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Captains bullpen collapses loses lead late in 6-4 loss   
The Lake County Captains returned home on Tuesday night for a seven game home stand, the first three with the Dayton Dragons.  The Dragons had been struggling entering the series, currently in last place in the Midwest League Eastern Division with the league's worst record at 9-28.  For most of the game it looked like the Dragons would stay in single digits with their win total until a ninth inning rally gave them a 6-4 win over the Captains.

The Dragons got on the board first with a single run off Captains starter Tom Pannone in the fourth inning.  

The Captains took the lead with two runs in the sixth inning and then added two more runs in the eighth inning.

Lake County looked to be in good shape heading into the ninth inning when the bottom fell out of the bullpen.  Kieran Lovegrove started the ninth inning and lasted only one third of an inning giving up four runs while giving up two hits and issued two base on balls.  Dominic DeMasi followed Lovegrove and also was touched for a run in two thirds of an inning.  Lovegrove suffered the loss and falls to 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA.

The Captains and Dragons play game two of the three game series on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m.  Dayton will send righty Jose Lopez to the mound.  Lopez is 3-4 with a 3.44 ERA.  Casey Shane will take the mound for Lake County.  Shane also a righthander is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA.

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​POSTED 05/17/2016 22:31