EASTLAKE, Ohio – The Lake County Captains (22-38) swept a doubleheader on Thursday night from the Fort Wayne TinCaps (26-31) at Classic Park. The Captains took the first game 6-3 and came back to win the nightcap 6-4.
Lake County has swept two doubleheaders this season.
Indians right-hander Zach McAllister made his first rehab appearance with the Captains in game one. McAllister worked around a single in the first but ran into trouble in the second inning.
Lake County used a four-run third inning to take the lead in the game and knock out the Fort Wayne starter. Second baseman Claudio Bautista lined a one-out double down the left field line. Catcher Eric Haase walked to put two runners on base. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez singled home Bautista before designated hitter Anthony Santander walked to load the bases. Left fielder Dorssys Paulino cleared the bases with a three-run double. Newly added right fielder Logan Vick singled before starter Adrian De Horta left the game. Justin Livengood came in and ended the inning.
De Horta took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in two and two thirds innings. He walked three and struck out four. Livengood pitched two and one third innings of scoreless ball in relief.
McAllister pitched into the fifth inning before hitting his pitch limit. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson led off with a single and stole second base before coming home on a RBI single by third baseman Dustin Peterson. Caleb Hamrick relieved McAllister with two on and one out. Hamrick retired the final two batters of the frame but Fort Wayne cut the lead to one.
McAllister’s final line was 4.1 innings, nine hits, three runs allowed, one walk and four strikeouts.
Lake County added two runs in the sixth against Eric Yardley. Shortstop Ivan Castillo singled, stole second and moved to third on a single by Bautista. Bautista stole second base before the second out of the inning. Haase struck with a two-run single to cap the scoring in game one at 6-3.
Hamrick picked up the win, his second of the year, with two and two third innings of shutout baseball. Hamrick only allowed one hit and struck out one.
Lively gave up two runs on three hits in his only inning of work.
Bautista had three hits in game one while Paulino added two hits for the Captains.
In the nightcap, Lake County completed the sweep with a 6-4 comeback win. The Captains fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the third inning and scored in four straight innings.
The TinCaps opened a 2-0 lead in the second on a solo homerun by first baseman Jake Bauers and a RBI single by second baseman Josh VanMeter. Another run was added in the third on a RBI double by right fielder Franmil Reyes.
In the third, the home team stormed back to tie the game with three runs. The runs were scored by a sacrifice fly by second baseman Claudio Bautista, a RBI single by shortstop Paul Hendrix and a fielding error.
Fort Wayne regained the lead with a run in the fourth when left fielder Luis Tejeda singled home a run from second base.
Catcher Richard Stock tied the game again in the fourth with a RBI single to center field.
Lake County added a run in the fifth on a wild pitch and an insurance run in the sixth on a RBI triple by left fielder Dorssys Paulino.
Whitehouse threw three scoreless innings in relief despite allowing two hits and three walks.
Paulino had two hits in the second game to have four hits on the day. Six other players had a hit in the nightcap.
The Captains are set to look for the sweep of Fort Wayne Friday night at Classic Park. Midwest League All-Star RHPJordan Milbrath is scheduled to make the start for Lake County against RHP Ronald Herrera of Fort Wayne. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.