finished the game going two innings allowing one hit and struck out two.
The Captains cranked out 13 hits for the second consecutive game, and everyone in the lineup except for third baseman Leonardo Castillo recorded at least one hit.
Washington was 3-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks. Lindor and Monsalve had two hits, one RBI and one run apiece. Rodriguez went 2-4 with four RBI.
The Captains will play the Loons in game two of a three game series on Tuesday night at Dow Diamond. First pitch is set for 6:05 PM.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.