Lake County Captains lose to Bowling Green Hot Rods, 9-3
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-4, 35-41) used a five run sixth inning to snap the four game winning streak of the Lake County Captains (5-2, 32-45) on Thursday night. The final score was 9-3 in favor of the Hot Rods.
The Hot Rods got off on the right foot as they sped to a 1-0 lead in the first. The first three batters loaded the bases with three singles. The next batter, catcher Armando Araiza grounded into a double play, scoring the run from third.
Bowling Green then added three runs in the second inning to expand the lead to 4-0. Left fielder James Harris took Lugo deep to left field for his second homerun of the year. First baseman Alexander Simon coaxed a two-out walk before scoring on a RBI triple by right fielder Yoel Araujo. Second baseman Kean Wong singled home Araujo for the third run of the frame.
The Captains came within a run with a three spot in the third. Shortstop Ivan Castillo was hit with a Stanek offering and moved to second on a walk to right fielder Logan Vick. Second baseman Paul Hendrix reached on a fielding error at short. The error loaded the bases with one out. First baseman Nellie Rodriguez cleared the bases with a triple to the center field gap.
Stanek pitched three innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Stanek allowed four hits, three runs (all unearned), one walk and he struck out five. Luis Cabrera took over in the fourth.
Lugo pitched five innings in taking the loss. He gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.Wander Beras entered in relief and had a night to forget.
Bowling Green scored five runs in the sixth with only two hits in the inning. Beras threw four wild pitches, walked three, balked in a run in the inning. There was also a passed ball as well. They led 9-3 after six innings.
Cabrera kept the Captains off the board in his three and two thirds innings of work. He scattered three walks and fanned five Captains to pick up the win. William Gabay threw two and one third scoreless innings of work.
Beras was charged with five runs allowed on four hits in one and two thirds innings. He walked three, threw five wild pitches, and balked to go along with one strikeout.
Trevor Frank struck out three of the four batters that he faced to close out the game at a six-run deficit.
The Captains were led by Rodriguez’s two-hit game, his second straight multi-hit game. He had all three RBI’s in the game. Vick walked three times in the game and Castillo was hit by a pitch twice in the game.
Lake County is set to travel to Dayton to open a four game series on Friday. The Captains will send RHP Mitch Brown (0-6, 4.06 ERA) and Dayton will counter with Nick Travieso (6-3, 3.31 ERA). First Pitch is at 7:07 p.m. from Fifth Third Field.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.