Captains hold off Loons for 6-3 win
BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake County Captains and Great Lakes Loons played game five of their six game series on Saturday night. The night ended in favor of the Captains as they toppled the Loons 6-3 in front of a nice Saturday night crowd of 3,683 at Classic Park.
Saturday night was a great night at Classic Park as the Captains franchise celebrated Cleveland Sports History night. This year was the 13th annual CSH night as the first year was 2009 and the brainchild of former Captains GM Neil Stein. The 2009 promotion won ESPN Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Year.
This year’s celebration included featured guest former Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance, Sr. Nance an NBA standout and first winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984. Nance played for the Cavs from February 25, 1988, and finished his career on March 12, 1994.
Other guests included former Globetrotter Derick Polk who attended Cleveland Central Catholic and then played collegiately at The Ohio State. Also, three current Browns Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome and Perrion Winfrey were also in attendance to sign autographs.
Once the game began the Captains bats woke up immediately in the first inning. Angel Martinez doubled off Loon’s starter Ben Casparius. Casparius then issued a free pass to Milan Tolentino to put men on first and second for Joe Naranjo. Naranjo took full advantage of the opportunity as he blasted Casparius 3-2 pitch deep over the left field fence giving Lake County a 3-0 lead.
The Captains added another run in the fourth inning when Connor Kokx and Micael Ramirez single to lead off the frame off Casparius in his final inning of work. Kokx scored two hitters later when Martinez singled to rightfield giving the Captains a 4-0 advantage.
Lake County added their fifth run in the sixth inning when with one out in the inning Korey Holland belted his sixth home run off the season. The long ball came off of Loons Robbie Peto who came into the game in relief of Casparius to start the fifth inning.
The Loons mounted an attempted comeback in the top of the eighth inning when Matt “Shaggy” Turner in his second inning of work gave up a leadoff infield single to Eddys Leonard. He then issued a base on balls to Diego Cartaya to put men on first and second. Jorbit Vivas then hit a ground ball to Martinez at second base who retired Cartaya at second, but Captains shortstop Milan Tolentino attempted to turn the double play he made an errant throw to first base and Leonard scored the Loons first run and Vivas was safe. The big blow in the inning came next and was Turner’s last hitter of the night when Jose Ramos blasted his 17th home run of the season deep over the right field wall pulling the Loons to within two runs at 5-3.
The Captains came right back in the bottom of the eight responding with one run to extend the lead to 6-3. Jake Cantleberry came on in relief of Peto to start the inning. He struck out Martinez, but Loon’s catcher Kekia Rios could not handle the third strike it rolled all the way back to the wall behind home plate and Martinez was safe at first base. Tolentino who committed an error in the top of the inning grounded out moving Martinez to second base. Jonathan Rodriguez then singled to drive Martinez home giving the Captains sixth run. Rodriguez entered the game replacing Alexfri Planez defensively to start the top of the second after Planez was hit in the hand by a pitch which was called a foul ball by home plate umpire Glen Meyerhofer.
Jack Leftwich who made the start for the Captains and pitched six scoreless innings scattering five hits and striking out four Loons picking up the win. With the win Leftwich improves to 3-0 with a 2.39 ERA. Trey Benton picked up the save for Lake County working final inning allowing two base on balls and striking out one. The save was his fifth of the season. Casparius picked up the loss for the Loons falling to 1-2.
The Loons and Captains will complete the six-game series on Sunday night at 7 p.m. The rare Sunday night game will have Kendall Williams on the mound for the Loons. Williams, a righthander is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Tommy Mace who started the first game of the series will be on the mound for Lake County. Mace, also a righthander is 0-4 with a 4.86 ERA.
POSTED 08/05/2022 22:19