EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (23-25, 46-69) took the opening game of a three game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-20, 67-50) on Saturday night by a final score of 6-5. The Captains used a homerun by right fielder Logan Vick in the bottom of the seventh inning after Bowling Green tied the game with a three run top of the seventh.
The Captains drew first blood in the second inning. The first two batters of the frame reached on a single and walk, respectively. Left fielder Jorge Martinez followed with a three-run homerun to left field. Martinez’s shot was his sixth of the year and third of the three run variety.
Bowling Green got a run back in the third inning on a RBI triple by designated hitter Luke Maile to score right fielder Joey Rickard.
With the bases-loaded and one out in the third inning, the Captains had the chance to blow the game open with Martinez at the plate. Martinez sent a ball to the third baseman Tyler Goeddel, could not field the ball cleanly, bringing home two runs and ending his starter’s night. Austin Pruitt was brought in to relieve lefty Stone Speer, who made his first start. Pruitt ended the inning with the final two outs.
Speer gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits in two and one third innings. He walked five and did not strike out a batter,
Captains’ starter and southpaw Ryan Merritt exited after his normal three innings of work. Merritt allowed one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Luis Morel came in for his usual piggyback with Merritt.
The Hot Rods began to come back with a run in the sixth inning. Second baseman Thomas Coyle lined a one-out single to left field. After a strikeout, left fielder Marty Gantt doubled Coyle home for a 5-2 deficit.