EASTLAKE, OH- The Great Lakes Loons (26-16, 53-59) scored two runs in the second inning that were more than enough and scored five more runs throughout the game to take down the Lake County Captains (19-23, 42-67) 7-1 on Sunday night, The Captains only managed three hits.
Jake Sisco made the start for Lake County as he looked to improve after his disastrous outing last week. He was opposed by southpaw Miguel Sulbaran for the Loons.
As mentioned before, the Loons took an early 2-0 lead in the second. First baseman Tyler Ogle led off the inning with a single to center field. The center fielder LeVon Washington bobbled the ball before allowing Ogle second base. Designated hitter Aaron Miller lined a RBI double to score Ogle from second. Two groundouts later, Miller crossed the plate as the second run.
Sulbaran held the Captains hitless through his three innings of work. He struck out three batters as he only allowed one baserunner, who reached on an error. Jonathan Martinez entered the game for the fourth.
The Captains managed their only run of the night in the fourth. Second baseman Todd Hankins opened the inning with a bloop single to right. Hankins stole second base before moving to third on a overthrow by the catcher of Great Lakes. Right fielder Logan Vick hit a fly ball 323 feet to right field, deep enough to plate Hankins with a sacrifice fly,
The Loons put the game away with two more runs in the fifth inning. Second baseman Kevin Taylor and left fielder Malcolm Holland both singled. On a double play attempt, Hankins missed the catch at second base allowing Taylor to score from second. Right fielder Jeremy Rathjen, who reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs, got involved in a rundown at second base. While they were occupied with Rathjen, Holland was able to score on the play before Rathjen was tagged out.
Sisco pitched into the sixth inning before being hooked from the game. After a walk to Ogle, Jack Wagoner was summoned from the bullpen to try and end the inning.
Sisco allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in five and one-third innings of work. He walked two and struck out four in his ninth loss of the year.
Great Lakes touched Wagoner for three runs in the seventh inning. Newly added shortstop Brandon Twinkwon lined a two-run double to right field while a sacrifice fly by Rathjen accounted for all the scoring in the frame.
Josh Tomlin made his second rehab appearance in Lake County with a perfect eighth inning. Grant Sides followed with a scoreless ninth.
Martinez threw six innings of one-run ball for Great Lakes. He gave up only one on three hits and two walks to earn his second win of the year.
The Captains only had three hits, two of them were doubles. Designated hitter Richard Stock did not get a hit, breaking his 15 game hitting streak. But he did walk once to keep his 16 game on-base streak intact.
Lake County will be back in action on Monday night to take on the Great Lakes Loons in the third game of a four game set. The Captains will start LHP Ryan Merritt (6-9, 3.61) and Great Lakes will counter with RHP Brandon Martinez (1-2, 4.44) First Pitch is at 7:00 PM from Classic Park.