COMSTOCK PARK, MI- The Lake County Captains (22-18, 53-56) used a three run third inning to take the lead and added on after that to secure a 5-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (19-21, 55-55) on Friday night. Lake County won three of four in the last series.
One night after a near-perfect game, Lake County assured no perfection on Friday with a leadoff single in the first inning. The Captains stranded a runner at second base.
West Michigan struck first on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Shortstop Eugenio Suarez hit his sixth homerun of the year, a two-out solo shot to left field.
In the third, Lake County took the lead with a three run frame. Shortstop Yhoxian Medina and second baseman Jose Ramirez had back-to-back singles with one out. A wild pitch advanced each runner ninety feet. After a strikeout, right fielder Jordan Smith scored Medina and Ramirez with a two-run single to center field to bring his team-leading RBI total to 52. First baseman Jerrud Sabourin plated Smith following a RBI double to right field.
Catcher Jake Lowery gave the Captains a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning. Lowery launched his third homerun to right field, a leadoff bomb in the inning.
Whitecaps’ starter Chad Smith (0-1, 5.14) left the game after four innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out three and uncorked two wild pitches. Reliever Melvin Mercedes came in for the fifth inning.
The Captains added a run in the fifth off of Mercedes. Ramirez reached on a single to right field. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez brought Ramirez home with a RBI double to right field.
West Michigan got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. Third baseman Jason King doubled with one out and designated hitter Pat Leyland followed with a single, advancing King to third. Left fielder Jason Krizan flew out to center field, bringing home King.
West Michigan closed out the scoring in the sixth inning. With one out, second baseman Brandon Loy doubled down the left field line. Suarez drove in his second RBI of the night, with a single to left field.
Left-hander Shawn Morimando (5-3, 3.52) threw six innings to get the win. He surrendered three runs on six hits and he struck out three. Right-hander Nick Pasquale took the ball for the seventh inning.
Mercedes allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work. He walked two and struck out one. Wil Clinard threw three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit.
Pasquale pitched two perfect innings of work to bridge to Enosil Tejeda, the closer with Jeff Johnson promoted to Carolina. Tejeda allowed one hit in the ninth inning to pick up his second save of the year.
Ramirez added three of the team’s eleven hits on the night. Smith, Sabourin and Lowery had two hits apiece.
The Lake County Captains will return home on Saturday night to begin a seven game homestand. The South Bend Silver Hawks will open the homestand with a 7:00 PM start from Classic Park. Lake County will send LHP Danny Jimenez (1-1, 3.38) and will face RHP J.R Bradley (6-7, 5.26).