Whitecaps sweep twinbill from Captains
COMSTOCK PARK, MI- The West Michigan Whitecaps (31-30, 64-67) scored the winning run in the eighth inning in both games en route to sweeping the doubleheader against the Lake County Captains (30-33, 53-77) on Sunday afternoon. The first final score was 3-2 and the nightcap finished with a 4-3 walkoff in eight innings. The sweep put the Captains’ playoff hopes down the drain.
In the suspended game from July 8th at Classic Park, the West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Lake County Captains 3-2 after a late RBI single in the eighth inning.
Former Whitecaps left fielder Danry Vasquez led off the game with a solo homerun to left-center field before the game was suspended in the bottom of the first.
Jake Sisco started the game for Lake County and gave up one run in one inning while Endrys Briceno walked one batter, gave up one hit and retired one batter for the Whitecaps before the delay.
When action resumed on Sunday, Luis Morel took the mound for the Captains as he took on Jake Thompson for the Whitecaps when action resumed.
Designated hitter Lance Durham took Morel deep in the fourth inning for his seventh homerun of the year.
In the fifth inning, the Captains rallied to tie the game at two. Back-to-back singles with two outs put a runner in scoring position for designated hitter Eric Haase. Haase singled home a run to cut the lead in half. Right fielder Jorge Martinez lined a first-pitch RBI double to score another run.
Thompson allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five and two thirds innings. He fanned five and hit two batters. Chad Smith started and finished a scoreless seventh inning to pick his fourth win of the year.
Left fielder Raph Rhymes led off the eighth inning with a double to left field. Rhymes moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Morel was taken out of the game and replaced by Jack Wagoner. First baseman Jeff Holm singled home Rhymes for the game winning run.
Morel gave up two runs on three hits in six and one third innings of work. Morel took his second loss of the year with one walk and three strikeouts. Wagoner scattered three hits in the final one and two thirds innings.
Guido Knudson and Angel Nesbitt each threw a scoreless frame with Nesbitt picking up his second save of the year.
In the nightcap, the Whitecaps held off a late Lake County rally before walking off to sweep the twinbill.
Lefty Luis Lugo made his second start of the year for the Captains as he took the mound opposite righty Calvin Drummond for West Michigan.
The Captains struck first in the second inning. Designated hitter Richard Stock walked to open the inning. Stock moved around the bases on a walk and wild pitch, respectively. First baseman Leo Castillo drove home Stock for his 21st RBI with a sacrifice fly.
The Whitecaps rallied with two runs in the bottom half of the second. Centerfielder Connor Harrell led off with a line-drive triple to center field before scoring on a groundout by first baseman Jeff Holm. An RBI single by shortstop David Gonzalez gave the home team the lead.
In the third, West Michigan took a two run lead on a RBI double by third baseman Jason King.
Drummond gave up one run without giving up a hit in four innings of work. He got a no-decision with two walks and eight strikeouts. Yorfrank Lopez relieved Drummond in the fifth.
The Captains tied the game in the fifth off of Lopez. The first two batters reached on singles before a wild pitch scored the first run. Second baseman Yhoxian Medina singled home the game-tying run.
Lugo pitched into the fifth inning before being replaced by James Stokes. Lugo allowed three runs on seven hits in four and one thirds innings. He fanned six despite walked two.
Stokes and Lopez matched zeroes heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Stokes allowed one hit in one and two thirds innings. Lopez gave up two runs in three innings of work.
Southpaw Anderson Polanco came into the game as they tried to send it into extra innings. Polanco loaded the bases on two walks and a single before he fanned the final out of the frame.
The Whitecaps swept the doubleheader with a run in the eighth inning. Polanco started the inning with a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt. Manager Scooter Tucker made the move to Cody Penny. After getting the first two outs, Penny allowed the game-winning RBI single to second baseman Jared Reaves.
Polanco took the loss, after the run was charged to him. He threw one plus inning with one walk and three walks.
Josh Turley won the game with a scoreless eighth inning.
The Captains only managed four singles in game two.
The series finale will take place on Monday night. Lake County will start RHP Dylan Baker (7-6, 3.77) and West Michigan will counter with Endrys Briceno (7-9, 4.72). First pitch is at 7:00 PM from Fifth Third Ballpark.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.