EASTLAKE, Ohio – The Lake County Captains (4-9) could not generate any offense in their doubleheader Wednesday night as they were swept by the Peoria Chiefs (8-4) by a pair of 4-0 scores.
The Captains have dropped eight straight ballgames since their last win April 8.
In game one, Peoria hit Captains’ starter Dace Kime with a three spot in the third inning. Third baseman Michael Schulze opened the frame with a single and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Juan Herrera doubled home Schulze for the first run of the game. Catcher Carson Kelly walked and completed a double steal along with Herrera. Kime threw a pitch to the backstop, bringing home Herrera and right fielder Ronald Castillo singled home Kelly for a 3-0 lead.
Kime was hung with the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out one before Alexis Paredes entered for the fifth inning.
The Captains’ defense struggled to make plays in the sixth inning, giving away a run. Shortstop Paul Hendrix made his second error of the game, allowing Schulze to reach base. A pass ball by catcher Eric Haase moved him up 90 feet and then Haase threw the ball away to plate him.
Chiefs’ starter Nick Petree shut down the Captains with six shutout innings. He scattered four hits and two walks while striking out five. Kyle Barraclough worked out of a late seventh inning jam to keep the shutout alive.
Paredes surrendered one unearned run in three innings.
In the nightcap, the Captains’ offense was nearly non-existent as they only managed two hits.
Peoria jumped to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Right fielder Jimmy Bosco led off the inning with a triple, designated hitter Ronald Castillo singled home his fourth run of the series and, two batters later, Castillo crossed the plate on a RBI single by catcher Steve Bean.
The Chiefs added two more runs in the fifth inning to knock starter Jordan Milbrath out of the game. Bosco singled home two runs to end Milbrath’s night.
“Jordan pitched well tonight, he mixed his pitches very well throughout his outing,” manager Mark Budzinski said.
Arturo Reyes was terrific in the game with eight strikeouts and two hits allowed in six innings. Chris Thomas walked the tightrope to close the game.
“The last few games have been difficult, as they threw the ball around and kicked it around lately,” Budzinksi said. “I was very proud of them to come back in the second game and have a clean game.”
The Captains look to break the streak as they are scheduled to welcome the Burlington Bees to Classic Park Thursday. RHP Adam Plutko (0-0, 4.15) is set to toe the rubber for Lake County against RHP Clint Sharp (0-0, 3.24) for Burlington. First pitch Is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.