Captains blow lead late fall to Cubs 10-6
BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
Saturday night at Classic Park was a night the Lake County Captains were hoping to get back on track as they had lost two games in a row. The visiting South Bend Cubs who were tied for first place (percentage points ahead of the Captains) had other ideas as they came back to beat the Captains 10-6.
The Cubs got on the board early scoring single runs in the first and second inning. The Captains came back with two runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. The big blow in the bottom of the second came with bases loaded and Nathan Winfrey belted a line drive single scoring Francisco Mejia and Connor Marabell.
The Cubs regained the lead 3-2 with a single run in the fourth inning off Captains reliever Billy Strode. Strode relieved Shao-Ching Chiang who started the game for Lake County and pitched the first three innings.
The Captains exploded for four runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead at 6-3.
Then the eighth inning came and the Captains bullpen collapsed like a card table with a 1,000 pound weight on it. The Cubs scored three runs in the eighth inning and then four more in the ninth. All of the runs came off Captains reliever Dominic DeMasi.
DeMasi took the loss for the Captains and falls to 5-1 with a 5.57 ERA. Scott Effross picked up the win in relief for the Cubs. Effross a Twinsburg native improves to 2-0 with a 4.34 ERA.
With the loss the Captains fall out of first place for the first time this season and now in second place with a record of 24-18, one game behind the Cubs.
The two teams will continue the four game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Preston Morrison will take the mound for the Cubs. Morrison is a righty entering the game with a 2-2 record and a 4.31 ERA.
POSTED 05/21/2016 21:30