Captains win fifth straight, beat River Bandits 7-1
DAVENPORT, IA- The Lake County Captains (14-11, 45-49) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and Shawn Morimando pitched six great innings to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits (13-12, 48-46) on Thursday night, 7-1. With the win Lake County matched a season high with five straight wins.
The starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game were left-hander Shawn Morimando (3-2, 3.74) for the Captains - the 2010 Midwest League champions, and right-hander Sam Gaviglio (5-6, 4.97) took the mound for the River Bandits -the defending Midwest League champions.
Lake County drew first blood in the top of the fourth inning. Catcher Alex Lavisky led off the inning with a two bagger down the left field line. Left fielder Zach MacPhee moved the runner over with a groundout to second. Second baseman Jose Ramirez tripled to deep center field, scoring Lavisky for the early 1-0 lead. Shortstop Francisco Lindor scored Ramirez with his 19th double of the season to left field. Right fielder Jordan Smith walked to put runners on first and second but first baseman Jerrud Sabourin grounded into an inning ending double play.
The Captains added three more runs in the fifth inning. Ramirez walked to begin the frame. Lindor and Smith followed with back to back singles to load the bases. Sabourin was called out on the infield fly rule. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez grounded a ball to first baseman David Bergin, and threw to second to force Smith out at second base. Shortstop Matt Williams attempted to throw Rodriguez out at first but Gaviglio missed the catch, allowing Rodriguez to reach. Ramirez and Lindor both scored on the play.
Ricky Martinez relieved Gaviglio with two outs in the inning. Rodriguez stole second base, and moved to third base on a wild pitch by Martinez. Martinez threw his second wild pitch of the inning, plating Rodriguez from third.
Gaviglio (5-7, 5.22) took the loss. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Quad Cities scored a run in the sixth inning without a hit. Centerfielder Nick Martini was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved him 90 feet up. Third baseman Stephen Piscotty was also hit by a Morimando pitch. Left fielder Anthony Garcia flew out to right field, moving Martini to third. Martini scored on a fielding error by Lindor. Second baseman Luis Mateo then grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Captains regained the run in the seventh inning. Lindor walked and moved to second base on a Martinez wild pitch. Smith singled to right field to score Lindor and make it a 6-1 game.
Morimando (4-2, 3.55) came out of the game after six innings of work. Morimando surrendered one run on three hits to pick up the victory. He walked two and struck out four. He also hit two batters and had one wild pitch. Manuel Carmona relieved Morimando in the seventh.
Ethan Cole came into the game following Martinez for Quad Cities and the Captains began to hit Cole from the start. Ramirez singled to center field to begin the inning. A Cole wild pitch moved him to second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Smith lined a single to left field to score Ramirez. The Captains would load the bases with another single and a hit batter but could not muster another run.
Jeff Johnson came into the game in the ninth inning. Designated hitter Anthony Melchionda reached on a fielding error by third baseman Todd Hankins. First baseman Jeremy Patton walked to put runners on first and second with two outs, but Johnson struck out right fielder David Medina to end the game.
The Captains pounded out 13 hits on the night. Smith had a 3-for-4 game with two RBI to push his average to .322. Ramirez, Lindor and Bryson Myles each added two hits apiece. Hankins added two stolen bases to make his season total 25.
The three game series will continue Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park. Lake County will send RHP Mason Radeke (5-3, 3.12) to face LHP Hector Hernandez (6-5, 4.31) for Quad Cities. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.