EASTLAKE, OH – The Lake County Captains (5-10) fell behind the Burlington Bees (8-6) early in the game and could not catch back up as they fell 5-2 on Friday night in front of 1,534 fans at Classic Park. With the loss, the Captains have dropped nine of the last ten games since starting the season 4-1.
The Bees stung first with a two-run first inning against Captains’ starter Mitch Brown. Second baseman Kody Eaves opened the frame with a walk. Left fielder Chad Hinshaw moved Eaves to third with a single. Center fielder Mark Shannon grounded out to first, scoring Eaves from third. First baseman Eric Aguilera continued the inning with a single. Aguilera was caught stealing second base in a rundown, but Hinshaw scored on the throw.
Burlington added a run in the second inning to open a 3-0 lead on the home team. Catcher Anthony Benboom tripled down the right field line to lead off. Three batters later, shortstop Erick Salcedo grounded out into a fielder’s choice, plating Benboom.
Brown ran into more trouble in the fifth inning before departing the game. Designated hitter Exicardo Cayones walked and moved to third on a one-out double by Eaves. Brown’s second wild pitch of the game scored Cayones. A passed ball got past catcher Eric Haase, bringing home Eaves. The passed ball signaled the end of Brown’s night. Matt Whitehouse entered the game and got the final two outs of the inning.
Brown was hung with his second loss of the season as he gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in four and one third innings. He walked four and struck out four to go along with a hit batter and two wild pitches.
On the visitor’s side of the field, Bees’ starter Michael Clevinger held the Captains at bay with four hits allowed in five innings. He fanned four Captains batters for his first win of 2014.
Alfonso Alcantara began the sixth on the mound.
The Captains finally dented the scoreboard with a run in the sixth as they took advantage of Alcantara’s erratic pitching. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino reached on a wild pitch on a strike three. Two consecutive wild pitches moved Paulino all the way to third. Haase grounded out, bringing home Paulino for the run.
Whitehouse allowed two base runners the rest of the game, one hit and one walk, as he kept the Bees scoreless through four and two third innings. He struck out six batters to close out the game.
Lake County loaded the bases in the bottom half of the ninth inning with a single and two walks following a strikeout. Alcantara was relieved by Alan Busenitz. Center fielder Clint Frazier drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Alcantara was charged with two runs on two hits in three and one third innings.
Busenitz retired the final two batters to pick up his third save.
The Captains had six hits in the game, including two doubles. Second baseman Paul Hendrix led the Captains with two hits. The Captains left nine men on base as they went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Captains and Bees will take part in the rubber game of the series on Saturday afternoon. Southpaw Luis Lugo (0-2, 12.71) will toe the rubber for Lake County against RHP Garrett Nutt (0-0, 2.45) for Burlington. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.