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Captains pummeled again by Loons, 11-1    
          BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) – One night after getting no-hit the Lake County Captains continued their six-game series with the Great Lakes Loons playing game five. Game five did not go to much better than game four as the Loons pummeled the Captains for the second straight as the final score on Saturday was 11-1.

Once again that has been theme in the series the Loons got on the board early in the first inning when Ryan Ward belted his 13th home run of the season over the left center field wall onto the grass to give the Loons a 1-0 lead, that was just the start of a rough night for Captain’s starter Hunter Gaddis.

The Loons were held scoreless in the second inning and then scored in each of the next four innings. When the dust settled at the end of the top of the fifth inning the Loons led 10-0. Scoring a single run in the third inning, two runs in the fourth inning, five more courtesy of a grand slam by Andy Pages, it was his 18th home run of the season. The run in the sixth inning came off the bat of Ryan Ward when he hit his second home run of the game giving him 14 on the season. Ward has hit four home runs in the series.
The Loons added another run in the eighth inning when Zac Ching who singled earlier in the inning scored on a single by Carson Taylor.

The Captains tallied their only run of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning when Jose Tena drove in George Valera who had walked earlier in the inning. The run broke a 16-inning scoreless drought by Lake County.

Cole Percival picked up the win in relief for the Loons. Percival son of Troy Percival worked three innings allowing one run, it was earned on two hits. He issued one base on balls and struck out two Captains hitters. With the win Percival improves to 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA. Gaddis took the loss for the Captains falling to 2-6 with a 5.26 ERA. Gaddis went five innings allowing nine runs, six were earned on eight hits. He issued one base on balls and struck out 10. The problem for Gaddis on the night was the long ball, seven of the nine runs that the Gaddis surrendered were on the long ball.

With the loss the Captains fall to 37-34 and three games out of first place. They are also three games out of the final playoff spot in the High-A Central.

The Captains and Loons will finish up the series on Sunday Afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. start. The Loons will send Jesus Vargas to the mound. Vargas a righthander is 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA. The Captains will counter with their own righthander Mason Hickman. Hickman is 4-5 with a 5.07 ERA.
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​POSTED 07/24/2021 22:43
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