Lansing, Mi-The Lake County Captains (11-5, 34-49) used a four-run seventh inning to fuel a win over the Lansing Lugnuts (2-13, 34-50) on Friday night by a final score of 7-3. The Captains won their sixth straight game while sweeping the Lugnuts. The last time the Captains won at least six games in a row was July of 2011 (7/24-7/30).
Dylan Baker made the start for Lake County as he looked to continue the hot streak he had in the month of June. He was opposed by lefty Alonzo Gonzalez for the Lugnuts.
The Captains took an early lead in the first inning with a run. Left fielder Todd Hankins doubled to open the game, stole third and came home on a groundout by centerfielder Logan Vick.
Gonzalez fell apart in the fifth inning, leading to his departure and another Captains run. Gonzalez walked the first three batters of the inning to load the bases. Gonzalez was hooked with the bases loaded and nobody out. Left-hander Griffin Murphy came in to try to extinguish the fire. Vick lifted a fly ball to left field, that was deep enough to allow speedy second baseman Yhoxian Medina to score from third. Hankins was thrown out trying to tag and advance to second base.
Gonzalez took a hard-luck loss for his ninth loss of the season, allowing two runs on three hits over four plus innings. He walked a season and career high six batters while striking out one.
Baker worked into the sixth inning before getting the hook. He was relieved by Jack Wagoner with runners on the corners with two outs. Wagoner induced a inning-ending groundout.
Baker won his fifth straight decision with five and two-thirds innings of shutout baseball. He scattered four hits and four walks while fanning three batters. Baker has a scoreless streak of 13.2 innings.
The Captains used a four spot in the seventh inning to take a 6-0 lead. Two singles and a fielding error loaded the bases with first baseman Joe Sever coming to the plate. Sever singled home a run with a grounder to center field. Third baseman Erik Gonzalez continued to rake as he lined a bases-clearing triple into the right-center field gap. Gonzalez now had 39 RBI’s on the year, leading the team.
Lansing scored two runs without a base-hit in the seventh. Wagoner walked the bases loaded to start the inning before a run scored on a passed ball by Captains catcher Eric Haase. Wagoner walked another batter before getting a visit by manager Scooter Tucker. DJ Brown was summoned in a bases-loaded, no-out jam. First baseman Kevin Patterson drove home a run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Wagoner was charged with two runs on no hits and four walks in over a third of an inning (faced five batters).
Murphy exited the game after he gave up four runs (three earned runs) on four hits in three innings. Right-hander Wil Browning was on for the eighth inning. Browning allowed one run in his two innings of work.