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Captains fall in slug fest 7-6 

​         BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake County Captains entered Tuesday night's opener of a three-game series with the South Bend Cubs just three games out of the final Midwest League Eastern Division playoff spot.  Unfortunately for the Captains and the 1,274 fans in attendance the Captains fell just short 7-6 in a slug fest.

The Cubs struck early in the first inning off Captains starter Felix Tati with a disastrous first inning. In the inning the Cubs tallied four runs on a single, double a hit batsman and three Captains errors. Only one of the four runs were earned.

The Captains came back in the bottom of the inning when they scored a single run. The run scored when Gabriel Mejia singled and then advanced to second on an error by Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Passantino trying to pick off Mejia at first base. Richie Palacios then grounded out and Mejia moved to third base. Mejia then came home when Jonathon Laureano singled to left field closing the gap to three runs at 4-1.

The Captains closed the gap to two runs in the second inning with another run when Elvis Perez singled with one out. He then scored when the next batter Todd Isaacs doubled to left field and the score was 4-2.

South Bend came right back in the top of the third inning with two runs, both coming on solo home runs by Austin Filiere to lead off the inning and then Austin Upshaw with two outs in the inning. The homer for Filiere was his eighth and Upshaw's was his fourth long ball of the season and extended South Bend's lead to 6-2.

Lake County battled back in the bottom of the inning getting back the two runs to pull to within two at 6-4. With one out in the inning Palacios belted his second home run of the season, it was a solo shot. The second run of the inning came when Laureano singled and scored two batters later when Will Benson grounded out.

Lake County cut the Cubs lead to one run in the fourth inning when Miguel Eladio belted his first home run of the season to make the score 6-5.

Once again, the Cubs responded with a run on another solo home run, this time by Delvin Zinn to lead off the fifth inning and the Cubs led 7-5. The home run was Zinn's first of the season.

The Captains once again trimmed the lead to one run when Palacios led the inning off with a triple and scored two hitters later a single by Jose Vicente trimming the Cubs lead to 7-6.

Passantino picked up the win for the Cubs.  He went five and two thirds innings allowing six runs all earned on 10 hits.  He also struck out three Captains.  Brendan King picked up the save, his third of the season.  Tati took the loss for Lake County.  Tati went five innings allowing seven runs, four earned on seven hits.  Tati fanned five Cubs.  With the loss he falls to 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

The Captains and Cubs will play game two of the series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Brendon Little will take the mound for South Bend. Little, a righty is 4-10 with a 4.08 ERA. Juan Hillman will make the start for Lake County. Hillman a southpaw is 4-12 with a 5.64 ERA
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​POSTED 08/21/2018 22:26
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Photo by Phillip Goth