EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (16-33) managed a split of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Classic Park with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (30-22). The Hot Rods won game one 8-5 and the Captains walked off with a 6-5 win in the second game.
Bowling Green put four on the board in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Joey Rickard hit his second home run of the year, a one-out solo shot to left field. Following two walks and a single, third baseman Tyler Goeddel lined a triple to left-center field, clearing the bases.
The Captains broke through in the bottom of the first. Second baseman Erik Gonzalez led off with a walk. He stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Catcher Jeremy Lucas plated Gonzalez with a comebacker to the mound.
Rickard hit his second home run of the game, a one-out solo shot to left field. Right fielder Marty Gantt lined a RBI double to left field. Bowling Green led 6-1 after one and a half innings.
Shortstop Brandon Martin, coming off the DL prior to the game, hit a two-run home run in the third inning, pushing the BG lead to 8-1.
Center fielder Logan Vick brought home another run in the third inning with a groundout.
DeJesus took the loss after pitching four innings. He allowed eight runs on eight runs. DeJesus walked three and struck out four in four innings. He gave up three home runs, bringing his league-leading total to thirteen. D.J Brown came in for the fifth inning.
Lake County used a big inning in the fifth to cut the lead in half. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino lined a two-run double to right-center field. Lucas singled home Paulino to close the scoring at 8-5.
Hot Rods starter Snell exited the game with two-on and one out in the fifth inning. Nick Sawyer entered and walked a batter to load the bases. Sawyer induced a foul popout to end the inning.
Snell allowed five runs on four hits in four and a third innings of work. He walked a season-high six and only struck out one. Sawyer walked two in his two and two thirds scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.
Brown completed two shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts. C.C. Lee made his first appearance since April 2012 with a perfect seventh inning.
Paulino led the Captains in game one with two hits and two RBI. Gonzalez scored three runs after walking four times.
Bowling Green took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Andrew Toles led off the game with a single. He stole second and third before coming home on a throwing error by catcher Eric Haase.
The Captains tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Paulino reached on a error on the first baseman. He stole second and moved to third on a single. Designated hitter Richard Stock beat out a double play ball to score Paulino.
Third baseman Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run home run and Martin launched his second home run of the doubleheader, a two-run home run to left field. Bowling Green led 5-1 going to the bottom of the second.
Left fielder Jorge Martinez reached on a fielding error in the second inning and advanced to second on a groundout. Gonzalez singled to center field to bring home Martinez.
The Captains used back-to-back home runs in the third inning to tie the game at five. Haase launched his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to dead center field. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez followed with his first home run of the year to left field.
On the big home runs, manager Scooter Tucker said “Haase has hit all of his home runs hard and he has a lot of pop in his bat. Nellie has fixed his bat path and made adjustments to his swing. Hopefully he hits a lot more of them.”
Morel was relieved following a two-out walk in the top of the fifth inning. Benny Suarez made his Captains debut with an inning-ending groundout.
Morel allowed five runs on eight hits in four and two thirds innings. He walked a season-high five batters and struck out two.
Henderson took a no-decision, throwing four innings with five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He did not allow a walk and struck out two. Right-hander Ryan Garton entered the game for the fifth inning.
The Captains won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Paulino led off the inning with a double, just inches from a homerun. After a flyout, the Hot Rods gave a free pass to Stock. Cue right fielder Anthony Santander, who lined a one-out double to left-center field to plate Paulino. The Captains won game two by a final score of 6-5.
Suarez got the win, throwing two and one third innings of two-hit baseball. He surrendered one walk and struck out two.
Garton took the loss, allowing the winning run in the seventh inning on three hits in two and one third innings.
On the walk-off win, Tucker said “It is a great way to end the day, especially for them. It creates great momentum for the team. Also, it is the best way for morale considering the games lately. It just has a different feeling than a 9-0 win for the guys.”
Bowling Green and Lake County had 10 hits apiece in game two. Haase led the way with two hits including two RBI.
Lake County and Bowling Green will play the rubber game of the series on Thursday morning. LHP Ryan Merritt (2-4, 3.31 ERA) will take the ball for the Captains as he will face RHP Dylan Floro (3-1, 1.54 ERA) for Bowling Green. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. from Classic Park.