Lake County Captains give up 15 hits, lose to Bowling Green, 10-2
EASTLAKE, Ohio – The Lake County Captains (8-4) were hit hard early and often Tuesday evening as they fell to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-8) by the final score of 10-2. The loss to the Hot Rods was just Lake County's third in its last ten games.
The Hot Rods started the game off with a bang in the top of the first inning. Shortstop Juniel Querecuto led off the game with a solo home run to left off of Captain starter Luis Lugo (5-7, 5.15 ERA). Left fielder James Harris then followed Querecuto with a solo home run of his own to give the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Bowling Green managed to add another run to its lead. First baseman Alexander Simon doubled to right to start the inning. Querecuto then plated Simon with a RBI single to right that gave the Hot Rods a 3-0 advantage.
Lugo struggled to keep Bowling Green off the scoreboard for much of the night. In the third inning, Armando Araiza reached first on an infield single to start the frame. Second baseman Pat Blair then followed Araiza with a single of his own to put runners on first and second with only one out. After Blair's single, Simon and Sean Smedley gave Bowling Green a 5-0 lead with consecutive RBI singles.
Lugo's night ended when he failed to get out of the fifth inning. With one out, Blair hit a double over the head of Captain center fielder Dorssys Paulino. Simon then drove in Blair with a single to center. The single for Simon was his third hit of the day, and it was the second run he had driven in off of Lugo. Querecuto then finished Bowling Green's scoring in the inning with a ground-rule double that drove in Simon.
Lugo took the loss after he lasted only 4.2 innings. He gave up twelve hits, seven runs, six earned runs, one walk, and struck out eight. Lugo was replaced by Alexis Paredes.
The Captains managed to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning when right fielder Torsten Boss crushed a solo home run off of Bowling Green starter Jacob Faria (4-4, 3.69 ERA). The home run was only Boss' second of the season, and it cut the Hot Rods' lead down to 7-1.
Faria's day was over after five innings. Faria got the win after he gave up four hits, one run, one walk, and struck out four.
Bowling Green continued to add to its lead by taking advantage of walks issued by Lake County pitching in the sixth inning. Johnny Field worked a leadoff walk off of Paredes to start the inning. Araiza then capitalized by hitting a two-run home run to left. After Blair followed Araiza with a walk, Simon continued his torrid hitting with a triple to left that scored Blair from first. In total the Hot Rods scored three runs in the inning and increased their lead to 10-1.
Lake County managed to score another run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Paul Hendrix, but reliever Brad Schreiber secured the 10-2 win by retiring the Captains in order in the ninth inning.
The Captains are set to look to get back on track when they continue their series with the Hot Rods on Wednesday. Lake County is scheduled to start Mitch Brown (1-6, 3.77 ERA), who has surrendered only two earned runs in his last 22.1 innings pitched, while Bowling Green is scheduled to counter with Ryne Stanek (3-3, 3.26 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.
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