Captains blow early lead in 7-4 loss
People allows three earned runs in debut
The Captains couldn’t take the victory from the Lansing Lugnuts and fell 7-4 on Tuesday.
The Captains were up 3-2 over the Lugnuts after the first inning, and the team looked promising considering the 8-0 and 6-1 losses they endured to Bowling Green earlier in the week.
Tuesday’s game marked the first professional start for right handerMichael Peoples.
“He threw the ball pretty well,” said manager Scooter Tucker. “He’s pitched well for us and he’s commanded hitters.” Peoples did not earn the win, but pitched for four innings. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs.
After Peoples came out, D.J. Brown stepped in, but only pitched one inning and allowed four unearned runs on just three hits.
This game was commanded by hits and errors, but not as much by runs earned. Combined, both teams had 20 hits and five errors.
After all of the first innings' action, the second inning saw the contest slow down a bit from the grueling pace set earlier. But the third inning had the Captains coming back strong to add insurance to their one-run lead. Right Fielder Anthony Santander doubled in the bottom of the third, followed by a single from catcher Richard Stock to bring Santander home.
The Lugnuts didn’t wait long to come back and fight for their victory though. The top of the fourth started with two outs from second baseman Kellen Sweeney and designated hitter Kevin Patterson. Third baseman Gustavo Pierrefollowed with a single next, followed by another single from catcher Aaron Munoz. Shortstop Emilio Guerrerosingled to bring Pierre home and finish the inning for the Lugnuts.
The Captains didn’t add any insurance to their 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the fourth and kept the score the same until the start of the fifth inning, which the Lugnuts just took and ran with.
All nine of the Lugnuts' lineup came up to bat during the top of the fifth inning, and their four earned runs show why their offense was so powerful in their victory.
Left fielder Dwight Smith singled to start of the strong fifth inning. Right fielder Carlos Ramirez walked and then first baseman Balbino Fuenmayor singled to bring Smith home and tie the game 4-4. Sweeney singled and Patterson walked, and then Pierre stepped up but swung out.
Next Munoz singled to bring Fuenmayor and Sweeney home and but the Lugnuts up 6-4. The inning finished with Guerrero singling to bring Munoz home and center fielder Dalton Pompey hitting a pop fly to finish the inning with the Lugnuts up 7-4.
That 7-4 score was maintained for the rest of the game despite more hits and errors coming from both teams. The Lugnuts held off the Captains and took their 13th victory of the season.
Wednesday’s game, the second game of the series, is an early 11am start for both teams back at Classic Park. The Captains will start Blake Wood, who will be relieved by Vinnie Pestano, both are rehabing for The Indians.