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Game Recaps 5/29: Blair a witch for Lake County

Game Recaps 5/29: Blair a witch for Lake County
May 30, 2011
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Kyle Blair (Photo: Lianna Holub)
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Blair Beats WhiteCaps 3-1

Kyle Blair tossed six scoreless innings and struck out a career high nine on Sunday afternoon at Classic Park for his third win of the season. Lake County defeated West Michigan 3-1 in front of 3,408 fans.

The Captains took the lead in the bottom half of the first inning, taking advantage or two WhiteCap errors. Alex Monsalve drove in the games first run with an infield single scoring Levon Washington. Anthony Gallas hit his league leading 21st double of the season to score Jesus Aguilar to make it 2-0, Lake County. Gallas extended his hit streak to a season twelve straight games.

Lake County added a huge insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring another unearned run. Monsalve hit into a fielder’s choice a throwing error allowed Washington to score from third to make it 3-0.

Steven Moya erased the shutout with a solo homerun to leftfield his second of the season making it 3-1.

Kyle Blair (3-3) turned around his rough month of May with a gem, tossing six scoreless innings allowing just five hits, walking two and striking out a career high nine. Clayton Ehlert pitched the ninth inning allowing a run on one hit for his ninth save of the season. Antonio Cruz (1-5) put together a solid outing but suffered the loss going six innings, allowing two runs, both unearned on five hits, walking one and striking out four.

Lake County and West Michigan will wrap up the long weekend series on Monday afternoon at Classic with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00PM. In game one, it will be LHP Mike Rayl (4-0) for the Captains against RHP Josue Carreno (1-6) for the WhiteCaps. In the second game, it will be TBA for both clubs.

Webb Eludes Tag, Helps Aeros Walk-off

Donnie Webb eluded a tag at the plate on a Chun Chen infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Akron Aeros beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in walk-off fashion Sunday at Canal Park.

Former first-round pick Adam Miller picked up the win for the Aeros pitching one scoreless inning of relief.

Right-hander Jason Stoffel allowed the run in the bottom of the ninth inning and suffered the loss for the Squirrels.

Righty Joe Gardner got the start for Akron and gave the Aeros eight quality innings allowing just one earned run on six hits and striking out six while walking one.

The Squirrels (24-25) scored a run in the top of the first inning on a Roger Kieschnick solo home run.

The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Jordan Henry reached on an error and Tim Fedroff moved him to second with a single. Matt McBride followed with an RBI single scoring Henry and tying the game 1-1.

The Aeros (24-27) won in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two out in the frame, Webb singled and Juan Diaz walked. Chun Chen followed with an infield single and Webb scored all the way from second to win the game.

The Aeros and Squirrels will play the final game of this four-game series Monday. Akron will turn to righty Austin Adams, who is 4-4 with a 2.81 ERA this season. He will face fellow right-hander Justin Fitzgerald, who is 4-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 2011. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

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