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Long ball powers Captains to 11-3 victory

Five home runs leads Lake County past Dayton

Long ball powers Captains to 11-3 victory
Eric Haase (Photo: Lianna Holub)
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DAYTON – The Lake County Captains kicked off the second half of the season with a handful of home runs as they hit five over the fence in an 11-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Thursday.

Dylan Baker (3-5, 4.08) was sent to the bump for the Captains to counter Dayton’s Nick Travieso (1-2, 6.75). Baker tamed the Dragons for a solid start with some help from his offense.

The Captains scored immediately as third baseman Erik Gonzalez led off with a double and shortstop Dorssys Paulino singled on a bunt. After Gonzalez was picked off third, center fielder Logan Vick laced a double to center to plate Paulino.

Five runs crossed the dish for the Captains in the second inning to chase Travieso from the game. Catcher Eric Haase started the inning with a solo home run and left fielder Jorge Martinez hit a one-out single to right. A wild pitch permitted Martinez to advance to second before second baseman Yhoxian Medina drew a walk. Cue Gonzalez, who sent his second hit of the evening over the center-field wall for a three-run shot. With two out, Vick also dialed long distance with a solo shot, giving the Captains the 5-1 advantage.

Joel Bender replaced Travieso to start the third inning, but Bender didn’t fare much better. Right fielder Anthony Santander greeted Travieso with a single before Haase and designated hitter Jeremy Lucas laced a pair of back-to-back singles to plate Santander. As Medina pounded into a double-play, Haase also scored to add two more to the Captains’ total.

Paulino participated in the four-bag parade with a solo shot in the sixth inning, boosting Lake County to a 9-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Baker toasted the Dragons through seven full innings. The Dragons scored two in the seventh as the result of a throwing error by Paulino, sealing Baker’s line at seven innings pitched, allowing two runs (both unearned) on five hits and six strikeouts.

The Captains added two more in the ninth inning off of reliever Wandy Peralta as Santander drew a walk and Haase hit his second long drive of the day. One Dragon touched the dish in Dayton’s half of the ninth as Lake County reliever D.J. Brown yielded a home run to center fielder Junior Arias. That was all the damage the Dragons could ignite though, as Brown settled in to strike out the final two batters, preserving the Captains with the 11-3 win.

Next, the Captains look to Luis DeJesus (1-7, 6.38) to face Dayton right Jackson Stephens, who will make his Dragons debut.

Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.

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