EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (3-7) took advantage of three errors, seven wild pitches and two balks by the Dayton Dragons (3-8) to win the series opener by a final score of 10-4.
The series opened with a matchup between lefthander Wandy Peralta (0-2, 8.10 ERA) for the Dragons and right-hander Luis Dejesus took the mound for the Captains.
Lake County jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez singled to start the frame; Peralta threw a wild pitch to move Rodriguez to second base. A groundout pushed Rodriguez to third base with one out. First baseman Leonardo Castillo then drove in his third RBI with a single to center field.
Dayton regained the lead with one swing in the top of the second inning. With a runner on third base, centerfielder Junior Ariaslaunched a two-run homerun to left field, his second homerun of the year.
The Captains put a three spot up in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead. Catcher Eric Haase lined a double down the left field line. Designated hitter Nelson Rodriguez reached on a fielding error by the Dragons second baseman. Castillo brought in Haase with a RBI double. N. Rodriguez came home following a groundout by the third basemanErik Gonzalez. Right fielder Logan Vick capped the inning with a RBI single.
Nick O’Shea came in as a pinch-runner in the second inning, brought the Dragons within a run in the fourth inning at 4-3.
Shortstop Dorssys Paulino coaxed a one out walk in the fourth inning. With N. Rodriguez at the plate, Peralta was called for a balk, which moved Paulino to second. N. Rodriguez ended Peralta’s night with a RBI single to score Paulino.
Castillo greeted reliever Tony Amezcua with a double to right field. Amezcua uncorked the first of four wild pitches on the night, bringing home N. Rodriguez. The Captains led 6-3 after four innings of play.
Peralta took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight runs in three and two thirds innings. He walked two and struck out two. Peralta had two of Dayton’s seven wild pitches along with a balk.
Dayton scored their final run of the night in the fifth. Shortstop Zach Vincej led off the frame with a single. The next batter moved him up ninety feet with a groundout. Vincej then stole third base, his fourth stolen base of the year, and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean brought him home with a groundout to third base.
Josh Martin (1-1, 5.06 ERA) came into the game to replace Dejesus after the RBI groundout. Dejesus got a no-decision after allowing four runs in four and two thirds innings. He struck out four batters and hit a batter.
Lake County scored three more runs in the fifth inning to blow the game open with a 9-4 lead. Vick opened the bottom half of the frame with a single. Amezcua’s second wild pitch moved Vick to second base. Amezcua was called for a balk, the second for Dayton in the game. Left fielder Aaron Siliga hit a groundball to first baseman Robert Ramirez, who threw home to try to get Vick at the dish. Vick slid in before the tag. With L. Rodriguez at the plate, Siliga stole his first base of the year and a wild pitch by Amezcua put Siliga at third base. Rodriguez plated Siliga with a RBI single to centerfield, and then the centerfielder booted the ball, allowing Rodriguez second base. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino drove in his first RBI of the year with a single to right fielder.
The Captains closed out the scoring with a final run in the seventh. N. Rodriguez walked and advanced to second following a groundout. Amezcua’s final wild pitch moved Rodriguez to third base. Vick’s third hit of the game scored Rodriguez from third base.
Dayton manager Jose Nieves made the call to the bullpen to summon right-hander Alejandro Chacin. Amezcua’s line consisted of four runs (three earned) on five hits in one and two thirds innings of work. He walked two and threw four wild pitches.
Chacin and Sean Lucas combined to blank the Captains on one hit in two and two thirds innings.
“We asked them to pitch just like the ballgame was 0-0. They did a great job of coming in and finishing the game on a strong note, as if it was a close game,” Captains manager Scooter Tucker said of the bullpen’s performance.
The Captains tied a season-high with 14 hits in the game. “Hitting is very contagious, the hitters started off with good at-bats, they became comfortable and had a lot of good swings,” Tucker said.
Vick and Castillo each added three hit games to go along with two RBI’s. Every player in the lineup reached base for the Captains.
The Lake County Captains and Dayton Dragons will continue their three game series on Wednesday night with LHP Ryan Merritt (0-2, 2.00 ERA) taking the ball for the Captains, taking on LHP Israel Guillon (0-1, 4.91 ERA) for Dayton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 from Classic Park.