Captains Notebook: Captains get crucial Game 1 victory
Only one game truly mattered this past week and the Lake County Captains made it count. On Wednesday, the team sealed the first of a three-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks to gain an edge in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. The 6-2 victory on Sept. 3 was led by a potent offense and lights out pitching from Mitch Brown, Robbie Aviles and closer Trevor Frank.
Now, the two teams head to South Bend, Ind. for Game 2 on Thursday. Anderson Polanco (3-0, 1.95) gets the nod for Lake County to counter South Bend righty Blake Perry (9-6, 4.21). Here’s what happened over the final week of the Captains’ regular season, and the first game of the playoffs.
Mitch Brown, RHP
1 G, 5.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 6:2 K:BB
Season: 8-8, 3.31 ERA, 127:55 K:BB
Brown stepped up in a big way as the starter for Game 1 of the playoffs, though it’s safe to say he stepped up the entire second half of the season. Brown worked without much issue on Wednesday, showing that allowing a couple base runners or hits doesn’t rattle him.
Luis Lugo, LHP
1 G, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5:0 K:BB
Season: 10-9, 4.92 ERA, 146:40 K:BB
Lugo was lights out Aug. 31 in what was arguably his best start all year. He’s battled some inconsistency this season, but he made sure his most recent outing counted. Of course, all the run support (including five home runs) didn’t hurt.
Nellie Rodriguez, 1B
5 G, 20 AB, 7 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R, 7:2 K:BB
Season: .268 BA, .340 OBP, .482 SLG, .832 OPS, 22 HR
Rodriguez is finishing the season strong, which is perfect timing for the playoffs. He’s hit .333 and brought home 12 runs just over his last 10 games. It’s also nice to see his power hasn’t worn off, as he had two home runs last week. South Bend first baseman Daniel Palka also has 22 home runs this season, so it’ll be fun to see if one surpasses the other this series.
Walking the Plank
Wander Beras, RHP
2 G, 3.2 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 H, 2 HR, 1:1 K:BB
Season: 3-2, 5.21 ERA, 36:10 K:BB
The Captains got romped Sept. 1, and Beras was unfortunately a large part of the problem. Sean Brady’s start wasn’t exactly good to begin with, but Beras didn’t give the Captains any opportunity to come back. Though he only gave up four hits, two of them were huge blows in the form of home runs.
Sean Brady, LHP
1 G, 2.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2:2K:BB
Season (With Mahoning Valley): 2-4, 2.79 ERA, 44:27 K:BB
Sean Brady’s Lake County debut wasn’t what he’d hoped for, and it certainly wasn’t a complete meltdown. That said, he took the loss as Dayton hitters averaged .479 against him for the day. Brady’s outing on Monday is obviously too small of a sample size to draw many conclusions, and he’s been placed on the temporarily inactive list, but it would’ve been interesting to see him toss a few more innings this season.
Dorssys Paulino, OF
5 G, 21 AB, 5 H, 0 RBI, 1 R, 3:0 K:BB
Season: .251 BA, .311 OBP, .354 SLG, .665 OPS, 3 HR
Paulino’s hitting .227 through his last 10 games, though he crafted a small 4-game hit streak during that time. He went hitless on Wednesday with a couple dismal at-bats as he hit into a double play and popped up a bunt on the first pitch. Paulino still has a chance to craft a nice finish if the Captains continue through the playoffs, so hopefully he gets hot in the final days.
Taking On Water
Catcher Richard Stock was placed on the 7-day disabled list Aug. 30, retroactive to Aug. 27. Relievers Kenny Mathews, Matt Whitehouse and Jimmy Stokes, and outfielder Anthony Santander remain on the 7-day disabled list.
Outfielder and first round pick Bradley Zimmer was promoted to the Captains on Saturday Aug. 30. Zimmer hit .304 with four home runs through 45 games with the Scrappers.
Sean Brady was activated from the temporarily inactive list on Monday. He had been assigned to the Captains on Aug. 30.
Luis DeJesus was reassigned to the Mahoning Valley roster Sept. 1.
On the Horizon
The Captains continue their three-game playoff series in South Bend on Thursday Sept. 4. If the Captains win the series, they’ll face either the Fort Wayne Tincaps or the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday.
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.