Captains and Silver Hawks split wild doubleheader
EASTLAKE, OH- The Lake County Captains (33-26, 64-64) and South Bend Silver Hawks (30-29, 65-64) managed a split of Thursday’s twinbill at Classic Park. Lake County escaped with an 8-5 win in the first game. South Bend took the nightcap with a 9-3 win. Lake County is tied for the first playoff spot in the league. South Bend is now three games behind the Captains.
In game one, the Captains scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings and held on after a hectic ninth inning to beat the Silver Hawks, 8-5.
The Captains scored the first run of the night in the bottom of the second. Designated hitter Bryson Myles walked and moved to second on a single by centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Catcher Alex Lavisky laid down a sacrifice bunt to the third base side of the mound. Silver Hawks starter Andrew Barbosa (2-4, 4.78) attempted a play and dropped the ball before the throw. Lavisky reached on the error, loading the bases. Left fielder Zach MacPhee plated Myles with a sacrifice fly to center field.
South Bend answered back with one run in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Eric Groff walked to lead off the inning. A wild pitch by Captains’ starter Elvis Araujo (7-9, 4.90) advanced him to second. A groundout moved the runner to third. Center fielder Chris Ellison grounded out to short, scoring Groff.
Lake County put three runs on the board in the fourth. Rodriguez bombed his eleventh homerun of the year, a solo shot to left field. Lavisky singled and scored on MacPhee’s RBI triple.
Barbosa came out of the game following MacPhee’s at-bat. Barbosa threw three and one third innings to take the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. Reliever Matt Sample came in to face second baseman Jose Ramirez. Right fielder Jordan Smith drove in MacPhee for his 67th RBI of the year with a single to second base. Lake County led 4- after four innings.
The Captains scored four runs in the fifth for an 8-1 lead. A fielder’s choice by Rodriguez and a single by Lavisky put runners on first and second with one out. Sample threw a wild pitch, advancing the runners up ninety feet. MacPhee walked to load the bases. Ramirez drove in two with a single to center field.
Sample came out of the game and was replaced by reliever Jake Barrett. Sample allowed four runs on four hits in one and one third innings. He walked two and struck out two. Barrett threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits.
Lindor welcomed Barrett with a RBI single, scoring MacPhee. Smith drove in his second run of the game with a single to right field.
Araujo threw five and a third strong innings. He allowed one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out four. Manny Carmona came in and finished the sixth with a double play.
South Bend fired back with four runs in the seventh. Carmona hit designated hitter Roidany Aguila with a pitch. A wild pitch moved Aguila to second base. Groff plated Aguila with a RBI single to left field. Catcher Zach Jones followed with a single. Ellison walked to load the bases. Shortstop Sean Jamieson and right fielder Tom Belza each walked in a run with the bases loaded.
While Belza was at bat, Silver Hawks manager Mark Haley was ejected for arguing balls and strikes by home plate J.J. Bilinski. Haley threw a tantrum at home plate, giving the fans a show before leaving the field.
Carmona left the game with the bases loaded. Closer Enosil Tejeda came in to pitch the final out. First baseman Matt Helm walked in a run, with Ellison coming home. Third baseman Ryan Court struck out swinging to preserve the win.
Carmona allowed four runs on two hits in one and one third innings. He walked three and struck out one. Tejeda picked up his sixth save with a one out save.
Smith added three of the team’s 12 hits in the first game. Lindor, Rodriguez and Lavisky had two apiece.
In the nightcap, South Bend took advantage of a big inning when they scored five runs in the third inning. They went on to take the game by a final score of 9-2.
The Silver Hawks took an early lead. A double error by Cody Anderson (4-7, 3.30), the Captains starting pitcher allowed a run to score in the second inning.
Lake County tied the ballgame in the bottom half of the frame. Right fielder Bryson Myles walked with two outs. Following a single, left fielder Zach MacPhee drove in his 24th run of the year with a RBI single.
South Bend blew the game open in the third. Anderson allowed back-to-back walks to center fielder Chris Ellison and shortstop Sean Jamieson. Anderson left the game with a suspected injury. Right-handed reliever Francisco Valera entered the game.
A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. First baseman Matt Helm plated Ellison with a sacrifice fly to left field. Jamieson scored on a fielding error by third baseman Yhoxian Medina. Third baseman Ryan Court walked and stole second base, his sixth steal of the year. Left fielder Kerry Jenkins was hit by a pitch. Catcher Roidany Aguila lined a two-run double to left field, bringing home Court and Jenkins. Second baseman Eric Groff plated Aguila with a double into the left field corner. South Bend led 6-1 after two and a half innings.
Anderson took the loss, throwing two plus innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on only one hit. Cody gave up three walks and struck out three batters.
Designated hitter Jordan Smith plated second baseman Jose Ramirez with a RBI single. Smith has 69 RBI’s on the year. Later in the third inning, Myles was ejected by home plate umpire Ben Guttenberger for arguing. Medina moved to right field as Leonardo Castillo entered at the hot corner.
South Bend starter Jesse Darrah pitched 3.1 innings to get a no decision. Darrah gave up two runs on four hits. Three batters were walked and four batters were retired via the strikeout. J.R. Bradley (7-8, 5.90) entered the game and closed out the ball game.
The Silver Hawks gained three more runs in the sixth inning. Shortstop Niko Gallego singled to lead off the inning. Jamieson walked with one out. A wild pitch moved the runners over. Right fielder Tom Belza launched his seventh homerun of the year, a three-shot shot to center field.
In the bottom of the sixth, Smith was ejected for arguing a third strike call.
Valera exited the game for the seventh inning. Valera surrendered six runs on six hits in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four. Right-hander Cody Penny came in for the final inning. Penny worked a perfect seventh inning.
Jerrud Sabourin singled to start the bottom of the seventh inning. Castillo lined a one-out triple to right field, concluding the scoring at 9-3.
Bradley got the win, throwing 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. He allowed one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five.
The Captains had nine hits on the nightcap. Ramirez, Castillo and MacPhee all put two hits on the board.
The Captains and Silver Hawks will conclude the four game series on Friday night at Classic Park. RHP Nick Pasquale (2-0, 1.96) will make his second start (eighth appearance) for Lake County and South Bend will counter with RHP Conrad Flynn (0-0, 6.43). Flynn is making his second start of the season. First pitch is set for 7:00 PM.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.