Captains stay hot, sting Bees 2-1
BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
The Lake County Captains returned home on Tuesday night sporting the top record in the Midwest League at 12-6. They kept the momentum going as they defeated the visiting Burlington Bees 2-1 in front of a small April crowd of 1,021 at Classic Park.
The Bees took an early lead with one run in the top of fourth inning off Captains starter Matt Esparza.
Lake County came right back in the bottom of the frame with their one run as Tyler Krieger led off the inning with a triple. Francisco Mejia then tied the game when hit hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Captains took the lead with another single run in the bottom of the fifth inning when with one out Sean Haggerty doubled to right field. After Bobby Ison flew out Nathan Lukes tripled to right field and Haggerty scored putting Lake County on top 2-1.
Esparza picked up the win for the Captains pitching five innings allowing one run, it was earn on five hits. He struck out seven and issued one base on balls. With the win Esparza improves to 3-1 with a 5.12 ERA. Burlington starter Grayson Long was saddled with the defeat. With the loss, Long falls to 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA.
With the victory the Captains improve to 13-6 and remain in first place in the Midwest League's Eastern Division. The Captains record at Classic Park is now 6-1.
The Captains Bees will continue their three game series on Wednesday night with another 6:30 start. Lefty Ronnie Glenn will take the mound for the Bees. Glenn is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA. Right hander Shao-Ching Chiang will make the start for Lake County. Chiang is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA.
POSTED 04/26/2016 22:07