Eastlake, Ohio- The Lake County Captains (12-6, 35-50) used a three-run eighth inning to take a one-run game and turn it into a four-run game for a 8-4 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (8-10, 41-47) on Sunday afternoon at Classic Park.
Robbie Aviles made his sixth start of the year and eighth appearance overall for the Captains. He was opposed by righty Jake Thompson, who was named the ninth best prospect in the Tigers organization by mlb.com.
Thompson took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth before the Captains took a 2-0 lead. First baseman Joe Sever broke up the no-no with a one-out double down the left field line. Sever scored when catcher Eric Haase sent a groundball through the third baseman Jason King’s legs for a fielding error. Right fielder Anthony Santander added another run with a RBI single to center field.
West Michigan answered back with two runs in the next half inning to tie the game. Second baseman Curt Powell singled with one out and advanced to second on a groundout before shortstop David Gonzalez was hit with a Aviles offering. First baseman Jeff Holm drove in his 57th RBI with a RBI single to center field. Gonzalez scored when second baseman Yhoxian Medina failed to control a short hop off the bat of King.
Designated hitter Jeremy Lucas led off with a walk. Medina laid down a bunt single before Thompson committed a throwing error, moving Lucas to third. The Captains used two RBI singles by shortstop Dorssys Paulino and centerfielder Logan Vick to regain a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. Thompson exited the game with one out and replaced with Jeff Thompson (no relation).
Ja. Thompson took his first loss, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits in four and one-third innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Aviles earned his third win with two runs (one earned) allowed in five innings. He gave up six hits, no walks, a hit batter with one strikeout. Luis Morel entered in relief for the sixth inning.
Third baseman Erik Gonzalez hit his seventh home run of the year in the sixth inning to move the lead to 5-2.
The Whitecaps trimmed the lead to one with a two-run single by King in the seventh inning.
Je. Thompson allowed one run in one and two-thirds innings of work. Calvin Drummond took the ball for the seventh inning.