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Krieger’s Streak Alive, Team Has Four All-Stars, and More in the Captains’ Log

Krieger’s Streak Alive, Team Has Four All-Stars, and More in the Captains’ Log

| On 13, Jun 2016

Powered by four late runs against the Great Lakes Loons, the Lake County Captains avoided the series sweep on Sunday with a 4-3 walk-off victory from Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.

The Captains went 4-2 on the week after sweeping the Lansing Lugnuts in their three-game series from Tuesday through Thursday. All three games were won in dramatic fashion. In fact, all six games played this week by Lake County were decided late, as both of their losses came down to the wire. Their loss on Friday was a reversal of fortune after their sweep of the Lugnuts, as the Loons scored four in the ninth to win 7-4. On Saturday, the Captains allowed two four-run innings, but their comeback fell short despite a five-run seventh inning.

The win on Sunday, coupled with two straight losses by the South Bend Cubs, have the Captains just a half-game out of first place in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division. The first half crown could come down to the wire, as Lake County heads on the road for three in Bowling Green starting Monday before four games in South Bend before the All-Star break.

In other news and notes in the Captains’ log:

FOUR ALL-STARS FOR THE CAPTAINS

The Midwest League All-Star teams were announced and the Captains had four selections on the Eastern Division squad.

Shortstop Willi Castro, second baseman Tyler Krieger, catcher Francisco Mejia, and pitcher Tom Pannone were all selected to represent Lake County in the exhibition.

The 52nd Midwest League All-Star Classic is scheduled for June 21 from Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

ALL-STAR SNUBS

Connor Marabell and Nathan Lukes both have fair claims to make for their snubs from the Midwest League All-Star team, even with four teammates already on the squad.

Marabell snapped his six-game hitting streak in the series opener with the Loons before hitting safely on Saturday and Sunday. He is hitting .412 over his last ten games and .329 for the season, in addition to a .390 on-base percentage and .493 slugging percentage. He has 20 doubles, a triple, four home runs, and has driven in 37 through 58 games in his second season in the Indians organization after being selected in the 25th round of last season’s draft.

Lukes is performing just as well. The seventh round pick by Cleveland in last year’s draft, Lukes is hitting .323 with a .410 on-base percentage and .470 slugging mark through 55 games for the Captains this season. He is hitting .325 over his last ten. This year has been his first extensive look in the minor leagues after appearing in just five games for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers last season.

KRIEGER’S STREAK HITS 22

Krieger extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games on Sunday with a single in the fifth inning. He later tripled in the ninth inning with one out, settling the stage for the walk-off error three batters later.

MEJIA HOMERS IN LOSS

Mejia homered on the first pitch he saw in the game on Saturday, giving the Captains an early 1-0 lead on his fifth homer of the season. The Great Lakes Loons would run up eight straight runs before a five-run seventh inning by the Captains made the game close.

CHIANG GREAT IN GUT-WRENCHING LOSS

The Captains took a 4-3 lead into the ninth inning on Friday, but would lose 7-4 to the Loons. It erased the quality outing from Shao-Ching Chiang, who allowed three runs on five hits in six and two-thirds innings of work. He struck out a career-high eight batters, including a span of five straight at one point, and walked one. He started the game by retiring the first nine batters in order.

CAPTAIN COMEBACKS STUN LUGNUTS

The Captains took three straight games over Lansing in stunning fashion in Eastlake.

In Tuesday’s opener and trailing 6-5 in the ninth inning against Lansing All-Star closer Dusty Isaacs, Lake County put the first two men on before a game-tying double from Lukes. Castro, named an All-Star himself earlier that day, lifted a game-winning sacrifice fly to center to win it.

Wednesday, the Captains had some good and some bad, but thankfully for Lake County fans, the good prevailed as the Class-A club pulled out a 14-12 come-from-behind victory over the Lugnuts. The Captains used a season-high 20 hits to plate 14 runs, but also tied a franchise record with their six errors in the field. Trailing 11-10 in the bottom of the eighth, Lake County scored four times, getting a pair of two-out, two-run singles from Martin Cervenka and Jose Medina and held off the Lugnuts in the ninth for the victory.

On Thursday, the Captains trailed 5-0 after five and a half innings of play. They used a three-run sixth and a three-run eighth to steal a 6-5 victory at Classic Park over Lansing.

TRANSACTIONS

Outfielder Bobby Ison rejoined the Captains on Friday after a pit stop with the Lynchburg Hillcats. To make room for him on the roster, outfielder Silento Sayles was reassigned to Mahoning Valley.

Reliever Yoiber Marquina was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Saturday.

Photo: Tim Phillis/TCP Photography