Captains shut out Silver Hawks 5-0
Lake County shuts out South Bend night after being shutout
Eastlake, OH -- The Captains came back strong from a 3-0 on loss Wednesday to beat the Silver Hawks 5-0 in Thursday night's game. Despite their struggles on Wednesday, the Captains were strong defensively and behind the plate on Thursday night.
Grabbing two runs in the bottom of the first, the Captains started off with a bang. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino singled to get the Captains on base, followed by left fielder Logan Vick walking. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez next singled to bring Paulino home and catcher Jeremy Lucas had the last hit of the inning, a single to bring Vick home.
And that was just the action in the first inning.
The Captains didn’t fail to continue to deliver the rest of the game. Not only did Vick make a diving reach to grab a fly in left field during the second, which manager Scooter Tucker called and “unbelievable catch,” but his run from the first inning offered some extra security for the Captains.
That extra security might have been needed after starting right-hander Jake Sisco was hit by a fly ball during the first, only lasting through the inning before right-hander D.J. Brown came in to relieve him. But Brown proved that those extra runs weren’t really needed to hold the Silver Hawks off.
“He pitched well, especially, I guess relievers are used to short notice, but he definitely picked us up tonight,” said Tucker. Brown agreed that his four innings tonight were going his way. “I was throwing strikes and they were swinging at them,” he said.
Pitching wasn’t the only strong point for the Captains though. Lucas went 3-for-4 and scored two of the Captains five runs. Tucker said he thinks the team as a whole is getting better and everyone is finally settling in.
Tucker also said hitting was one of tonight’s stronger elements. “Hitting is very contagious. When guys see guys in front of them getting hits, getting walks, your confidence builds with that,” said Tucker.
After suffering a 3-0 shutout the night before, the Captains had to utilize all strong defensive skills to keep men from getting home.
And they did just that.
Only allowing three hits from their pitching staff, the Captains proved that Wednesday night's performance was not going to be repeated on Thursday. Rotating through four pitchers total, the Captains defended their errors from Wednesday and corrected them for Thursday.
The Captains capitalized on the Silver Hawks' pitching weaknesses Thursday night though. Starting right-hander Brandon Sinnery entered Thursday’s matchup 0-0 with a 0.67 ERA. Playing just six of the eight innings though, he allowed nine hits and raised his ERA to 1.91. But a bad night for Sinnery turned out to be just the opposite for the Captains.
Thursday’s victory brings the Captains to 11-20 on the season and the Silver Hawks to 20-10.
The Captains finish their three-game home series against the Silver Hawks at 6:30pm Friday night before traveling Saturday, Sunday and Monday for a three-game series at Bowling Green.