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Captains fall 6-2 to Lugnuts

Captains fall 6-2 to Lugnuts
May 16, 2013
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EASTLAKE - After falling to the Lugnuts on Tuesday 7-4 and dominating them 13-4 on Wednesday, the Captains could not close the series with a victory Thursday and fell to the Lugnuts 6-2. 

These three games were nothing short of dramatic for both teams, both full of errors and missed opportunities from both dugouts.

“It’s not really based on wins and loses, at least not for us," Captains manager Scooter Tucker said.  "What I saw in those games is all three games were given away with errors.”

Those errors set the pace for how both teams continued to perform in those respective games as well. Four errors from the Lugnuts on Wednesday, four errors for the Captains on Tuesday and two errors again on Thursday.

“That’s the thing we’re trying to teach these young guys, you cannot give teams extra at bats," Tucker said.  "Easier said than done, but they have to have that mentality."

That mentality is something Tucker said this season will teach them, and something they will learn over time in this league. 

Despite the two losses during the series the Captains gained some positives as well. 

Michael Peoples had his first professional start, Claudio Bautista hit a grand slam and Wednesday’s games had powerful six and seven run innings. 

Strong, dominating innings were also a big part of this series. With those two big scoring innings from Wednesdays game for the Captains, the Lugnuts came back for a fight Thursday scoring four of their five runs during the fourth inning. 

Runs were scored by first baseman Kevin Patterson, right fielder Carlos Ramirez, second baseman Kellen Sweeney and third baseman Gustavo Pierre. Sweeney also scored the Lugnuts final run, hitting a homer down the right field line during the eighth inning. 

Overall, Tucker said these three games were a perfect example of why allowing extra hits can be beneficial or detrimental to a teams mental state during play.

The series loss brings the Captains' record to 12-24 on the season. The Captains seven game homestand continues Friday with a four game series against Fort Wayne.

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