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Captains fall to Lugnuts 6-1  
(LANSING, MI) – An early onslaught by the Lansing Lugnuts’ offense was too much for the Lake County Captains to withstand on Friday night at Cooley Law School Stadium. The Lugnuts scored five runs in the first two innings against Captains starter Tom Pannone, en route to a 6-1 loss for Lake County.

Lansing scored three runs in the first inning on two quick swings of the bat by Gunnar Heidt and Jake Anderson. With a runner on first and two outs, Heidt slammed an RBI double for the first runner of the game. Anderson came up next and hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to give Lansing a 3-0 lead.

The Lugnuts added a pair of runs in the second inning. To jump out to a quick 5-0 lead. After a leadoff single by Aaron Attaway, J.C. Cardenas grounded an RBI double down the left field line. Andrew Guillotte sacrifice bunted Cardenas to third base and Josh Almonte followed with an RBI single.

Pannone (1-1) settled down after the tough first two frames. The left-hander did not allow a run over the next three innings and only gave up two more hits before the Captains’ bullpen took over. Cortland Cox pitched two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, but Lansing struck for an insurance run in the eighth against Dominic DeMasi.

The Lugnuts loaded the bases with nobody out in the eighth on a pair of singles and a walk. DeMasi struck out Connor Panas, but Lansing scored its sixth run when Attaway hit a slow chopping grounder to shortstop with one out. The Captains could not turn an inning-ending double play and Heidt came home to score.

Lake County scored its only run in the fourth inning. Lugnuts starter Sean Reid-Foley walked Willi Castro and Tyler Krieger to lead off the inning and Yonathan Mendoza drove in Castro with an RBI double. The Captains nearly got another run, but Reid-Foley (2-1) made a stellar defensive play to prevent Lake County from scoring. With Krieger on third and Mendoza on second, Connor Marabell chopped a ball to the right side of the infield. Reid-Foley pounced off the mound, snared the bouncing ball, spun around and threw out Krieger trying to score.

Reid-Foley earned the win for Lansing. The #3 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization struck out five of the first eight batters he faced and finished with seven strikeouts on the night. Reid-Foley pitched five innings and surrendered just one run on two hits. He also walked two. Josh DeGraaf pitched four scoreless innings in relief and earned his second save.

Pannone suffered his first loss of the season for Lake County. The southpaw gave up five runs over five innings on the mound. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out three.

The Captains have lost back-to-back games for the first time since April 9 and 10 against Fort Wayne and will try to rebound on Saturday afternoon. First pitch between the Captains and Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. RHP Casey Shane will start for Lake County against RHP Ryan Cook.. 
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​POSTED 04/23/2016 00:57