Captains shutout, 3-0
EASTLAKE – The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Lake County Captains by a score of 3-0. The Chiefs pitching was the story of the game. Starter P.J. Francescon (2-1) pitched six innings allowing just two hits. He did not walk a hitter, and did not allow a run to score. Francescon struck out nine Captains hitters and earned the win. The dominant start was a big part of the victory for the Chiefs.
In the first inning the leadoff hitter Pin- Chieh Chen bunted for a base hit and then with two outs and two batters later Paul Hoilman unloaded a homerun to the right center field lawn. The two run homer put the Chiefs in front early in the game. It was 2-0 Chiefs after one inning.
Peoria scored again when they plated a run in the top of the eighth inning. Oliver Zapata reached on a fielder’s choice and then was able to move to second on a walk and score on a two base throwing error by Robel Garcia. The Captains committed four errors on the night.
Captains starter Elvis Araujo (0-4) took the loss for Lake County. The line on Araujo was 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HRA. Araujo gave way to Rob Nixon. Nixon went 2.1 IP allowing one unearned run with three walks and struck out four. Grant Sides also pitched for the Captains pitching 1.1 Innings and striking out four. The Captains had 13 strike outs as a staff the most since opening night in Fort Wayne.
The Chiefs used two other pitchers besides Francescon. Bryce Shafer entered the ball game and pitched two innings and struck out three. He also just surrendered two hits. Andrew McKirahan earned the save his second as he pitched a perfect ninth inning. The Chiefs staff totaled 12 strike- outs on the night
The Captains stay at Classic Park on Saturday Afternoon at 1:00PM. The Captains will take on the Burlington Bees and send RHP Will Roberts (1-1, 3.75) to the mound against RHP Jose Macias (1-2, 5.40) for the Bees.