EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (15-15, 38-59) fell victim to a four-run sixth inning as the Quad Cities River Bandits (16-13, 54-44) broke a 3-3 tie en route to a 7-4 win on Monday afternoon at Classic Park. The Captains won their tenth series of the year.
An “approaching” weather system forced Monday’s first pitch to be delayed one hour and eight minutes. Officials thought a system would hit the area around 11:00 AM but not a drop of rain fell during the delay.
Captains starter Dylan Baker worked out of jams in the first and second innings to keep the River Bandits off the board.
The Captains took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman Joe Sever led off with a solo home run to left field. A double, hit batter and a single loaded the bases with no outs in the inning. Second baseman Yhoxian Medina drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Catcher Jeremy Lucas, who was hit by a pitch, attempted to score from third when a pitch ricocheted off the backstop but was thrown out to end the inning.
Quad Cities roared back to take the lead in the fourth. The River Bandits loaded the bases with a single, fielder’s choice and two walks. Left fielder Jordan Scott lined a three-run triple, just off the top of the right-field wall. Manager Omar Lopez argued that the ball was off the railing above the yellow line, but base umpire Sean Allen didn’t agree.
Lake County came back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Designated hitter Eric Haase coaxed a one-out walk off of Quad Cities starter Colton Cain. Haase moved around the bases on a single and a groundout. Then, he scored on a RBI single by left fielder Todd Hankins.
Cain earned a no-decision, throwing four innings on Monday. His final line was six hits, three runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Daniel Minor entered for the fifth inning.
Baker, despite his command struggles, pitched five innings. He gave up three runs on four hits. He walked six batters and struck out three.
Jack Wagoner continued to struggle as he was lit up for the sixth inning. The first two men walked to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt, Scott plated both runners with a two-run single to center field. Scott stole second base and trotted home when shortstop Carlos Correa went deep against Wagoner.
Wagoner took the loss, after he surrendered four runs in his one inning.
DJ Brown blanked the opponent over three innings, only allowing one hit. Hankins robbed third baseman Rio Ruiz of a home run with a sensational leaping grab at the wall in the ninth.
The Captains scratched one more run across in the bottom of the ninth. Sever poked a two-out single through the right side. Third baseman Erik Gonzalez laced a RBI triple into the right-field corner. The final score was 7-4.
Minor picked up the win with two scoreless innings. Mitchell Lambson and Juan Minaya combined to throw three innings with one run allowed.
Lake County pounded out twelve hits on Monday. Eight players recorded hits while four of them had two-hit games.
The Captains will enjoy an off day on Tuesday and will be back in action on Wednesday Night in South Bend, IN. The Captains will start RHP Luis Dejesus (3-10, 6.41) and South Bend will counter with RHP Kyle Winkler (2-2, 4.02). First pitch is set for 7:05 PM.