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Captains secure series win with win over Quad Cities

Four-run fourth helps slingshot Captains past River Bandits

Captains secure series win with win over Quad Cities
July 22, 2013
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The Captains captured their second victory over Quad Cities on Sunday night, taking down the River Bandits 7-3. 

After dropping a three game home series to the Cedar Rapids Kernels late last week, The Captains rebounded with their 5-3 victory on Saturday night over The River Bandits. Saturday’s win broke The Captains four game losing streak. 

Sunday’s game started as a little bit of a struggle for right hander Luis Morel, allowing one run right off the bat to center fielder Teoscar Hernandez and giving Quad Cities and early 1-0 lead. 

The Captains came back swinging strong though, getting two hits in the bottom of the first, and almost scoring one on an RBI single from center fielder Logan Vick. Left fielder Todd Hankins came in to home, tackling Quad Cities catcher Luis Alvarez, but Alvarez held onto the ball and grabbed the out.

“[Alvarez] straddled the line, and a lot of times you can assume that the runner gives himself up,” said manager Scooter Tucker, “But when you’re standing in the line, five or six feet in front of the plate I would say that’s just a part of it.”

Hankins agreed that it was a clean hit, and a part of baseball.

“It was kind of just instinct,” said Hankins. “I mean, this is my third year and you don’t practice those kinds of things. It’s just a part of the game at the professional level.

The Captains kept swinging and by the bottom of the fourth inning, it paid off. After six hits, Lake County got their seventh and eighth hits from back to back RBI doubles from right fielder Jorge Martinez and second baseman Yhoxian Medina, giving The Captains the 2-1 lead. 

Hankins didn’t settle for that, though. Slamming a home run to left field to bring Medina around home and give the Captains even more of a lead, at 4-1 going into the fifth. 

That  wasn’t it for the Captains as they scored two more in the bottom of the fifth inning. The fifth and sixth runs for Lake County came from designated hitter Jeremy Lucas and first baseman Joe Sever

The River Bandits were still held scoreless since the top of the first, until the top of the sixth and top of the seventh innings. The River Bandits grabbed a run in each of the innings, the first from second baseman Austin Elkins and the second from right fielder Dan Gulbranson. 

But Lake County was right back at it again in the bottom of the seventh. Vick scored on a near RBI double from Sever, but Sever was tagged out at second. Vick’s run gave the Captains the 7-3 lead over the River Bandits. 

The Captains and the River Bandits had a combined 21 hits, and four errors on the night, and there was no shortage of action on either side of the plate. 

The Captains look to sweep Quad Cities by finishing their three game series at Classic Park on Monday at 11am.

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