The Lake County Captains are back at it tonight at Classic Park as they take on the Great Lakes Loons in the second of three games, looking to break a three-game losing streak and win their first home game of 2017.
The Captains are 2-3 after they dropped a 6-2 home decision on Monday night to Great Lakes, having not won since their second game of the season in Dayton against the Dragons.
The Great Lakes Loons (1-4) pounded their way to their first win of the year on Monday night and the Lake County Captains (2-3) suffered their third straight loss. Great Lakes drilled three home runs in the series opener at Classic Park, including a pair of long balls by Carlos Rincon. The Captains fell to the Loons, 6-2.
Brendon Davis got things started two batters into the game. The Loons’ shortstop hit a high fly ball that cleared the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run. Two innings later, Captains starting pitcher Juan Hillman walked Davis with one out and Rincon followed by blasting a line drive that dented the signs beyond the same left-centerfield fence. The two-run home run gave Great Lakes a 3-0 lead.
The Loons plated two more runs in the fourth. Hillman retired the first two men in the fourth, but then gave up a double to Moises Perez and Saige Jenco followed with an RBI single. Oneil Cruz singled after Jenco and Hillman walked Davis before Captains Manager Larry Day called on the bullpen. Domingo Jimenez relieved Hillman, but walked Rincon with the bases loaded to force in a run and give the Loons a 5-0 advantage.
Great Lakes added another tally in the ninth on a solo homer by Rincon, his second of the game and fourth in the first five games of the season. That long ball cleared the left field bleachers and put the Captains away for good. Lake County rallied in the ninth with a one-out single by Capel and a double by Medina, but the pair never reached the plate and Loons reliever Tony Gonsolin nailed down the final out.
Gonsolin earned the save, allowing one run over three innings. Soto (1-0) also gave up one run in three frames and picked up the win. Loons starter A.J. Alexy pitched three hitless innings to begin the game, but did not pitch long enough to factor in the decision.
Hillman (0-1) took the loss for Lake County. He went 3.2 innings in his Captains debut and surrendered five runs on five hits. Hillman struck out six and walked four.
Micah Miniard who pitched in the rain shortened opener against Dayton, will be back on the mound tonight for Lake County. The Loons haven’t announced who will take the mound tonight for the 6:30pm first pitch.
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