EASTLAKE, Ohio – The Peoria Chiefs (6-5) took full advantage of seven Captains errors and a few rain delays to defeat the Lake County Captains (4-7) 9-6 Monday night at Classic Park. The game featured nearly two hours of delays due to weather.
The Captains have now dropped six straight games.
Following a 92-minute delay due to rain, the Chiefs put a four-spot on Captains’ starter Luis Lugo. Centerfielder C.J. McElroy led off the game with a single. Catcher Carson Kelly coaxed a one-out walk to move McElroy to second. Rightfielder Ronald Castillodoubled home McElroy to put the first run on the board. Lugo walked another batter to load the bases. Second baseman Mason Katzcleared the bases with a three-run double to center field.
After the end of the first inning, home-plate umpire Adrian Gonzalez called for the tarp as the skies opened up. The game was delayed for 27 minutes.
The Chiefs led 5-0 after an inning and a half.
The Captains gained a run back in the bottom half of the inning. The first two batters reached before right fielder Josh McAdams singled home a run.
Lugo only pitched two innings before coming out of the game.
Lake County loaded the bases in the third inning but could not muster a run across the plate. McAdams was called out on strikes to end the third inning and was ejected from the game.
In the fourth inning, Peoria opened up a five run lead over the Captains. McElroy led off with a single, his third of the night, and he moved to second on an error by third baseman Grant Fink. A single by Kelly moved him to third and a groundout by Castillo scored him.
Chiefs’ starter Alex Reyes, rated the No. 7 Cardinals prospect by Baseball America, allowed one run on two hits and five walks with five strikeouts in three innings. Kevin Herget entered in the fourth inning for the visitors.
The Captains loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two outs. Fink made up for his error earlier in the game with a grand slam to left field to make it a one run game at 6-5.
Aviles kept the Captains in the game with four solid innings of relief. He surrendered one run on four hits before making way for lefty Wander Beras.
The Chiefs added three more insurance runs in the eighth inning to distance themselves from the Captains. The eighth Captains error of the game and Fink’s second error allowed a run to score. A sacrifice fly and a wild pitch spelled the end for the home team. Beras gave up three runs (two earned) in two innings.
Herget allowed four runs, all unearned, on two hits in two and thirds innings of relief to pick up the win. Zach Loraineallowed one run in two and one third innings for his second save.
Ben Heller entered and threw a scoreless ninth inning with the Captains down four runs.
Catcher Eric Haase took Loraine deep in the bottom of the ninth for his second homerun of the season to cap the scoring at 9-6.
The Captains only had five hits in the game. In fact, they had more errors then hits on the night including four by Paulino.
Lake County is scheduled to continue the series with Peoria Tuesday night. RHP Dace Kime (0-2, 17.05) is seet make the start for Lake County as he is scheduled to face RHP Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00) for the Chiefs. First pitch from Classic Park is set for 6:35 p.m.