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Captains Notebook: Emmanuel Tapia leads winning streak

Emmanuel Tapia stood out above the rest this past week as the Lake County Captains won four straight games. The IBI's Michael Trivisonno gives us the full breakdown of the Captains' success as well as which players did well and which fell short...

The Lake County Captains have seen a lot of success within the past week. After winning four games out of five, they now have a record of 7-5 and currently sit at a four game winning streak. Starting pitchers Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale have led the rotation as the top two guys on the mound while the team has really gotten some run support this past week as they averaged just above six runs per game, including a 17-run explosion in a game against Lansing last Saturday. The offense was led by first basemen Emmanuel Tapia, who has set the tone on the offensive side for the Captains.

Here’s what happened this week with the Captains...

Week In Review

4/13- Lake County 0, Lansing 5: Murphy (W, 1-0), Aiken (L, 0-2)
4/14- Lake County 5, Lansing 2: Bieber (W, 1-1), Ellenbest (L, 0-1)
4/15- Lake County 17, Lansing 5: Hillman (W, 1-1), Gutierrez (L, 0-2), Tully (S, 1)
4/17- Lake County 1, Bowling Green 0: Krauth (W, 3-0), Navas (L, 1-2), Martinez (S, 2)
4/18- Lake County 8, Bowling Green 0: Civale (W, 1-0), Rosenberg (L, 0-2)
4/19- Suspended due to rain. Will be rescheduled for Sunday, June 11.

Player of week

Emmanuel Tapia, 1B

Last Week: 5 G, 18 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 2 HR, 0 2B, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, .444 BA
Season To Date: 11 G, 40 AB, 5 R, 11 H, 2HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 12 K, .275 BA

Emmanuel Tapia did not start the season the way he was hoping to as he had just three hits in his first seven games with the Captains while plating only two runs and striking out 10 times. However, things have been slowly changing for him. It seems that Tapia has finally found a grove to his game swinging the hot bat as of late and he has nearly tripled his hits and RBIs this past week.

“Obviously, we see the hits,” manager Larry Day said regarding his recent success at the plate. “As far as where he hits them, it shows that he has a whole field approach. He was banging balls to left, banging balls up to middle, banging balls to right, so him using the whole field is good for him and that’s probably when he’ll have a lot of success.”

Emmanuel Tapia has been the best hitter for the team this past week. He ranks near the top in almost every major category for the season and clearly once he starts to get going with the bat, it really gets the team going as well. He is a player that has been feeling more comfortable at the plate as the season goes on. Tapia is a guy to watch throughout the rest of the season as he can lead the Captains to many more wins in the future.

Who’s Hot

Shane Bieber, SP

Last Week: 1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 1 R/ER, 2.53 ERA, 4 H, 0 BB, 11 K, 0.94 WHIP
Season To Date: 2 GS, 1-1, 10.2 IP, 3 R/ER, 2.53 ERA, 10 H, 0 BB, 18 K, 1.12 WHIP

Bieber earned his first win of the season in his last outing against Lansing. He showed his most dominant stuff on the mound as he pitched a six inning game while only giving up one run and striking out 11 batters. So far this season, he’s shown a knack for fanning batters as he has racked up 18 his first two starts.

Aaron Civale, SP

Last week: 1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 0 R/ER, 1.65 ERA, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.86 WHIP
Season To Date: 3 GS, 1-0, 16.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 12 H, 2 BB, 21 K, 0.86 WHIP

Civale earned his first win on the year this week in six innings of work against Bowling Green. It seems as though he has found his rhythm early on in the year as he has gotten better in every start. Pitching more innings and giving up less hits each outing is a promising sign of more to come on the mound from the righty.

Jose Medina, LF/ DH

Last week: 3 G, 11 AB, 4 R, 5 H, 3 HR, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, .375 BA
Season To Date: 8 G, 25 AB, 5 R, 3 HR, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, .280 BA

Jose Medina has had a solid week after struggling to hit the ball to start the season. He had a career day on April 15th against Lansing hitting three home runs and driving in five runs. He has been a focal point to the Captains success so far.

Who’s Not

Justin Garza, RP

Last Week: 1 G, 0-0, 3.1 IP, 3 R/ER, 8.10 ERA, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.50 WHIP
Season To Date: 2 G, 0-0, 6.1 IP, 7 R/ER, 9.95 ERA, 8 H, 4 BB, 8 K, 1.90 WHIP

After coming into the game for Brady Aiken, Garza gave up three more runs to add on to the loss for that night in just three and a third innings. He is in a slump to begin the 2017 season with him giving up seven earned runs in only six innings. Maybe he can start to gain some more confidence on their upcoming road trip.

Conner Capel, CF

Last Week: 5 G, 22 AB, 6 R, 3 H, 0 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, .136 BA
Season To Date: 11 G, 42 AB, 9 R, 10 H, 1 HR, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 14 K, .238 BA

Capel has struggled a bit to start the season as he has only recorded three hits in his last 22 at bats. Strikeouts have been a major problem as he has struck out 14 times in only 11 games played. It’s been a slow start for the 19-year-old early on in the season.

Brady Aiken, SP

Last Week: 1 GS, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 2 R/ER, 4.15 ERA, 4 H, 7 BB, 1 K, 2.31 WHIP
Season To Date: 2 GS, 0-2, 8.2 IP, 4 R/ER, 4.32 ERA, 10 H, 10 BB, 6 K, 2.28 WHIP

There was a lot of hype for Brady Aiken entering the 2017 season, but he has struggled early on pitching only a total of eight and two thirds innings in two games. Aiken has walked 10 batters already while only recording six strikeouts in two games. In order to start enjoying some success on the mound he needs to control more of his pitches.


4/17: 3B Miguel Eladio transferred to Lake County from Mahoning Valley
4/17: 2B Erlin Cerda placed on the 7- day disabled list

Coming up…

The Captains will begin their seven day road trip coming up. First, they take on the Western Michigan Whitecaps in a four game series and then travel to play the Great Lakes Loons for a three game series. Lake County is a combined 4-1 on the road this season as they will look to continue their winning ways away from Classic Park next week.

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