Captains fall to Loons, 6-2
The Captains fell to The Loons on Sunday 6-2, splitting the four game series with Great Lakes and ending the first half of their season with a 23-44 record. The Captains are off until their road trip to Dayton on June 20th.
Sunday’s game began with a pitching standoff. Indians' closer Chris Perez, on a rehab assignment from the Indians, started for Lake County. Perez allowed just two hits and struck out one. He only pitched the first inning to get his work in.
Great Lakes started their 16-year old phenom, Julio Arias, from Mexico. Urias only played three innings, allowing two hits, one of which was a home run to catcher Eric Haase.
“Looking at his numbers, he probably struggled a little more with command today than he has in the past,” said manager Scooter Tucker. “So it gave us an opportunity.”
Despite Lake County coming out early to score and put two runs on the board, they couldn’t hold off Great Lakes, and allowed four runs in the seventh inning. Haase started things off strong for Lake County, slamming his seventh homer of the season.
But the Captains couldn’t bring more players around to home throughout the rest of the game.
Overall, with the first half of the season closing Sunday, Tucker has some expectations for the second half. “I expect for a couple of these guys to continue to progress, both pitching staff wise and position players,” said Tucker.
“As far as a team expectation, no, because we know it’s so volatile and guys can go up and down and it can change the dynamic of your team overnight,” said Tucker.
With 70+ more games the rest of this season, Tucker hopes the second half is full of better play and more competitiveness.
The Captains are on an all-star break through Thursday, except for outfielder Logan Vick and pitcher Louis Head who are traveling to Dayton for Tuesday’s midwest league all-star game, set to start at 7:00pm.