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Captains prevail in extra innings 7-6      
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake County Captains and Dayton Dragons played the final game of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. The Captains in front of the of the 1,112 in attendance won a thriller 7-6 in ten innings to remain in first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

Dayton took the early lead with two runs in the second inning off Captains starter Shane McCarthy. After McCarthy retired the first batter of the inning, he issued a base on balls to Shard Munroe. Munroe then advanced to second base on a throwing error by McCarthy. After McCarthy got Ben Spillane to ground out to the third baseman Miguel Hernandez singled to left field and Munroe came home with the Dragons first run. Hernandez moved to second on the throw home. Juan Martinez followed with a single and Hernandez crossed home with the Dragons second and final run of the inning.

The Captains came back and took the lead in the fifth inning with three runs. The trouble began for the Dragons starter Lyndon Richardson after he retired the first batter of the inning, he issued a base on balls to Jose Fermin. Tyler Freeman then doubled and moved Fermin to third base. Will Benson then reached on an infield single and Fermin scored, and Freeman moved to third cutting the Dragons lead in half at 2-1. Richardson then uncorked a wild pitch allowing Freeman to score the tying run and Benson to move to second base. Four pitches later Mitch Reeves doubled to left field scoring Benson with the go ahead run. That was the end of the day for Richardson as Matt Pindich came in to relieve him and finish the inning for the Dragons with no further damage.

The Dragons regained the lead 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning when Skyler Arias in relief of Dakody Clemmer to start the inning gave up two straight singles. Mariel Bautista who had the first single then stole third base with Jay Schuyler at the plate. The steal for Bautista was his fifth of the season. Schuyler then singled and drove home Bautista to tie the game and moved Michal Siani to third base. After Pabel Manzanero grounded out and Schuyler moved to second base, Shard Munroe hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Siani scored the go ahead run giving the Dragons the 4-3 lead. Arias then got Spillane to ground out to end the inning and prevent any further damage.

The Captains offense came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 4-4. Quentin Holmes led off the inning with a double. Hosea Nelson then bunted and reached on a fielding error by Dragons third baseman Juan Martinez, Holmes went to third and Nelson was safe at first base. Fermin followed with a sacrifice fly to center field and Holmes trotted home with the tying run. Dragons reliever Eddy Demurias then retired the next to batters to finish the inning and keep the scored tied 4-4.

Both teams scored single runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. The Captains run came when Reeves reached second base on a fielding error by Juan Martinez to begin the inning. Reeves then advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Dragons pitcher Andy Cox. After Bo Naylor struck out, Angel Lopez singled to center field and Reeves scored the tying run, sending the game to extra innings.

The top of the tenth inning began with the “Rob Manfred runner” at second base in Dragon Michael Siani. Manuel Alvarez began the inning on the mound for Lake County. Schuyler led off the inning with a single and the “Rob Manfred Runner” Siani scored, giving the Dragons a 6-5 lead. The poorly thought up idea of a way to speed up games was the only run of the inning for the Dragons.

As the Dragons did in the top half of the inning the Captains also started with the “Rob Manfred Runner” Quentin Holmes to start the inning on second base. Nelson bunted and reached first on a single to start the inning moving Holmes to third base. Fermin then came to the plate and singled to center field and Holmes scores to tie the game, so much for speeding the game up. Nelson moved to second base. After Freeman was retired on strikes, Ruben Cardenas singled and loaded the base. Mitch Reeves completed his big day when he singled center field scoring Nelson and giving Lake County the 7-6 win.

Reeves went 3 for 5 on the day with a base on balls, two RBI and a run scored. One of the three hits was a double. Reeves is now hitting .370 on the year.

Alvarez picked up the win, pitching one inning allowing one unearned run for the win. With the win Alvarez improves to 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Connor Bennett took the loss for the Dragons. He pitched one third of an inning and allowed two runs, one earned. With the loss he falls to 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA.

The Captains will now head out on the road to Comstock Park, Michigan to play the West Michigan Whitecaps for a four games series beginning Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. Righthander Alex Royalty will take the mound for the Captains. Royalty is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA. Lefty Adam Wolf will be on the mound for the Whitecaps. Wolf is 1-2 with a 7.82 ERA.
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​POSTED 04/24/2019 23:22
Lake County Captains first baseman Mitch Reeves.
Photo by Tim Shirer