MIDLAND – The Lake County Captains fell victim to a Sunday sweep as they lost both games of a double-header against the Great Lakes Loons.
Both games were shortened to seven innings apiece, and both games featured solid pitching match-ups.
Right-hander Jake Sisco (0-1, 1.93) took the bump for the Captains to counter Great Lakes’ righty Jharel Cotton (0-1, 10.13) in the first game.
It was a low-scoring affair as both teams accumulated just five hits each. The Captains came close to scoring in the seventh inning when second baseman Joe Sever doubled to left and designated hitter Leonardo Castillo was intentionally walked, but Great Lakes’ design took full effect as they recorded the force play on a groundball for the final out.
The Loons walked off with the win in their share of the seventh when shortstop Corey Seager led off with a single and scored after a sacrifice bunt and single to end the game 1-0.
The Captains’ offensive issues carried over into the second game as they crafted just one hit, despite a solid outing from starter Dylan Baker (0-2, 4.20).
The Loons scored first as Seager and left fielder Pat Stover laced a pair of back-to-back singles. A fielding error by shortstop Dorssys Paulino loaded the bags, and catcher Dashenko Ricardo laid down a sacrifice bunt to score the runner.
Great Lakes’ starter Ralston Cash dominated the Captains’ line-up through five innings, relinquishing just the one run on one hit, four walks and eight strike-outs.
The Loons tacked on another in the fifth when centerfielder James Baldwin led off with a bunt single and advanced to third as the Captains’ defense committed another costly mistake in the form of a throwing error by third baseman Erik Gonzalez. The Loons took advantage of the blunder as second baseman Malcolm Holland followed with a single to center to score Baldwin, giving the Loons the 2-0 lead.
Baker also produced a solid start through six innings. He surrendered seven hits, but just two runs (neither earned) and struck out six.
The Captains attempted a comeback in the sixth as centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez and shortstop Dorssys Paulino drew back-to-back walks, which ended the day for Cash, who was relieved by Luis Meza. Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt to push both runners into scoring position and Rodriguez scored as designated hitter Nellie Rodriguez grounded out to first, cutting the Loons’ lead to 2-1.
That was all Great Lakes’ reliever Scott Griggs needed in the seventh as he retired the side to secure the Loons with the sweep.
Next, the Captains head to Comstock Park to take on the West Michigan Whitecaps. Righty Luis DeJesus (0-1, 4.80) will start for the Captains against West Michigan righty Edgar De La Rosa (1-0, 5.87).
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.