EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (20-23, 43-67) scored three runs in three different innings to build a 11-0 lead in the eighth inning. The Great Lakes Loons (26-17, 53-60) scored four in the ninth but the game was more than over. The Captains snapped a three game losing streak with a 11-4 win on Monday night.
Back-to-back doubles by shortstop Dorssys Paulino and right fielder Logan Vick led to the Captains first run in the bottom of the first.
Lefty Ryan Merritt made the start for Lake County. As a part of an innings limit, Merritt threw three innings before being piggybacked by Luis Morel. Merritt gave up one hit, a single in the second inning.
Catcher Eric Haase singled in the fourth before an error allowed him to move to third. A groundout by second baseman Todd Hankins plated Haase for a 2-0 lead.
A three-run fifth inning turned a two run lead into a five run lead for Lake County. Two singles opened the inning before a double play wiped out one runner. First baseman Joe Sever doubled home one runner and he scored on designated hitter Richard Stock’s sixth homerun of the year. Stock had a two-run shot to right field.
Loons’ starter Brandon Martinez took the loss with five innings. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Rob Rogers followed Martinez to the mound in the sixth.
Lake County greeted Rogers with a three-run frame. Rogers threw two wild pitches that led to a run. Sever and Paulino each had a RBI single as well.
Rogers surrendered three runs on five hits in one plus inning. Rogers allowed two straight singled to open the seventh. Razor Shines hooked him in favor of Alan Garcia.
A weird turn of events unfolded in the eighth inning. The Captains loaded the bases against Garcia with no outs. Stock drove home two runs with a single that deflected off the pitcher’s hand. A double play scored the final run before Shines made a call to the bullpen. First baseman Tyler Ogle took the mound in place of Garcia, who left with a injured hand. Ogle walked the first batter but ended the inning with a pop out. Garcia was charged with three runs in one and two-thirds innings.
Morel threw five no-hit innings in relief with three walks and four strikeouts. Jimmy Stokes took a four-run beating in the ninth inning.
Great Lakes used two homeruns to score four runs in the ninth. Shortstop Brandon Twinkwon hit his first Low-A homerun and designated hitter Aaron Miller hit his sixth homer. Twinkwon’s was a solo shot while Miller’s was of the three-run variety.
The Captains outhit the Loons 16-6 on Monday night. Paulino had a 4-4 game while Sever followed with three hits. Eight out of the nine players in the lineup reached base at least once.
Lake County and Great Lakes will end the four game series on Tuesday afternoon. RHP Dylan Baker (6-6, 4.03) will make the start against 16-year old LHP Julio Arias (2-0, 2.83) for the Loons. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 at Classic Park.