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Captains lose ninth straight falling to Cedar Rapids 6-1  
​        BY TIM SHIRER
The Lake County Captains came into Friday night's game at Classic Park losers of eight games in a row. Things went the same as the previous eight games on Friday night as the Captains extended the streak to nine games with a 6-1 loss.

Things went bad early as the Kernels took the lead with a run in the first inning.

The Captains fought back in the bottom of the first inning with a single run. With two outs in the inning Nathan Lukes singled. Connor Marabell followed with a double and Lukes came home with the only run of the night for Lake County, tying the game 1-1.

Then the wheels fell off as Captains starting pitcher Casey Shane gave up three runs in the third inning and then two runs in the fifth inning without recording an out in the inning.

Enter Captains reliever Courtland Cox. Cox came into the outing with a 4-1 record and a 6.15 ERA. The righthander took the ball from the struggling Shane and shut down the Kernels for the next five innings allowing only three and struck out two while allowing two base on balls. With the five scoreless innings Cox lowered his ERA to 5.35 and in the words of Captains manager Tony Mansolino, "saved our bullpen."

With the loss the Captains fall to 7-14 in the second half and 47-44 overall for the season and are currently in last place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.

The Captains begin a three game series on Saturday with a doubleheader with the Quad Cities River Bandits, first pitch is at 5:00 p.m. Starting pitchers in game one are Elieser Hernandez for the River Bandits. Hernandez is 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA. Jared Robinson will take the mound for the Captains. Robinson, a righty is 2-2 with a 5.44 ERA.
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​POSTED 07/15/2016 23:01