MIDLAND, MI- The Great Lakes Loons (22-13, 49-56) used a big six-run second inning on Saturday night to take a early 6-2 lead and hang on to defeat the Lake County Captains (16-18, 39-62) 7-4. The loss was the Captains third overall and tenth to the Loons this year.
Two batters into the game, Lake County struck for the first run of the evening. Second baseman Todd Hankins lined a leadoff double into left field. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino put the Captains ahead with a RBI single.
Catcher Eric Haase opened the second inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single. Left fielder Nick Hamilton grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base, allowing Haase to score for a 2-0 lead.
The Loons sent eleven men to the plate while they scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning. The damage came on RBI singles by catcher Jose Capellan, shortstop Corey Seager, and designated hitter Aaron Miller. Left fielder Robbie Garvey had a two-run single and a wild pitch also plated a run. All six runs came with two outs in the inning.
Captains’ starter Dylan Baker did not pitch out of the second inning. He lost his sixth game after he allowed six runs on eight hits in one and two thirds innings. He walked two and did not retire a batter via the strikeout. D.J. Brownfinished the inning with a fly out.
On the Loons side, starter Julio Arias only threw two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Geoff Brown entered for the third inning.
Paulino added his second RBI of the night and 33rd of the season with a RBI double in the third inning. The Captains cut the lead to 6-3 going to the fourth.
Brown earned his fourth win of the year, after he threw four innings of relief work. He gave up the one run and scattered three hits and three walks.
Lake County scratched one more run across in the seventh inning off of Loons’ reliever Arismendy Ozoria. Ozoria retired the first two batters before giving up a two-out walk to center fielder Logan Vick. Vick stole second base and crossed the plate on a RBI double by first baseman Joe Sever.
Ozoria allowed one run in two-thirds innings before Owen Jones ended the inning.
Brown threw four and one-third scoreless innings, only giving up two hits in the process. Southpaw Kyle Crockettserved up a home run to Seager in the seventh inning, his ninth of the year. The score was 7-4 after seven innings.
Jones and Craig Stem shut the Captains out over the last two plus innings. Stem earned his fourteenth save with a scoreless ninth.
After Crockett’s run in the seventh, Cody Penny pitched a scoreless inning in the loss.
The Captains were outhit 12-10 on Saturday night. Paulino, Vick and third baseman Zach MacPhee all had two hits on the night.
The Captains and the Loons will continue the three-game series on Sunday afternoon. The Captains will start RHPRobbie Aviles (3-3, 4.26) and Great Lakes will counter with RHP Chris Anderson (2-0, 1.96). First Pitch is at 3:05 PM from Dow Diamond.