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Captains fall to Cubs 5-3 
          BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) – The Lake County Captains and South Bend Cubs played a single game on Friday night one day after the Captains swept South Bend in a twin bill 5-4 and 3-2. Things did not go as well tonight as the Cubs got just enough offense and took advantage of Captains defensive problems to pick up the win 5-3.

The Cubs put two runs on the bord right away in the first inning off Captain’s starter Tanner Burns. Burns a righthander gave up a one out double to Edmond Americaan and then surrendered a home run to Nelson Velazquez giving the Cubs a 2-0 advantage. The home run was Velazquez’s ninth of the season.
The Captains got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Bryan Lavastida singled and moved to second on a throwing error by third baseman Jake Slaughter. Lavastida then scored when Jose Tena singled to center field.

The bottom of the fourth was like the bottom of the second as Lavastida led off with a double and then moved to third base on a single by Tena. After Cubs starter Derek Casey struck out Raynel Delgado Quentin Holmes flew out to right field, Lavastida tagged up and tied the game 2-2.

The Cubs retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning. With one out in the inning Bradlee Beesley drew a base on balls. He stole second base and then scored two batters later when Josue Huma singled to center field giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead.

Not to repeat myself but, Lavastida led off the inning this time with a single, moved to second when Tena singled and then scored when Delgado flew out to right field tying the game 3-3.

Unfortunately for Lake County the Cubs offense continued to score. Burns worked into the seventh inning for the Captains. Yonathan Perlaza led off the inning with a single. Burns then hit Slaughter with a pitch. Burns got Beesley to ground out moving Perlaza to third and Slaughter to second. That marked the end of the night for Burns. Nathan Ocker replaced Burns and it did not go well. On Ocker’s third pitch on a 1-1 count was change up that Captains catcher Joe Donovan could not handle, and both runs came home as Donovan tried his best to get them at the plate but threw the ball errantly to seal the play and give the Cubs a 5-3 lead.

The Captains threatened putting runners at first and third with two outs but could not get the runners home and the deficit remained two runs.

Casey picked up the win for the for the Cubs. Casey pitched six innings allowing three runs, two were earned on eight hits. He also issued one base on balls and struck out six Captains hitters. With the win he improves to 4-5 with a 3.59 ERA. Burns took the loss for Lake County allowing five runs, three were earned on four hits in six and one third innings. He walked two and struck out eight. With the loss Burns falls to 2-4 with a 3.48 ERA.

With the loss the Captains fall to 27-24 on the season.
The Captains and Cubs will play the doubleheader of the series on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Cubs will send Ryan Jensen to the mound in the first game. Jensen is a righthander and is 2-4 with a 7.11 ERA on the season. Righty Joe Nahas will start the second game for South Bend. Nahas is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. The Captains will send Hunter Gaddis to the mound in the first game. Gaddis, a righthander is 2-3 with a 6.39 ERA. In the second game Kevin Coulter will tow the rubber for Lake County. Coulter also a righty is 3-3 with an 8.31 ERA.
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​POSTED 07/01/2021 22:24
Lake County Captains pitcher Tanner Burns.        Photo by Tim Shirer