Mother Nature is finally letting us have a nice day for baseball to take place here in Northeast Ohio as it is 57 degrees outside and just a Northeastern wind at 13mph.
Bowling Green picked up a pair of hits in the first and second inning while the Captains were unable to muster a baserunner in the opening frame.
Lake County is unable to score in their second at bat and the contest heads to the 3rd tied 0-0.
Be sure to check out the Captains and all of the great content on their website at Captains Baseball including links to their radio broadcasts with their terrific broadcaster Andrew Luftglass.
First time I’ve ever been out here to the Eastlake area to get to see Classic Park in person and if you are looking for an affordable time for the family and a great time get in the car and head out here because this is a BEAUTIFUL place to watch a ballgame…..even if you can’t get into the pressbox where I sit up behind the home plate.
Oh and while you’re here be sure to get the grilled chicken sandwich, my personal favorite.
Nolan Jones who plays third base for the Captains just made one of the best plays at third I’ve seen in quite some time. On a sharp ground ball hit to him at third base he fields the ball and as he’s falling down nearly flat on his back he proceeds to tag the runner Vidal Brujan Jcoming from second base for the second out of the inning. Not to be outdone however just seconds later the Captains pick up their third out on a Bowling Green attempted steal and throw out by catcher Jonathan Laureano.
Follow along with the game if you can’t listen today: Box Score
Lake County is the single A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians while the Hot Rods represent the Tampa Bay Rays.
Austen Wade’s RBI double down the left field line scores the first run of the ballgame and puts the Captains on top 1-0 on Wade’s 8th run knocked in and 4th double of the young season. Passed ball by the Hot Rods catcher now allows Wade to move to third with Jorma Rodriguez hitting, 0-1 on the day.
Shameless plug: Andrew Luftglass (Follow Andrew on Twitter) will be the next guest of my podcast “PBP Stories” and will tell the story of his life and career. I’m really excited to record this interview as he has been a bit of everywhere as he will tell you on the new episode. Previous episodes with great stories from play by play men such as Marty Bannister, Logan Anderson and Kevin Gehl can be found on Itunes: PBP Stories.
Nolan Jones single up the middle into short center scores Austen Wade to make the game 2-0 Lake County in the bottom of inning three as the Hot Rods will go have a chat with their pitcher.
Lake County in their white jerseys today at home while the Hot Rods are in a navy blue jersey with orange numerals. If I had to go Mr. Blackwell for the fashion advantage between the two teams today it would go to the Captains with a sharp looking kit you can see below:
The third inning comes to an end on a ball hit out to left but man the wind has really picked up in the last 10-15 minutes as it is brutal blowing in from center now up behind the field where we sit.
One of the oddest things I’ve seen in a while at a game just happened in the outfield during the last half inning while the Captains were batting as play was stopped to pick up a camera that fell from behind the wall into the field of play. As Andrew pointed out on his broadcast (because I’ll be honest I didn’t know this): each major league team sets up a camera out there to review how their prospects are doing at the lower levels.
Two-way prospect Brendan McKay for the Hot Rods is someone to watch out for in the Tampa organization. I’ve seen him in just a couple of innings here as he is the DH for the day for his team but he pitched yesterday in the win over Lake County and after drawing a walk as I type this just stole second base. McKay attended Louisville where he played and pitched before being selected #4 overall and signed for a 7 million dollar signing bonus with the Rays.
Ronaldo Hernandez drives in a run and moves to second on an overthrow to cut the deficit they face to 2-1 here in the top of the 4th.
Wind update: BRUTAL. It’s the same 13mph as when we started out of the northeast but it feels way worse here in the area near Lake Erie. You know it is bad when the pitcher “warming up” is fully clad in a hoodie while tossing to his catcher in the bullpen. The catcher however has no hoodie on because well……they say those guys are the toughest (they = I).
Captains escape more trouble in the 4th with a groundout and lead 2-1 heading to their at bat in the bottom of the 4th.
Possibly my favorite thing about bullpens near the field and it applies here at Classic Park is that the pitchers who aren’t warming up to go in just hang out against the outfield wall trying to stay in the sun and away from the swirling wind to get warm.
Jonathan Laureano blasts one to right field and is gone here in the bottom of the fourth to put Lake County up 3-1. Bowling Green’s manager is now currently arguing whether it should be a homer or not while home plate umpire Ben Rosen says it’s gone. Andrew says on the live radio cast that is Laureano’s first hit of the season. Nice time to do it here for his team as they try to avoid being swept this weekend.
Lake County scores on a flare to right field just past the outstretched hands of the second baseman and again Bowling Green’s manager loses an argument with the home plate umpire about whether or not the runner should have been out at home on the throw as it was a very close play. Captains lead 4-1 in 4th with 2 outs as BG makes a pitching change.
New pitcher same result for Bowling Green, a run scored by Lake County who now lead 6-1 before a groundout 1-3 that ends the stanza.
Alex Valverde ends his day for BG giving up 6 hits in his 3.2 innings of work before being replaced by 22 year old Jose Disla.
1-2-3 half inning for BG at the plate in the fifth as the Captains will come to bat in the bottom of the frame after we find out “what’s in the box?” on the Lets Make a Deal promotion presented by Life Storage here at the ballpark.
If for some reason you don’t get that reference I’ll help you out: it’s a Brad Pitt quote from the movie Se7en. Please look it up.
The 50-50 here is nearly $300 today with a nice crowd on hand suffering through this windy Sunday that looks beautiful outside to root on their future Cleveland Indians.
Disla goes 1-2-3 to send the Captains down in order in the bottom of the fifth to send up the top of inning six with the home team on top 6-1.
An RBI groundout by Ronaldo Hernandez scores a run to make the lead 6-2 as former Iowa Hawkeye pitcher Nick Gallagher will come on to make his pro debut in relief for Lake County.
Gallagher was selected last season by the Indians in the 16th round after walking on at Iowa. The Captains will travel to near where he’s from in July of Iowa City when they visit Cedar Rapids for a weekend 3 day series on the 14th-16th. Cedar Rapids is located approximately 30 miles from Iowa City on 380.
The top of the 6th inning ends with Gallagher recording his first professional strikeout after arriving from extended spring squad Mahoning Valley as he sat down Eleardo Cabrera for the final out.
Another 1-2-3 stanza for Disla in the bottom of the 6th as he sends the game at 6-2 Lake County into the 7th.
The top of the 7th ends with a terrific shoe top catch by Austen Wade for Lake County.
7th inning stretch time here in Eastlake sees people getting up and active singing along, probably to try to stay warm or to try to win the section of the game promotion?
Jorma Rodriguez is the ice cream strikeout hitter of the game. Naturally he leads off by keeping the frozen treat away from people and improves on his .339 average with a single to right field. Captains load the bases with an error by the second baseman and a walk against Disla.
Ulysses Cantu batting with the bases loaded and a .178 average. I have to imagine he’s named for President Grant…..or now that I google it probably because it’s the Latin version of Odysseus which means wraithful if you don’t know. Whatever the reason for his name, Cantu gets a free RBI as he is walked by Disla whose day is now over with 1 out in the 7th and his team trailing 7-2.
Right handed pitcher Nick Padilla will come on to pitch for Bowling Green trying to not let any of Disla’s runners score. Padilla has a 6.75 ERA on the season and is a 21 year old from the Bronx drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft by Tampa out of Grayson Community College in Denison, Texas.
Close the book on Disla, all of his runners just scored on a long double to the warning track by Laureano that puts hit RBI total at 4 and the score at 10-2 Captains. Ground out ends the 7th.
Nothing happened in the top of the 8th inning run wise for Bowling Green as I walked around the park for a bit and found the VERY WARM Cargo Hold shop and well because I am me had to buy a hat. It is rather sharp and hey, they’re an Indians affiliate (who won today in Baltimore I might add) so I can support them:
No runs for the Captains in the bottom of the 8th so now Gallagher will look to pick up his 1st career save with the 3 inning quality work rule of it in a 10-2 game.
Ground out, line out, ground out for the final three outs of the inning as the Captains avoid the sweep and give Eli Morgan his victory of the season and Gallagher his first save.
Captains improve to 7-8 on the season while BG drops to 8-9. Lake County is home for a 4 game set this week against West Michigan beginning tomorrow at 6:30pm while Bowling Green will welcome the Captains to their house next weekend for a Friday through Sunday set.
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