The Lake County Captains (6-5) continued the offensive woes at Classic Park on Monday night but a timely hit gave the Captains all the offense they needed in a 1-0 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-5).
Miniard works out of trouble
Micah Miniard made his third start of the season for the Captains. Miniard worked around traffic on the base paths in all of the five innings he worked. In the first, Miniard worked around two singles and got a key caught stealing from catcher Logan Ice. In the second, Miniard got into trouble with a hit by pitch and a single. Miniard got help with his catcher’s arm again as he picked off the runner at third base, ending the threat. Miniard worked around a single in the third inning as he kept the Hot Rods scoreless.
The 8th round selection in the 2014 Draft struggled with command in the fourth inning as he walked two batters back-to-back but two groundouts ended the threat. Miniard’s night came to an end in the fifth inning when he left following an error and a single. Ben Krauth entered and picked off the runner at first and ended the inning with a swinging strikeout.
Miniard lowered his ERA to 0.75 through three starts with Lake County this season (1 ER in 12 IP).
Miniard’s final line: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 pitches (50 strikes)
3rd inning pitch speeds: 85 86 84 90 86 89 93 80 87 90 87
Ice solid on field
Catcher Logan Ice was a key part in the Captains part of the win on Monday night as he had a hand in all facets of the Captains win both offensively and defensively.
Ice cut down two baserunners trying to steal on Monday night. Ice chopped down the first runner in the top of the first inning trying to steal second base with an off-balance throw that was on point. One inning later, Ice nailed a runner at third base in a crucial spot.
With the game tied at zero in the sixth, Ice plated Li-Jen Chu with a RBI single to right field. Chu, who walked to reach base, moved from first to third on a wild pitch in order to score.
Ice finished with two hits on the night, including a double. He is batting .259 through nine games.
Captains’ manager Larry Day spoke about Logan’s night after the game.
“He sure had a great night\," Day said, "He’s a smart player, he made some great plays defensively tonight in the field. Obviously, the hit stands out for him. If Chu didn’t get a read on that wild pitch, things could have been different for the game. He had the runner thrown out at third and anytime you put zeroes on the board from a pitching standpoint, it’s a testament to the catcher.”
Home vs. Away
The Captains have played six games at Classic Park this season. In six games, including Monday, the Captains have scored 14 runs at home. In five road games, the Captains have scored 38 runs away from Classic Park. In the last road game at Lansing, Lake County scored 17 runs in the finale.