Captains drop fifth straight, 8-4
EASTLAKE - The Lake County Captains fell behind early against the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost their fifth game in a row with an 8-4 loss at Classic Park in front of 2,172 fans.
The Captains drew first blood off of left-handed starter Ryan Carpenter. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez led off the inning with a double to left field and then shortstop Francisco Lindor scored Rodriguez with an RBI single to right field.
Bowling Green scored two runs in the second inning off of Captains’ right-handed starter Joe Colon. First baseman Cameron Seitzer led off the inning with a single and then designated hitter Taylor Motter hit a two-run home run to left field, his first of the year.
The Hot Rods added four more runs in the third inning. Third baseman Tyler Goeddel led off with a walk, second baseman Ryan Brett singled, and right fielder Drew Vettleson walked to load the bases with no outs. A fielding error by third baseman Leonardo Castillo allowed left fielder Todd Glaesmann to reach base and for Goeddel to score. Seitzer singled to left, scoring Brett and Vettleson. Motter followed with an RBI single of his own to plate Glaesmann.
Colon (1-1, 5.19 ERA) exited the game after 2.2 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out one.
Two more runs were scored by the Hot Rods in the fifth inning off of right-handed reliever Grant Sides. Motter doubled to center field and then centerfielder Joel Caminero singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Catcher Matt Rice doubled to score Motter, and then Castillo would make his second error of the day on a groundball by shortstop Jake Hager, which allowed Caminero to score on the play. The Hot Rods led 8-1 at the halfway point.
Lake County scored two runs in the bottom half of the fifth. Left fielder Bryson Myles singled to lead off the inning and then Rodriguez tripled Myles home with a line drive to right. Lindor singled and catcher Alex Monsalve would drive in Rodriguez with an RBI single to right field. Right fielder Jordan Smith loaded the bases with one out but the Captains were unable to capitalize.
Carpenter (1-1, 5.25) would finish five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking no one and struck out seven.
Sides would be replaced by right-handed reliever Mason Radeke in the sixth inning. Sides went 2.1 innings, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits. He allowed one walk and struck out one.
The Captains bullpen threw four shutout innings to end the game. Radeke went two innings, allowing two hits and one walk with one strikeout. Left-handed reliever Kyle Petter went two innings, walking three and striking out four.
In the ninth inning the Captains attempted to rally against reliever Charlie Cononie for the second time this series. Lindor singled with one out and advanced on a defensive indifference call. Monsalve doubled to bring home Lindor, but a Lavisky groundout and Smith lineout ended the game.
The Captains pounded out 11 hits. Lindor went 3-5 with three singles, one RBI and a run scored. Rodriguez went 2-5, with a double, triple, one RBI and two runs scored. Monsalve and Myles each had a single and double, respectively.
The Captains and Hot Rods play the final game of the series Sunday at Classic Park. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM. The pitching matchup is scheduled to be right-hander Cody Anderson for the Captains and right-hander Roberto Gomez for Bowling Green.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.