6/21: Captains’ offense continue to roll

DAYTON, OH- The Lake County Captains (2-0, 25-44) pounded out twelve hits and eleven runs en route to a 11-5 win over the Dayton Dragons (0-2, 28-43) on Friday night. To open the second half, Lake County has scored 22 runs on 27 hits in two games.

For the second straight game, center fielder Logan Vick doubled home a run in the first, scoring third baseman Erik Gonzalez.

Dayton fought back with a two-run first. First baseman Daniel Pigott doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch by Captains’ starter Luis Dejesus. Center fielder Junior Arias deposited a Dejesus offering to left field for a two-run homer.

A four-run fourth put the Captains back in the lead. Second baseman Yhoxian Medina singled home a run before Erik Gonzalez lined a two-run double to left field. Gonzalez would score after third baseman Tanner Rahier and left fielder Jesse Winker both committed throwing errors.

Arias led off the fourth with his second home run of the game and tenth overall. After four innings, Lake County held a 5-3 lead.

Dragons’ starter Jackson Stephens made his Midwest League debut by throwing four innings. He took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked one and fanned five. Tony Amezcua took the ball for the fifth inning.

Right fielder Anthony Santander greeted Amezcua with a solo shot to right in the fifth. Santander has three homers on the year.

In the seventh, Amezcua walked two men before getting relieved by Alejandro Chacin. Back-to-back walks plated a run before left fielder Aaron Siliga scored two more runs with a single to left.

Amezcua allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in two and two-thirds innings.

Dejesus allowed a double and a single before heading to the showers in the seventh. Right-hander Josh Martin gave up a RBI single to Brent Peterson, closing the book on Desjesus.

Dejesus won his second game, surrendering four runs on seven hits in six and one-third innings. He walked one and gave up his league-leading 15th and 16th home runs. Both of Dejesus’s wins have come in Dayton this year.

The Captains added their final two runs in the eighth inning. Gonzalez singled and moved to second on an error. A groundout moved him to third and a sacrifice fly by Vick scored him. The next batter, first baseman Joe Sever went yard for the second time.

Ben Klimesh relieved Chacin after he allowed three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Klimesh threw a perfect ninth.

Felix Sterling pitched the ninth after Martin pitched one and two thirds of shutout baseball. Sterling gave up a run on two hits in one inning.
Dayton got a run on a fielder’s choice by designated hitter Beau Amaral in the ninth. The final score was 11-5 Lake County.
Every player in the lineup reached base and eight of them had a hit. Gonzalez, shortstop Dorssys Paulino, Sever and Siliga led the way with two hits each. Gonzalez and Vick had two RBI’s, putting them in a tie for the team lead (30).
The Captains and Dragons will conclude the series on Saturday night. The Captains will start RHP Robbie Aviles (1-2,4.61) and the Dragons will counter with RHP Sal Romano (4-7,5.27). First pitch is at 7:07 PM from Fifth Third Field.
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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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