Captains washed under by Whitecaps 8-0
BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake County Captains and West Michigan Whitecaps played game two of their six game series on Wednesday morning after a game on Tuesday night that was half slugfest, half pitchers duel and the Captains came out on top 7-6. Wednesday was a different story as the Whitecaps to advantage of 10 base on balls issued by Lake County pitchers to cruise to an 8-0 victory.
Captains’ starter Aaron Davenport issued two base on balls and uncorked a wild pitch in the first inning but came out of it unscaved allowing no runs. Davenport was not as lucky in the second inning. After retiring the first two hitters in the inning he allowed a double to Austin Murr. He then issued two more base on balls before Captains pitching coach Caleb Longshore paid a visit to the mound. It is unclear what Longshore told Davenport with the bases loaded but it didn’t work as he walked Wenceel Perez on four straight pitches to drive in the first run of the game. Things got worse as he then hit Jake Holton on a 2-0 count to give the Whitecaps a 2-0 lead. Davenport finally stopped the bleeding when he struck out Colt Keith swinging to end the inning.
The Whitecaps added a third run in the fifth inning when Ulrich Bojarski deposited a home run over the fence in straight away center field. The home run by Bojarski a native of Perth Australia was his fourth of the season.
The Whitecaps continued to play the add on game with another run in the top of the sixth and left no doubt as to what the result of the game would be in the seventh inning with four more runs courtesy of a grand slam off Perez surrendered by Alaska Abney to give the Whitecaps a commanding 8-0 lead. The home run was Perez’s ninth of the season.
Guzman picked up the win for the Whitecaps and improves to 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA. Davenport was saddled with the loss falling to 2-3 with a 3.19 ERA.
The two teams will play game three of the series on Thursday night at 7 pm. Dylan Smith will be on the mound for the Whitecaps. Smith, a righthander was a third-round pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 2021 July Draft out of the University of Alabama and is 4-3 with a 2.54 ERA on the year. Mason Hickman will get the start for Lake County. Hickman, also a righty was a fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2020 June Draft out of Vanderbilt. Hickman is 1-3 on the year with a 5.64 ERA.
POSTED 05/31/2022 15:17