Lake County Captains avoid sweep, beat Great Lakes Loons, 6-3
MIDLAND, Minn. – Second baseman Claudio Bautista homered twice on Monday as the Lake County Captains (20-38) avoided the sweep from the Great Lakes Loons (28-30) by a final score of 5-2.
In the last four series, the Captains have avoided the sweep by winning the series finale.
Facing righty Zachary Bird, Bautista put the Captains in the lead two batters into the game with his first homer of the game and his fourth of the season.
The Loons tied the game in the third inning against Captains’ southpaw Luis Lugo. Left fielder Alex Santana led off the inning with a double to center field. Santana moved to third on a groundout and scored on a RBI double by second baseman Brandon Trinkwon.
In the fourth, the Captains loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter with two outs but could not break the 1-1 tie.
One inning later, Lake County took a 3-1 lead with two runs scored. Center fielder Clint Frazier laced a one-out single to right field. Third baseman Paul Hendrix plated Frazier with his third triple of the year. Catcher Eric Haase followed with a RBI single to score Hendrix.
Bird fell to 3-8 on the year after he allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four before giving way to Kyle Hooper.
Great Lakes cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth. Centerfielder Malcolm Holland coaxed a two-out walk before Lugo was taken out of the game. Captains manager Mark Budzinski brought in Alexis Paredes to face catcher Kyle Farmer. Paredes gave up a single to Farmer to move the runner to third base. Paredes threw a wild pitch, allowing Holland to score from third.
Lugo earned his third win of the year with two runs allowed in five and two thirds innings. Lugo gave up three hits, two walks and he fanned five batters.
Bautista struck again with his second homerun of the year, a two-run shot to left field in the seventh. Lake County held a 5-2 lead going to the seventh-inning stretch.
Hooper surrendered two runs on two hits in two innings for the Loons. Michael Johnson entered for the eighth inning.
Johnson gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work. Mark Pope pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Paredes allowed one run on five hits in two and one third innings. Trevor Frank worked around a double in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the year.
The Captains had 12 hits in the game. Four different players had two hit games. Those players were Frazier, Bautista, Haase and Rowland. Bautista now has five multi-RBI games in 2014 with three runs batted in during the game.
The Captains are set to have an off day Tuesday and they will begin a three game series at home with Fort Wayne. RHP Zach McAllister will make a rehab appearance in the game for the Captains. He will be opposed by RHPAdrian De Horta (0-1, 4.50) for Fort Wayne. First pitch from Classic Park is set for 7:05 p.m.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.