BOWLING GREEN, KY- The Lake County Captains (5-1, 28-45) used three run sixth and ninth innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-3, 42-33). The Captains won the Tuesday matinee 6-3.
Right-hander Dylan Baker, who was named Indians Minor League Player of the Week prior to the game, made the start as he took on Taylor Guerrieri for the Hot Rods. Guerrieri entered Tuesday’s game with eleven shutout innings against the Captains in 2013.
Baker and Guerrieri traded zeros for the first five innings of the game, but Baker had a no-hitter through the first five innings.
Guerrieri came out of the game after five innings. He continued his scoreless streak against the Captains to sixteen innings and his overall consecutive scoreless streak to 16.2 innings. He scattered four hits and one walk to keep the Caps off the board while striking out four. Edgar Quinonez took the ball for the sixth inning.
The Captains took a 3-0 lead in the inning when Quinonez struggled to get through the inning. First baseman Joe Sever hit a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored after Quinonez walked three consecutive batters, including one with the bases loaded. Left fielder Jorge Martinez lined a two-run double that got stuck in the right-field fence.
Quinonez did not finish the inning as manager Jared Sandberg brought in reliever Ryan Garton to get the final out. Quinonez allowed three runs on two hits and four walks in two-thirds of an inning to earn the loss.
Bowling Green broke up the no-hitter and shutout with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. First baseman Ryan Dunn walked to lead off the frame. Dunn stole second and scored on a RBI single by designated hitter Leonardo Reginatto. Baker’s day was over as he was relieved by Felix Sterling. Sterling allowed two hits, including a RBI single to catcher Luke Maile that closed Baker’s book.
Baker won his third straight decision and fourth of the year with 5 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. He allowed one hit and two runs while walking three and fanning five.
Garton held the Captains scoreless in his inning and a third of work. He gave up one hit and struck out four. He turned the ball over to Matt Ramsey for the eighth inning.
The Captains put three insurance runs on the board in the top of the ninth inning off of Ramsey. Center fielder Logan Vick doubled home a run and catcher Jeremy Lucas lined a two-run single with the bases loaded to complete the scoring for Lake County.
Sterling threw 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball before Cody Penny entered with a scoreless eighth inning.
Penny earned his first save with two innings of one-run ball. Ramsey finished the game with two innings of allowing three runs.
The Captains pounded out eleven hits on the afternoon. Lucas had a 3-3 day with two RBI’s while everyone in the lineup reached base.
Lake County will return home to open a eight-game homestand on Wednesday night. Lake County will send RHP Luis Dejesus (2-7, 6.32) to the rubber to start the game as the Great Lakes Loons will counter with RHP Angel Sanchez (2-7, 4.88). First pitch is at 7:00 PM from Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.