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Captains fall in extra innings slugfest 10-9 

​         BY TIM SHIRER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - The Lake County Captains and South Bend Cubs played the rubber game of their three-game series on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the 2,281 fans in attendance at Classic Park the Captains fell in extra innings in a slug fest 10-9.

The Captains jumped on the Cubs early and often as they put four runs on the board in the first inning off Cubs starter Javier Assad. The inning began when Todd Isaacs doubled to left. Assad then struck out Dane Hutcheon. Jonathan Laureano then doubled and drove home Isaacs. Josh Rolette then doubled and drove home Laureano. Final Will Benson homered to deep center field to complete the scoring in the inning, giving the Captains the early 4-0 lead.

The Cubs came back with a run in the top of the second inning to close the gap to three runs. The run came when Captains starter Gregory "Vasky" Vasquez surrendered a leadoff double to Clayton Daniel. Daniel scored two batters later a sacrifice fly by Cam Balego.

The Captains came right back in the bottom of the second inning to score two more runs and increase the lead to 6-1. The runs came when Isaacs doubled with one out in the inning. After Hutcheon flew out to center and moved Issacs to third base, Laureano then doubled to left driving home Isaacs. Rolette followed Laureano with a line drive single to right field and Laureano trotted home with the Captains sixth run of the night.

The Cubs came back with three runs in the top of the third with three runs off Vasquez. In the inning Vasquez gave up five hits including a solo home run to Rafael Narea. The home run for Narea was his first of the season.

The slugfest continued in the bottom of the fifth when the Captains put three more runs on the scoreboard to increase their lead back to five runs at 9-4. The runs came when Elvis Perez doubled to start the inning and Mitch Reeves followed with a single to put men on the corners. That was the end of the night for Assad as he was replaced on the mound for South Bend by Luis Aquino. Aquino was greeted rudely as the first batter he faced Miguel Eladio blasted a pitch over the left center field wall for a three-run home run. The home run for Eladio was his second of the season.

The Cubs cut the lead to four runs in the seventh inning with an unearned run off Captains reliever Maiker Manzanillo. Riley Echols came into relieve Manzanillo to get the final out of the inning.

Then in the eighth inning the eighth inning the Cubs came all the way back and scored four runs, all off Echols including a three-run home run by Narea, his second of the night and only his second of the season. That was the end of the night for Echols after recording only one out in the inning.

The Cubs came through in the top of the tenth when Chris Singleton (The Rob Manfred runner to start the inning) scored after two sacrifices to give the Cubs a 10-9 lead heading to the bottom of the tenth inning. The Captains had three base runners in the bottom of the tenth inning but were unable to get any of them home.

Reliever Brian Glowicki picked up the win for the Cubs. Glowicki pitched three innings of shutout baseball, only allowing two hits while striking out three Captains hitters. With the win Glowicki improves to 4-5 with a 1.11 ERA. Dakody Clemmer picked up the loss in relief for Lake County. Clemmer went one inning allowing one unearned run (Rob Manfred Runner). With the loss Clemmer falls to 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA.

The Captains will now go on the road for their final road trip of the season. The trip will include seven games in eight days with the first four games in Bowling Green, Kentucky against the Hot Rods, followed by three in Fort Wayne, Indiana against the TinCaps. The first game in Bowling Green will be Friday night at 7:35 p.m. Neither Bowling Green or Lake County have announced their starting pitchers for the game
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​POSTED 08/23/2018 22:47
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Photo by Phillip Goth