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Captains hold on to beat Cubs 4-2 

​         BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - Wednesday night the Lake County Captains and South Bend Cubs played game two of their three game series. The Captains jumped on the Cubs early and were able to hold on to secure the 4-2 win and send the 1,597 fans in attendance at Classic Park home happy.

The Captains struck first in the first inning with four runs off Cubs starter Brendon Little. Things went downhill fast for Little as he got into big trouble. Little hit Todd Isaacs to lead off the inning, then Isaacs stole second with J.J. Berardi at the plate. Berardi then singled, and Isaacs moved to third. After Jonathan Laureano grounded out and the runners held Jose Vicente hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Isaacs scored the first run of the game. Elvis Perez then followed with a single and Berardi moved to third base. Mitch Reeves in his first at bat as a Captains was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Dane Hutchinson, who was playing his second game with the Captains singled driving home Berardi and Perez extending the lead to three runs. Miguel Eladio then singled and drove home Reeves to put the Captains up 4-0. Little then issued a base on balls to Tre' Gannt and Little's night was over. The at bat was also Gannt's first with Lake County. Reeves and Gannt had just joined the Captains earlier in the day when they were promoted from Mahoning Valley. Little was relieved by Jake Steffens who retired Isaacs on a fly ball to end the inning.

The Cubs cut into the lead in the top of the fifth inning with two runs off Juan Hillman. The lefty gave up two singles to start the inning. He then got Austin Upshaw to ground into a double play but could not finish the deal and keep the Cubs off the scoreboard as he allowed three straight singles and when the dust settled the Captains lead was two at 4-2.

Hillman picked up the win for the Captains. The lefty went six innings allowing two runs, both earned on seven hits. Hillman also issued one base on balls while striking out eight Cubs. With the win Hillman improves to 5-12 with a 5.51. Little took the loss for the Cubs. He didn't get out of the first inning and falls to 4-11 with 5.42.

The two clubs will finish the series on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Righthander Javier Assad will take the mound for the Cubs. On the year Assad is 5-6 with a 3.98 ERA. Nick Gallagher will tow the rubber for Lake County. On the year Gallagher is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA.
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​POSTED 08/22/2018 21:46
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Photo by Phillip Goth